I’m going to Warsaw – It’s going to be astonishing and quite wacky!

Chopin - Classical Warsaw - Poland's most famous composer and virtuoso pianist.
Chopin – Poland’s most famous composer and virtuoso pianist.

So in the very nearest future, I’m going to Warsaw.

Yep!

Warsaw.

In Poland.

I like Poland. Very much. In fact, I have a love affair with the Czech Republic and I like Eastern Europe too. I always have and I probably always will.

Nevertheless, Europe has been in the news over the awful way some countries have treated in-coming refugees, many of whom have witnessed terrible situations.

Greece - #Refugeesarewelcome.
Compassion – #Refugeesarewelcome.

It’s distressing to see.

This blog. My blog is not about politics but every now and then I put in a line or two over a contemporary issue that affects us all, and my two shakes about this is that our help is needed. It’ll be winter soon and the refugees will need protection, food, clothing and shelter but most importantly, they’ll need understanding and compassion.

#Refugeesarewelcome.

Back to the topic at hand.

Pooooooland!

I’ve been going to Poland on and off for probably about twenty (20) years. The first place that I ever went to was Krakow. It’s a lovely place and has a history of dragons!

At the opera in Krakow. Courtesy of krakow.pl
At the opera in Krakow. Courtesy of krakow.pl

At the time, I was doing a six (6) week road-trip around Eastern Europe and we were just into the second (2nd) week when my German boyfriend (Ha! How I like German boys!!!) became ill and since I don’t drive we had to call our insurance company to send over a driver so that we could get home.

And they did!

Meanwhile, we had booked into a hostel and I had taken out the Polish equivalent of £200 just the day previous, as we didn’t know when next we would find a bank. It was the mid-90’s you see…! Poland was surprisingly civilised and up to par with technology when even Berlin at that time, had problems accepting an EC card, not to talk of a credit card.

It sometimes still does!

Anyway, once we knew that we couldn’t continue our trip, I obviously wanted to return the Polish Zloty that I had, as the currency was not convertible. If you had it, you kept it, used it, or lost it.

I didn’t want to lose £200 so I asked the Polish bank in Krakow to reconvert the cash for me.

Ummm!

They said No!

No?

No!

Why not?

Apparently, that was the bank managers monthly salary and it was a huge amount of money in those days and anyway, who did I think I was?

Bloody, stupid tourists!

!&%$?!

money

I was quite arrogant in those days so I stamped my pretty little foot and insisted that I speak to the bank manager.

The bank manager came out as I was beginning to make a British scene. He agreed that I was in my rights to ask for a currency exchange but it would take a couple of days as it was such a huge amount of money and they didn’t have enough British money, only US dollars.

I didn’t want US dollars. I wanted my precious British pound sterling.

In cash.

And then the bank manager got ugly and said that there was no proof that I had even withdrawn any money from their bank!

Aha!

I’m quite an organised lady especially where my hard-earned money is concerned and I’ve even got receipts from twenty (20) years ago, not to talk of 24 hours!

I handed the bank manager the cash machine receipt, my credit card and my passport and it all tallied up. Indeed, I had withdrawn £200 worth of Zloty merely a few hours previously.

I got all my money in full.

And I still like Krakow.

I returned a few years later on a wintry November afternoon where I tried very hard to spend €50.00 worth of Zloty all weekend, and I couldn’t.

Everything was awfully cheap in those days.

It still is!

Bernardo Bellotto: a Venetian painter in Warsaw - Musée du Louvre.
Bernardo Bellotto: a Venetian painter in Warsaw – Musée du Louvre.

Warsaw, I’m told, isn’t.

Ah Warsaw.

Gulp!

I try to go to Poland every two (2) years or so. Yes. I like it that much but I tend to go to Poland ‘cos I like the Baltic Sea.

And I’ll tell you a secret. I like the Polish Baltic Sea more than I like the German Baltic Sea.

Oooops!

Here’s some history.

POLAND

In Poland.

Poland also known as the Republic of Poland is a country in Eastern – Central Europe. It’s border is about 1.5 hours away from Germany so if you visit Berlin, then Poland is pretty much a hop and a skip away! Poland is also surrounded by the Czech Republic, Slovakia (not Slovenia), the Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and of course, the Baltic Sea itself!

It’s an old country dating back from 966 and is enormously proud of its post-communist background and historic roots.

It’s the sixth (6th) largest EU country and even though it joined the European Union in 2004, it still retained it’s own currency known as the Polish Zloty (PLN) which today is 100 PLN or €23.7 / $26.5.

WARSAW

Warsaw by Night - Poland.

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and has been for over 400 years! It’s Poland’s largest city and is a living, breathing cultural space. The old part of town was founded in the 13th century and is surrounded by city walls which were destroyed during WWII. In 1980, Warsaw became a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Culture and is now a lively place, bustling with tourists and locals, and crammed with art, archeology, historical exhibitions and society.

Warsaw is a bustling metropolis and features an unforgettable aristocratic history, a pulsing nightlife and enchanting parks.

It sounds like just the type of place that I would go to.

And yet.

I’ve never ever been to Warsaw.

Ever!

in Warsaw.

I had always heard that Warsaw was an ugly place with no character or heart until I met some Polish people at our B&B in Lithuania. They came from Warsaw. We got chatting and I asked them to tell me about Warsaw. They told me it had a river and beaches.

It. Had. A. River.

You know how much I love river-states having lived in them all my life, in one place or the other!

As soon as I heard that I just knew that I had to go visit for myself.

To say that I’m excited is to say the very least. In fact, I’m not excited, I’m thrilled and exhilarated!

I’m not even there yet and already I’ve had a bevy of people just dying to show me around. Thank you so much everyone!

WHAT IS THE BRITISH BERLINER GOING TO BE DOING IN WARSAW?

The Deutsche Bahn train leaving Berlin.
The Deutsche Bahn train leaving Berlin.

Well, I’m going to be travelling by train.

Yay!

I love trains!

I’m going to meet up for a few drinks on the day that I arrive. I’m going to be a hanging out in an old communist van with Adventure Warsaw.

Adventure Warsaw
Adventure Warsaw

Adventure Warsaw is an urban off-the-beaten-track sightseeing tour. I’m going to be introduced to pre-World War Warsaw, shown around the Praga neighbourhood, given the low-down of contemporary Warsaw, learning about the communist era, having lunch at a milk-bar and hopping around town in a genuine classic Nysa 1968 Polish van!

It’ll be charming!

I’ll be doing my own personal historical tours as I hear their museums and galleries are something that I must just see. In the evening, I’ll be snacking and going for cocktails on Warsaw’s oldest Pub Crawl.

Cocktails at the rooftop bar of Cloud 47 in Bangkok!
Cocktails at the rooftop bar of Cloud 47 in Bangkok!

Yes! I’ll be putting my glad rags on, strapping my boots, sipping on classics and downing some shots.

I might even go clubbing.

Warsaw Pub Crawl, Poland.

Oh god! I’m used to being on the guest list and having a car take me home or a driver waiting.

Wish me luck!

Polish Your Cooking
Polish Your Cooking

I’ll also be doing something culturally useful and learning how to make one of my favourite Polish dishes – pierogi. I’ll be joining Polish your Cooking who have bravely offered to teach me how to master some culinary skills and familiarize with the local cuisine in a fun and casual atmosphere.

I’m going to have breakfast with them, learn about the history and cuisine of Polish cooking and make Pierogi Grandma Style. We even get a certificate too.

I just hope nobody dies!

Insects on food! Photo@ blogspot.com
Insects on food!
Photo@ blogspot.com
And to add to the excitement, I’m going to be staying at a unique designer boutique hotel called Autor Rooms. The hotel is located in one of Warsaw’s most beautiful and historic kamienica-style residential buildings and is an artistic concept all of it’s own. Designed by independent young creatives from a world of fashion, crafts, art and design, I really can’t wait to see the outcome for myself.
The creators & owners of Author Rooms!
The creators & owners of Author Rooms!

Even though I’ll be a guest of the above organisations and be part-sponsored by the hotel, all opinions and the interesting architecture that I’m bound to find interesting, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

Stay tuned!

In the next few weeks, I’ll be at the following events:

From 28.09.15 – 07.10.15 the Bar Jeder Vernunft will be presenting, for one (1) week only, a festival of top British entertainment – Britain’s Best! Music and Comedy.

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & FB!

If you’re going to Warsaw or Bristol or Bath, let me know!

September is going to be surprising!

Watch this space!

I'm going to Warsaw!

Have you ever been to Warsaw? Would you like to go to Poland?

See you in Berlin.

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Remember that time when……Tales of Disaster!

Oh dear! What to do!
Oh dear! What to do!

This year has been amazing. in 2014, I went to 10 (ten) countries and September hasn’t yet ended and I’ve travelled to nine (9) countries already!

Yes, nine (9) countries!

Travelling to a foreign country is always exciting and recently, I read a post from a young American blogger called Amanda, in which she shared travel stories that weren’t so nice. She called her piece: Bloggers and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Travel Day.

I also read a very engaging post from another American blogger called KemKem. She told us about what can happen to people who aren’t properly prepared. You could end up scrubbing toilets for tuppence! Read it here: Quit your job, sell your stuff and be a digital nomad? NO. Not Yet!

Now believe it or not, my blog isn’t even two (2) years old and even though it’s a young, dynamic blog (Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!), I have been travelling far and wide BEFORE the blog itself existed.

Oh yes sirree!

On the beach in Sanur, Bali.
On the beach in Sanur, Bali.

I have been to 30 countries in Europe, 10 countries in Asia, 6 countries in Africa, 2 countries in North America, 1 country in South America, 1 country in the Middle East, 5 dependent islands, That makes a grand total of 55 countries.

I have had some exciting times.

I have had some intriguing times.

And some of those times were rather more adventurous than I expected.

Or even wanted!

So here’s a few to whet your appetite for the week. Here we go…

IN ASIA

At the Ranthambore National Park, India.
At the Ranthambore National Park, India.

Remember that time when I arrived in Delhi (India) and my executive deluxe room (just €17.00) had been given to somebody else!

I had heard rumours of the chaos and disorganisation of Asian bookings so I had actually searched out the room myself on-line (Ha! Ha!) and had asked STA (Student Travel Agency) in Berlin to book it on my behalf. I paid them here and called the hotel in Delhi.

Everything was fine.

A week to go, I called the hotel. The booking had been received.

24 hours prior, I faxed the hotel whilst I had a 24 hour stop-over in Istanbul. All was perfectly OK.

The Indian hotel even sent a driver to pick me up at the airport as my flight arrived at 02.00 in the wee hours, but when I finally got to the Reception desk at 03:00, the Hotel Receptionist didn’t know who the hell I was!

My room was nowhere to be seen and my already paid-for-and-confirmed-booking was nowhere to be found!

His solution. I ought to go to another hotel “down the road!”

I was so scared.

The Taj Mahal in India.
The Taj Mahal in India.

I was in India.

Solo.

And Alone.

I absolutely refused to move from his side and stood in front of him.

I showed him the receipt, the hotel confirmation, the copy of the bill and the fax, but he just shrugged his shoulders and carried on watching Indian TV.

And then I began to cry.

And cry.

And cry.

Ad then I don’t know whether he was embarrassed, or just wanted to take pity on me but he asked me to wait.

I waited.

For two (2) hours!

Local Indian men, India.

And then a man came out with his belongings and a blanket wrapped around his waist. An old woman went into a room and washed and cleaned it.

That was my room.

He never did explain what happened, and I never asked. I was just happy to be safe and sound.

And then I locked the door and went to sleep for a few hours before being awoken by the shrilling sounds of a poppadom man on the first (1st) daunting day in India.

AFRICA

A camel in the Tunisian Sahara Desert.

Remember that time when I got mugged by a bunch of children in Tunisia!

These were the days before mobile phones.

I had decided to go on a last-minute holiday to Hammamet for just €99.00. Now one of the beauties of going on a “last-minute” holiday was that you didn’t really know where you were going and you had to leave everything to chance and cross your fingers LOL! It was January, low season, and our hotel was quiet.

Hence €99.00 for a week. Including the flight, and a half-board 4-star hotel!

I didn’t want to spend all my time around my hotel so I decided to go to the local market.

Tunisian craft

I’ve always enjoyed talking to local people, taking photographs and generally poking my nose here and there.

I happened to stop at a shop which sold leather purses and handbags. I bought two (2) and continued to wander aimlessly around.

Suddenly, a bunch of young children came running towards me.

I had been day-dreaming so didn’t see them coming and ended up right in the middle of at least 20 kids.

I held my hands up to hold my balance and that was when I realised that a little hand had slipped their fingers into my pockets, and taken my purse.

My purse which had money in it and my keys.

I have the tones and look of a teacher. I tried to gather them all up and decipher who had taken my purse.

I asked them to open their hands, but they just giggled, opened their hands and ran circles around me.

No purse.

$?&!!&!

How do I get back to my hotel?

I don’t have any money.

What should I do?

Cobbled streets in Tunisia.

I thought a moment and remembered the man who I had shopped at. Luckily, I remembered where he was as I had spent at few hours there haggling, and drinking tea.

The fellow didn’t speak any English and I don’t speak any Arabic or French (only school French which didn’t really help…!) but somehow, someone was able to explain what had happened.

This man who had never previously met me before that day, kindly offered to lend me some money so that I could get back to my hotel.

The hotel had to break open my suitcase as the keys were in my purse AND I had to pay for a new room key, but whatever!

The next day, I went back to the market and I returned the loan and tried to give the man a tip but he wouldn’t take it.

I never forgot him.

Oh, and when I travel. I leave my suitcase keys in the hotel safe and leave my house keys.

At home!

EUROPE

A European Capital of Culture.
A European Capital of Culture.

Remember that time when I went to the Isle of Skye in Scotland and we ended up sleeping in the office!

I’ve been to Scotland many times. I like Scotland.

It can be rough but it has a charm of it’s own.

Now because I’m married, have a child, and a job as a corporate inter-cultural life coach, educational English language trainer and teacher in Berlin, as well as this wonderful lifestyle, travel, expat blog, at some point I have to start planning for travel.

Keep calm!
Don’t worry!
Don’t panic!

 

I have to get smart.

Now I’ve said it before but if you’re over 25 years old with jobs, families, responsibilities, and crossroads in front of you, you need to do what I do.

I live life to the full, I work hard at my office and on my blog, and I get creative.

Yes, creative.

I first went to the Isle of Skye in 2007 and at that time only a little over 2,000 people lived on the Island, and the Island had just one hostel.

That one hostel had just one double room.

Which I had booked.

I reserved and booked it exactly one year ahead as we wanted to go to the Isle of Skye at peak time.

In August!

The amazing Red Hot Chilli pipers doing their stuff in Glasgow. Photo@ Chris James.
The amazing Red Hot Chilli pipers doing their stuff in Glasgow.
Photo@ Chris James.

We had been travelling around Scotland and had already been to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen, and Inverness and the Isle of Skye was to be a highlight.

We arrived in the early evening after crossing through the Cuillin mountains so imagine my surprise, when we checked in and our booking wasn’t there.

Scratch that.

Our booking WAS there but someone had crossed it out with a pencil!

No need to panic. The guy manning the desk was just a boy. We’ll go to the local pub and come back later.

Wonderful British cheese, Scottish oatcake & English cider © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Wonderful British cheese, Scottish oatcake & English cider
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

We came back a few hours later and indeed, our reservation WAS correct but the room was no longer available!

The manager apologised appropriately and promised to find us another room which he would personally pay for.

Well, he called as many establishments as he called.

He pretty much called the world, being that the Island is quite tiny, but no can do.

It’s August and High Season you see.

Go crazy!
Go crazy!

Not a spare room to be had anywhere.

Oh, did I tell you that I was travelling with my son. British law states that children cannot share sleeping space with adults who are non-family members hence, the private room!

In the end, the hostel made up the office and put in camping beds, and that was how we spent our first night sleeping in the manager’s office!

Are these the only stories I have?

Nope!

Books - Image Credit WhyDev

I have loads more but I’ll leave them for another day because in the next few weeks, I’ll be on the road again. This time there’ll (hopefully) be no room for disasters.

In November, I’ll be going to Bristol & Bath.

@Brunels ss Great Britain in Bristol.
Brunels’ ss Great Britain in Bristol.

I’m going to be the guest of Destination Bristol and I’ll be staying in a stylish rooftop rocket at the Brooks Guest House in Bristol. I’m going to be opening my intellect at the Bristol Old Vic. You know how much I love drama and theatre. Get a hanky and a glass of wine ready!

I’ll be chomping my way through an English fare of rabbit or lamb at The Cowshed and spending an afternoon shopping and daintily sipping and chewing Afternoon Tea at the Avon Gorge Hotel. Yum! Yum! I also have plans to go on a ship that changed the world and a historical walk through the town.

Bristol is going to be so much fun!

The Pump Room in Bath.
The Pump Room in Bath.

I’ll let you know what I’ll be doing in Bath once things are cut and dried but I’ll most likely be exploring the history behind the city’s spa culture, the 2,000 year old Roman Baths, peeking into Georgian England, nibbling on an original “Sally Lunn” bun and losing myself in the fashionable society of Jane Austen!

In October, I’ll be going to Poland.

Yay!

I won’t say anything more as I’m going to write a huge post about it next week. If you want more information, check out my post from last week LOL!

I’ll be writing all about my up-coming adventures in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Classical Warsaw.
Classical Warsaw.

This article isn’t sponsored and all opinions and the delicious Polish dumplings that I am sure to enjoy, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be at the following events:

On 24.09.15, Travel Massive Berlin branch will be celebrating Berlin Food Week with The taste of travel at Facciola. If you’re a blogger or interested in travel, come meet us.

Until 26.09.15 only, the Wintergarten Varieté will be presenting The SOAP Opera show or Show SEIFEN OPER. Go see it before it’s too late!

From 28.09.15 – 07.10.15 the Bar Jeder Vernunft will be presenting, for one (1) week only, a festival of top British entertainment – Britain’s Best! Music and Comedy.

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & FB!

If you’re going to Warsaw or Bristol or Bath, let me know!

September is going to be delicious!

Watch this space!

Remember that time when ...Tales of Disaster!

Have you ever had a travel disaster? Spill the beans!

See you in Berlin.

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My 100th blog post celebration. Hip! Hip! Hurraaaah!

A British cream tea!

Wow!

I’m popping the champagne!

Today is the publication of my hundredth (100th) blog post. That’s 100 blog posts since this little baby went into publication on the 21st October, 2013.

At the end of 2013!

And what an amazing collection of stories, visits, and adventures that I have been on.

I know that people, bloggers in particular, don’t like the notion of luck and quite frankly, I’m not one to talk of fate, but when I happen to be in the right place at the right time, I don’t know what else to call it.

So I’ll help you.

We love my blog!

I call it jolly good luck with masses of enthusiasm, buckets of really hard work and shaken and stirred with all the people I have met along the way, who have helped and supported me on my quest to being a successful British blogger.

Living in this wonderful city called Berlin.

In Germany.

And most importantly, of all.

YOU!

The readers.

Where would I be without you?

Random strangers can be interesting!
Random strangers can be interesting!

From the very beginning, my blog has always been read.

At no point did I feel that I was writing to myself. No siree!

I write for myself yes, and that’s extremely important ‘cos that way you get to hear my quirky voice and weird sense of humour.

You get to hear about my distaste of anything with chocolate. Except for Cadbury’s milk chocolate bars and chocolate buttons!

Of how I hate bananas.

And how coffee makes me vomit.

Disgusting stuff!

Chocolate Pudding.
Chocolate Pudding. Everything I dislike!

You get to read about my adventures of falling down ski-lifts, being dragged up live volcanoes, blagging my way through Fashion Week and travelling through a region that needs great courage and strength of determination.

Yes!

Ladies & Gentlemen,

I bring you Cersei Lannister of King’s Landing and Daenerys Targaryen and her terrible dragons.

I bring you…

Game of Thrones.

Ooops. Wrong story!

My blog The British Berliner is read and continues to be read by people from all over the world and from all works of life.

But the biggest surprise of all is that even though I write in English, the amount of Germans who read my blog has been staggering. It turns out that thousands do.

Every week.

It turns out that the number one nationality of readers who love my blog are Americans, second (2nd) are Germans and my fellow British readers are third (3rd)!

You've all been brilliant. Thank you so much!
You’ve all been brilliant.
Thank you so much!

Thank you all so much!

Let’s not forget that The British Berliner is a lifestyle expat travel blog about culture, history, travels around the world, Europe, and being British in Berlin. It focuses on me, a British girl from Manchester living in Berlin with my German husband and my half British – half German son, my promotion of British-German life, international culture, history, literature, theatre, style, the English Language, travels around the world, what I do in normal every day life and where I go.

Oh yes!

This year has been gloriously splendid.

Berlin - very British - rbb

My blog has advanced with ever-increasing success and invitations for visits and coverage have come fast and steady.

Oh yes, and trolls! Some of them nasty. Some of them not. Most of them on other media platforms.

I’ve had a couple of people who wanted to start a “discussion” on Twitter but after thinking hard and long, I decided to ignored them. Some “interesting” comments you can find here, here or here. The really nasty comments, I didn’t publish and blocked them entirely!

Ah well!

With Eszter Bittmann In Budapest, Hungary.
With Eszter Bittmann In Budapest, Hungary.

In 2015 so far, I have travelled to nine (9) countries:

  1. The Czech Republic. Twice (2)!
  2. Estonia.
  3. Finland.
  4. Germany – Osnabrück – I’ll write about that later in the year…!
  5. Hungary.
  6. Latvia.
  7. Lithuania.
  8. Holland.
  9. Spain.
@Elina Sirparanta.
@Elina Sirparanta.

Four (4) of them were completely new countries namely: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & Finland.

One (1) of them, I went to twice this year namely: The Czech Republic and I’ll be going to three (3) more countries before the year is over.  If you dash to the bottom of the page, I’ll reveal where Victoria – The British Berliner is going to travel to next.

This summer, I became the daaaarling of the German media and was all over the TV and press. Yes, yours truly made a documentary about being a lifestyle, expat, travel blogger, went on prime-time TV and talked intelligently about expert topics, did a radio interview, and also a video interview for one of the largest international travel forums – Travel Massive AND got a personal article piece written about me on Europe’s largest on-line newspaper. I even helped a friend to make an independent silent film!

I'm sorry but I look amazing! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
I’m sorry but I look amazing!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

All because the Queen came to Germany.

Oh, in most of the stuff I spoke German too.

Gulp!

Thank you Ma’am!

So let’s get this party started. First of all, I’m going to list the top 10 countries where people who read my blog come from, and then the top 10 read posts so far in 2015, so get yourself a glass of something and settle back.

I know I will!

An organic burger and a beer at Bread & Butter - Berlin Fashion Week

THE TOP 10 COUNTRIES OF PEOPLE WHO READ MY BLOG in 2015:

  1. The United States.
  2. Germany.
  3. The United Kingdom.
  4. Canada.
  5. France.
  6. Australia.
  7. Holland.
  8. Spain.
  9. Sweden.
  10. Norway.

I’m going to make mention of one other country and that is Latvia.

Photo@ J-O Eriksson

The people of Latvia were astonishing and really came out and supported my blog on the following post: Riga is gorgeous. Go there right now! This post amazingly went viral and I received more than 19,000 hits in my social media feed!

Nineteen thousand (19,000) hits.

Absolutely Outstanding!

Thank you Latvia!!

At Queen Nefertiti's Party!
At Queen Nefertiti’s Party!

THE TOP 10 READ POSTS SO FAR!

  1. Gosh! Riga in Latvia is gorgeous: 10 reasons to go there right there now!
  2. It’s bizarre. It’s quirky. It’s THE WYLD!
  3. The Queen came to Berlin. I’m British so pass me the Pimms!
  4. Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go!
  5. My first press or FAM trip ever to Nord-Pas de Calais otherwise known as, Northern France!
  6. Germany is Boring!
  7. I went to a sex-show in the city of red lights and thin canals. That’s right. 48 hours in Amsterdam!!
  8. If you’re looking to make a change: Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a family. Choose an alternative walking tour in Berlin!
  9. A light, a camera, and a broken arm: Action and drama at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
  10. I didn’t kiss a girl but I ate fried cheese in the Czech Republic. And I liked it!
and then We Were Three.
and then We Were Three.

Feel free to read and share LOL!

And now for what you’ve been waiting for. A drum-roll please.

FOR WINTER/AUTUMN THE BRITISH BERLINER IS GOING TO…..

POLAND

In Warsaw, Poland.
In Warsaw, Poland.

In October, I’m going to Warsaw and I’m very excited!

As you know, Poland is one of my favourite countries and even though I’ve been to the old country many times, I’ve never been to the capital.

Warsaw is old and historic with culture and a lively heart of art, food and drink. In fact, once I decided that I was going to Warsaw, I’ve had a bevy of people just dying to show me around, so I’m going to be hanging out in an old communist van with Adventure Warsaw, getting my groove and my fancy gear on, to check out the nightlife with the oldest Warsaw Pub Crawl! I’m going to be staying at a unique designer boutique hotel called Autor Rooms AND I’m going to be learning how to cook.

Again!

Yes, I’ll be learning how to make real Pierogi the way grandma used to make it with Polish your Cooking. Yummmmmy!

ENGLAND

The Llandoger Trow in Bristol.
The Llandoger Trow in Bristol.

In November, I’m going to good ‘ole England.’Ra! ‘Ra!

I’ll be guided by Destination Bristol so I’m going to visit Bristol & Bath.

it’s going to be a pleasure to Rule Britannia and wander on the ships and harbour of Bristol, and to follow the dainty footsteps and heaving bosoms of Jane Austen and the Roman spas of Bath. It’s going to be quite pleasing to stay in a British quirky hotel, visit the old market hall and be fittingly entertained at an English theatre of great repute.

Bristol is going to be so much fun!

I’ve  been to the city of Bath a few times before but never really to Bristol. The only time I went to Bristol, was on the way to the tiny country of Wales!

It will be delightful to have slices of roast beef and yorkshire pudding, cream teas and sticky toffee and a proper plate of Full English!

I simply can’t wait!

SOMEWHERE IN CENTRAL / NORTHERN EUROPE

Denmarks flag in 1219.
Denmarks’ flag in 1219.

In early December, I’d like to go to Switzerland, Denmark or Belgium for a few days, but I haven’t quite decided where yet. Where do YOU think I should go?

I’ll be writing all about my up-coming adventures in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

 

Exciting times!
Exciting times!

This article isn’t sponsored and all opinions and the glasses of champagne that I delightedly guzzled, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be in Warsaw, Bristol & Bath and I’ll also be at the following events:

On 16.09.15, the Strictly Stand Up English Comedy Night will be taking place at the Quatsch Comedy Club in Berlin.

Until 26.09.15 only, the Wintergarten Varieté will be presenting The SOAP Opera show or Show SEIFEN OPER.

From 28.09.15 – 07.10.15 the Bar Jeder Vernunft will be presenting, for one (1) week only, a festival of top British entertainment – Britain’s Best! Music and Comedy.

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & FB!

If you’re going to Warsaw or Bristol or Bath, let me know!

September is going to be jam-packed!

Watch this space!

My 100th blog post celebration!

What has been YOUR favourite post so far? Where should I go for a long weekend break in December?

See you in Berlin.

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