Running in: Germany (Berlin)

Berlin

It's hard to write about running in Berlin because it was the least memorable thing I did there, after the street art, the inside-museum art (over the course of the month I went to maybe a dozen or more galleries and museums, but the Berlin Biennial at the KW Institute was a favorite), the nightlife, and tramping around in the abandoned Iraqi embassy to East Berlin. 

Over the month I developed a theory of optimal running sightseeing. The very best places to see while running are 1) huge tourist attractions and 2) major parks or waterways. The worst place to run is around a neighborhood: I'd always prefer to be walking so I can duck into shops, or stop and people-watch, or take photos, or whatever.

At (for lack of a better term) "tourist attractions," you don't really need or want to take a photo (there are millions of photos of it already on the internet). You don't even want to be there for very long: they are crowded and unpleasant and not the kinds of places I'd like to spend a half a day getting to, jostling around with other tourists, straining to get my very own photo of [whatever]. In Paris, we ran along the Seine. In Cologne, we ran to the cathedral and across the Rhine. And in Berlin, we ran along the Tiergarten (but not in, regrettably) to the Bradenburg Gate. 

It's a nice gate!

I will briefly mention our other, more interesting adventures in Berlin:

We are at the abandoned Iraqi embassy.

We are at the abandoned Iraqi embassy.

Visa applications

Visa applications

A few other miscellaneous photos:

My first kaese spaetzle!

My first kaese spaetzle!

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