Goodbye Berlin, until we meet again.

I can’t believe I’m already a month into this six month Euro trip! I feel like I left Scotland a week ago and I am definitely not one to complain about time moving quickly.

Tomorrow morning I say goodbye to Berlin and head to the island of Mallorca. I’m excited to move on, mainly because I hope my allergies will fare better on an island but also because I’m looking forward to meeting more people on this journey. I’ll be living with at least one other woman during my two weeks in Palma, Mallorca, and plan to meet up with several other vegans.

The past month flew by! I lucked out with my accommodation for my first few weeks in Berlin as I had the chance to be hosted by a very friendly vegan couple I met on Instagram. (They are super-vegans, artistic, and perfect for each other!) Their hospitality made my transition to Berlin easy and positive. I couldn’t ask for better hosts.

Their flat was conveniently located close to the Warschauer Straße station, a stone’s throw away from the all-vegan supermarket Veganz and several other all-vegan restaurants and cafés. I couldn’t ask for a better location and I’m glad I was able to try a bit of the Berlin vegan scene!

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My favourite part of my Berlin experience was my usual visits to the Turkish market. Even though my phone was stolen from my bag as I browsed the market one day, my visits to the market were always positive. Truth be told, that day turned out to be one of the best days in Berlin! I had spent the night with a new friend, borrowed her bike that day and went for a long bike ride with two new acquaintances from Couchsurfing.com. We ended our ride at the market and snacked on cherries while sitting on the canal. That day was perfect regardless of my phone being stolen!

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After almost three weeks in Berlin, I ventured to Poland for a two week holiday. Poznań happens to be a short 3-hour train ride away from Berlin. At this time my boyfriend Kuba was visiting his family in Lisówki, a small village outside of Poznań, so I was able to spend my birthday with him and see, touch, and kiss him 24/7 for two weeks straight. I needed that!

And now I’ve been back in Berlin for almost a week. I’m grateful for the connections I’ve made and I enjoyed my time here but adjusting to life in Berlin was difficult for me in the beginning. Berlin is much different than Glasgow, Edinburgh, or Dundee, and I missed Scotland (and Kuba who currently lives there) every second. Also, the daily struggle with my allergies has been a real bummer! I just know that I don’t plan on visiting mainland Europe during the summer ever again.

I haven’t done much sight-seeing the past few days as I needed time to rest, but I used this time to better organise the next few months of my Euro trip. My accommodations are sorted for Mallorca, Barcelona, Paris, and Ljubljana, so I can breathe easy since I now have a place to sleep through late August. (Next step: plan my Croatia itinerary.)

I don’t know anything about Mallorca except that it’s very vegan-friendly and a popular holiday destination for beach lovers. I’m most excited about the beaches there. I hope they are similar to my favourite beaches in southern California. I can’t wait to see what fruit Mallorca has to offer.

And of course, I can’t wait to see what fruit Mallorca has to offer.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to sleep tonight. I’m that excited!

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