Xmas and New Year in Berlin
We spent Christmas day and New Year in Berlin this year, for a total change to our holiday, It was nice to have a long break of a week, and also nice to experience Berlin at a different time of year.
We stayed in the Quentin Design Hotel, located right next door to Gear, so in the heart of the gay district. Its a nicely designed hotel, although I think it may be our last stay here, as this visit cemented that renting an apartment gives you a little bit more freedom whilst in Berlin, and a weeks stay is a lot of meals and eating out to plan. Although I love the hotel, the cleaning service over Christmas and the care and attention to detail was a little lacking.
What I envisaged would be a weeks kink-fest actually turned into a quieter more serene and peaceful holiday break. Lots of places had weird opening times over this week, but we mainly frequented Prinznecht (which was decorated superbly over Christmas, and very much in line with the festive spirit), Woof!, Scheune and New Action. A sports kit party on Scheune was interesting when a group of 6 Australian rugby guys turned up in rugby kit. We spent our NYE in New Action dressed in our Kink gear, but it was a lot quieter than previously during the week. We didn’t get chance to go to Mutschmanns, Quaelgeist, or Connections. But I think a lot of the time, the mood just wasn’t there to play, so we had a quiet relaxing holiday instead.
Berlin is really pretty with its Christmas markets on the main high street, and the snow that we had on Boxing day made Berlin feel like a real magical place. I think I may be done with the city itself now, in terms of places I haven’t explored, but we have rebooked our flights and tickets for Folsom in September 2015, and booked our usual 8 person apartment, so I’m looking forward to exploring the kink and nice side of Berlin with friends again later in the year.