Jimmy R.

Jimmy R.

Provo, Utah

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  • Görlitzer Park

    Berlin
    Outdoor Activity / Park
    Görlitzer Park - Outdoor Activity | Park in Berlin.
    Jan 7, 2013 Gritty Yet Enjoyable "Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg is well known as one of two parks central to Berlin's drug trade, the other being Volkspark Hasenheide in Neukölln. The moment you set foot in Görlitzer Park, you will be approached by drug dealers asking if you want to buy marijuana, cocaine, or ecstasy. It's a lot like the Las Vegas strip, but located in a beautiful park and with many, many more drug dealers. Whether you can tolerate the drug trade will determine whether you will enjoy this park. If the drug dealers put you off, nearby Treptower Park is much prettier and cleaner-cut, and there are dozens of good options all around Berlin for places to enjoy the fresh air. But, don't let the drug dealers turn you away from the whole experience. First of all, Görlitzer Park is much safer than any park you could buy drugs in in America. During the daytime, there are lots of people around, and the police raid the park regularly (I would venture to say at least several times a week). Görli, as it is affectionately called by Berliners, is one of my favorite parks in Berlin exactly for its bizarre denizens. In a quick walk through the park, you'll see pregnant women, geriatrics, young families, hipsters, business- men and women, hippies, and, of course, dealers. It's a strange and interesting mix, and it's a large part of what gives the park its flair. Inside Görli's walls, you can relax and catch some sun on the remnants of an old train station, which is now a terraced set of concrete steps. The steps are a great place to post up and have a couple of beers with your friends and serve as an excellent vantage point to watch all the strange goings-on that undoubtedly occur at any given moment. Across the way, there is a coffee shop with tasty, inexpensive coffee right next door to blacklit, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf. In the neighborhood surrounding, you can find indoor swimming as well as a number of solid, hole-in-the-wall restaurants. The population of Kreuzberg is primarily Turkish-German, so you can expect to find a lot of interesting and delicious turkish food (e.g., köfte, döner, dürüm). Under no circumstance should you try the currywurst stand under the Görlitzer Bahnhof train station, though. I have it on good authority that it's the worst currywurst available city-wide. All that said, I would be remiss if I did not mention that the park is dangerous at night. In the day time, you will definitely be safe if you mind your own business. In fact, most of the time, nothing remotely dangerous will happen. However, I have witnessed a fight over racial comments between opposing gangs of drug dealers. At that point, I simply did the sensible thing and left the park without problem. Just don't touch any garbage and you should be fine. The dealers hide their wares in garbage--especially black, plastic bags and old styrofoam containers from fast food. If you just want a bit of sunshine and fresh air, Görlitzer Park may be too much hassle and you would be better served with a park closer to your hostel or apartment. But, then, where else could you see a hippy riding a unicycle past a cocaine deal? " hide
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  • Rosi's

    Berlin
    Club / Lounge
    Rosi's - Club | Lounge in Berlin.
    Jan 7, 2013 Something for (Nearly) Everybody "Rosi's is an eclectic, strange little club and bar just off of S-Bahnhof Ostkreuz in Friedrichshain, Berlin. The outside is surrounded by corrugated tin fencing topped in barbed wire, with surly-looking bouncers on duty. Despite its uninviting exterior, the best thing about Rosi's is that they never turn anyone away. To illustrate, a friend of mine had a drunken habit of bringing his childhood stuffed emu with him to clubs, and never had any problems getting in. In fact, to my knowledge, the only time the bouncer will deny you entry is if you're belligerently drunk or forget your ID. Once you pass through the entry into the open-air part of Rosi's, all of the intimidating, stalag-esque features fade away into what is, in my opinion, the most comfortable bar and club in Berlin. The yard is littered with couches and chairs, as well as a few fire pits and ping-pong tables. It's a great place to escape for a minute to grab a breath of fresh air and have a conversation, or alternatively just wreck your lungs with a few more cigarettes--that's what I did, anyways. Inside, the music is a strange mix of 90s tunes and a wide array of contemporary genres, which is a refreshing change from the minimalist house music which is so prevalent in Berlin's club scene. The decor is truly something to behold, with peeling wallpaper and various oddities strewn about the sitting rooms. To some, that description might sound painfully hip and off-putting, but Rosi's comes across as quirky and charming, as compared with, say, Madame Claude's in Kreuzberg. At Madame Claude's, the furniture is glued to the ceiling alongside their high-nosed attitudes and overpriced drinks. Rosi's is more inviting than exclusive, and the sitting rooms serve as a great place to roll up a couple of cigarettes and meet strangers. The dance floor is crowded, energetic, and lively, even on slower nights. The bar is located right next to the dance floor, which is convenient, because I need at least a few drinks in me before I'm feeling ready and able to dance. Although, with Rosi's warm and welcoming atmosphere, even the biggest wallflower might need a couple fewer drinks before they're ready to, as the Germans say it, lay a hot sole on the dance floor. The other bright side is that if you really do need a bit more liquid courage, the drinks are reasonably priced and the service is quick, despite the crowds. I'd especially recommend the 2€ Mexikaner shots--a spicy bloody mary shot made with vodka and tequila. Rosi's is the must-see venue in Berlin's club culture. If you're the type who only likes high class joints where all the girls where black cocktail dresses and stiletto heels, Rosi's isn't going to do it for you. However, it's difficult to imagine just about anybody else resisting Rosi's overwhelming charm. " hide
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  • Barcomi's

    Berlin
    Café
    Barcomi's - Café in Berlin.
    Jan 7, 2013 Ex-Pat Café With American-Style Food "Cynthia Barcomi is a well known chef & baker in Germany and has written several cookbooks. I first heard of her from a fellow baking-enthusiast friend of mine who lives in the Steglitz area of Berlin and I've actually tried making a recipe from Barcomi's website for hazlenut chocolate cheesecake and it was incredible. So, when I found out that Barcomi had a few bakeries in Berlin, I was champing at the bit to try them out. I didn't expect the goods to be baked by Barcomi herself (she has several bakeries), but I figured the recipes would be good. The first thing you will note as you enter Barcomi's is that everyone is speaking English. I'm not certain why that is, but if I had to guess, it's because many of the wares sold there cater to more of an american palett. That is, cupcakes, cakes, and cinnamon rolls are all very decadent and sweet. Mind you, I love sweet and decadent foods, so for me, Barcomi's was a pleasant experience, on the whole. I ordered a bagel and coffee with a slice of carrot cake for desert. My girlfriend ordered a cinnamon roll and a cup of orange juice. We shared all of the above, which means that I ate basically everything. I have a sweet-tooth that wouldn't be out of place in a sabertooth tiger's smile. The cinnamon roll was okay, nothing special. I wouldn't order it in the future. The carrot cake, on the other hand, was excellent. It was incredibly moist and flavourful with just the right amount of frosting. The juice was unimpressive. It tasted like the juice you'd snag at any other cafe around Berlin, which is to say overpriced and from mediocre. The coffee was actually pretty good as far as drip coffee goes. However, when we visited Barcomi's, it was very crowded. As a result, we had to wait a long time for our order to be filled, there was no seating, and--this is speculation--the coffee was probably fresher than it would normally be in less-busy times. On the whole, I'd say give Barcomi's a pass unless you're in the area, or are a huge fan of carrot cake. Barcomi's isn't a place you travel to Europe for; it's the standard fare you have in your home town in middle America. It's tasty, but nothing extraordinary. In a city full of delicious bakeries, Barcomi's simply fails to stand out. " hide
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