am ende der welt berlin

I've somehow just managed to slice my foot open on my desk and am now observing bubbles of blood slowly blossom out of the cut, but never mind, good morning, all is well here. Let's get to the point so I can finish procrastinating in an efficient manner and return to my studies like a good little grad student.

Am Ende der Welt is a lovely little café in Mitte, but in the part of Mitte that borders dangerously on being labelled (my beloved) Moabit - i.e. don't try to walk here from Friedrichstraße. (Perhaps "the end of the world" is an apt name, then, if your world is Mitte.) The space is a bit on the bare side, but if you're looking for a chill corner to watch the sunset's golden rays play themselves out over raw walls and warm wood while sipping a pretty good cup of coffee, this is totally your jam. Probably best to go alone, as loud conversation would somehow seem out of place and you might want to avoid being judged by hipsters on the content thereof.

Back to nutella and bread and remnants of homework. In two short weeks I'll be on the beach, wondering if it is really necessary to return to Berlin's endless winter. Can I finish up my degree remotely? I should look into that.


Café Am Ende der Welt
Scharnhorstraße 5
Berlin Mitte (10115 Berlin)
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la alhambra

Oh yes, did I forget to mention - ? I went to Spain, too, to catch up with an old friend in the beautiful city of Granada, oh-so-popular for Erasmus students and hostel partiers who don't know how to sleep without air conditioning (clearly I'm holding a grudge). The holiday ended in torrents of snot and a cough that wouldn't kick it for nearly a month, screw you rude dorm-mates who kept turning the temperatures down to ungodly temperatures with little regard for the contagious coughing fits infecting the rest of us. But that's traveling on a budget for ya.

The Alhambra is definitely one of the most beautiful sites I've seen in a while, and I've seen it before, back in 2008 with the fam. But this time I went early in the morning, when the light was perfectly golden and the crowds were still sleeping in. It's hard to believe this was built around the same time as Machu Picchu and yet produced such an uncomparable level of detail. Which reminds me - I wish my countrymen would stop hating on Muslims so much, because apart from most of them being lovely, normal people, it's embarrassingly reflective of the West's lack of education to say they come from "primitive, backwards societies" when they were pumping out stuff of this mathematical caliber back when the West was still in the Dark Ages. So SHUT UP DONALD TRUMP AND FOX NEWS, GAWD and I wish you all a lovely weekend.

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cliffs of moher

Day 7: Cliffs of Moher
Crossing places off the list of Top Tourist Destinations like it's our job, we hit the Cliffs of Moher, also known as the CLIFFS OF INSANITY (high five for solid Princess Bride reference!), next. It costs money to enter the main way, but luckily we ran into some other chill roadtrippers/campers who let us privy on a little side road from whence one can hike. Also luckily because the hike was probably the coolest part.

I found the cliffs themselves to be a bit of a disappointment, but I am privileged enough to be jaded. They are indeed tall, although I suspect they really only pass as INSANITY from the bottom looking up. Maybe give a boat tour a whirl if you've got a bit of extra budget. Otherwise, if you've been driving around the Irish coast or after staring off into the sunny ocean horizon from the Aran Islands, it can seem a bit more same-old same-old, like when you check out a new German brewery in the hopes it will be new and exciting! but actually it's just more of the same.

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aran islands

Day 4 (Day Favorite): Aran Islands
There is a strike through that s because I would be lying if I said we visited more than one island. We should have visited more than one island.

Inis Mór (Inishmore) will always be our little island of summer, aka that time Ireland gave me a (mild) sunburn?! (Toto, are we even in Ireland anymore?!) The island can be reached by ferry from Rós a' Mhíl, where it turns out if you wander around looking lost enough some friendly Irish people will invite you to camp in their yard for free (church sideyard also available for the lost and tented), or Doolin, where you can camp for 20 Euros with 1-euro showers. Cute cafés though.

On the island itself, bike rentals are in high supply for those in any sort of shape at all, and boy does this island make for a glorious bike ride - highly recommended for efficient and breezy viewing of the cows and sheep and quaint houses and cliffs galore. In any case, no shortage of pretty in this place. Five stars.

P.S. Day 5: Galway (not pictured here)
Meh, unless partying with the tourists is your thing/you don't over-identify with the "I" in your Myers-Briggs type.

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connemara national park

Days 2-3: Connemara National Park
Since we were in the country of rolling greenery, we pulled on our sneakers and hit the hills. Then it drizzled on and off the entire day, clearly just so we could get the authentic Ireland summer experience. But this was a good day because it made me feel fit. Also, we discovered that you can camp in national parks across Ireland for free, as long as you are at least 400 meters from any roads. No showers though.

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