Lisa Lansing

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My first week in Berlin: a visit to the Reichstag and Daluma.

I’ve been in Berlin for one full week now. My first few days here were a bit chaotic, but now I feel like I’m starting to settle. This feels great!

I’ve been busy exploring the city every day. I want to take advantage of as many free activities as I can. Today I paid a visit to the Reichstag building, the home of Germany’s parliament.

With its large glass dome and rooftop terrace open to the public, the Reichstag is the most visited parliament in the world. Who wouldn’t want to soak in a 360-degree view of the city?

Touring the glass dome is free but prospective visitors must register online in advance. Don’t forget to bring a photo ID and a screenshot of your confirmation letter. You’ll need these to make it through security.

The Reichstag is located on the edge of Berlin’s largest park, Großer Tiergarten. I strolled around the park and picnicked on a bench following the Reichstag rooftop tour. Großer Tiergarten is massive—520 acres—so I only managed to see a tiny portion of it. I think I’ll set aside an entire day this week or the next for park explorations. Why not?

After Tiergarten Park, I headed to Daluma for my second lunch. Daluma offers cosy seating (think pillows instead of chairs) and a fresh menu of 100% vegan and organic salads, smoothies, and juices. The acai bowl I ordered was nice but I wanted more smoothie for the price. This bowl cost 8,60.

It did come loaded with toppings, but I’d rather have more kiwi and pear over the cashews, cacao nibs, hemp, and chia seeds. I’m just not a fan of fatty garnishes on smoothie bowls.

The food tour continued with a complimentary all-vegan buffet at The Bowl across the street from where I’m staying. The Bowl is an all-vegan restaurant and café located above Veganz (and next to Avesu, an all-vegan shoe store). Today is their one year anniversary. How cool! It was so nice of them to celebrate their anniversary with scores of hungry Berliners. I am living in a vegan paradise!

Tomorrow I plan on visiting the Turkish Market again and feasting on cherries and watermelon along the canal.

What are your plans for the week?

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