ready for jonas and berlin

“Berlin combines the culture of New York,
the traffic system of Tokyo,
the nature of Seattle,
and the historical treasures of, well, Berlin.”
Hiroshi Montomura.

After seeing the TV documentary with the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann on Saturday, a new MUST has entered my life; I just have to see him alive.

So I visit his website and had a look at his schedule for 2018 – and whatever event I click on – SOLD OUT!!! London had suited me best – because I have a couple of free pillows outside London that I probably will able to use. But no chance.

Then I click on Waldbühne in Berlin, Friday 13th of July – and they had good seats left. Only thing is that Waldbühne is an amphitheater and I seen concerts broadcasted from there and it has been raining. No rain is allowed on my parade.

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Today my ticket arrived with UPS – no e-ticket for the Germans, cost me €7,60 to get mailed to Sweden – daylight rubbery, but what don’t we do in the name of love?????!!!

On the ticket, it tells me that I’m not allocated a seat – only the block I’m can have a seat in, so I can’t be there 30 min before it starts. This is going to be the fun bit. All for the total price of the ticket came to €172/£150/$213/1752SEK.

I have never paid this much for any artists … I have seen Tina Turner, Julio Iglesias, Barbra Streisand, Il Divo, Josh Groban and Celine Dion – all alive in the UK. It’s a couple of years ago now … and I’m sure none of them will come much cheaper today.

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Have given me 4 nights in Berlin at Park Plaza Berlin Kudamm, 3 min walk to the Kurfürstendamm – the most famous street in Berlin. The lower street numbers …. the more exclusive shops. I will be on around 225 and I will find Gucci and Louis Vuitton on 185-190. *laughing .. only looking.

The hotel was very reasonable – double room for single use with breakfast: €258/£230/$313/2568SEK – used Booking.com.

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Will be flying Easyjet, a British budget airline. It was neither them or SAS, which was far too expensive. Easyjet didn’t come cheap, the same price as the concert ticket – but I can’t travel light, so with a checked in luggage piece it added €40/£35/$50/410SEK to the ticket.

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I want to land at Tegel Airport, only because I know how to get to the Kurfürstendamm, bus 109.

Berlin’s Underground is one of the worst … and nothing in English, gone lost so many times – so badly signposted. A couple of years now since I used the underground, always use the trains and my legs in Berlin.

Berlin is a FAB city for all budgets, ages, and sexes … there is plenty for all of us. So much to see and do, great for shopping … and culture of some kind everywhere. Somebody has said that Berlin isn’t a city – it’s a continent … I totally agree. Great food and food from every corner of the world, very reasonable in price too, even the top restaurants.  All compared to Sweden.

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I don’t know what I’m going to put on my do-it list … I think I will visit the beautiful Tiergarten; Berlin’s largest and oldest park (called the urban forest).

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The Berggruen Museum that holds modern art classics:  Pablo Picasso, Giambattista Pittoni, Alberto Giacometti, Georges Braque, Paul Klee and Henri Matisse and maybe go up in the Fernsehturm (TV tower).

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Plus a little bit of shopping. A visit to KaDeWe is never wrong – but my accounts don’t allow any shopping there, but it’s in my book the finest deluxe department store in the world. A nice lunch in one of the many eating areas, 21 in total … I’m sure my card can handle.

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Have said to myself that my next visit to Berlin has to involve a visit to the Reichstag building (the Parliament) with its magnificent dome and roof terrace, but the online registration that they prefer doesn’t allow me to register, I guess that I’m a bit too far in planning and from 16th of July it’s close it for maintenance. It’s Berlin’s 3rd most popular attraction.

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I will enjoy an a fresco dinner (if the weather lets me) at one of favorite restaurant: Café im Literaturhaus – Wintergarten. The Literaturhaus is a “waiting room of poetry” with conservatory and illustrious neighbors: Here you will find books, pastries, and writers.

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In the heart of a lovely garden with lilacs, rhododendron, and roses, you can enjoy a relaxed breakfast until 2:00 pm every day or order something from their bistro kitchen service from 11:30 am – 11:00 pm. In winter you will be able to experience the ambiance of the historical Wilhelminian mansion. They have the most fantastic fresh ginger lemonade.  Just 9 min walk from my hotel.

This is going to be my 4th visit to Berlin, but the first on my own … I’m all set for Berlin and Jonas!!!

I hope I don’t have to pack my rain jacket!!!!

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“Berlin combines the culture of New York,
the traffic system of Tokyo,
the nature of Seattle,
and the historical treasures of, well, Berlin.”
Hiroshi Montomura

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