How to get there The Water Park is located at Buschkrugallee 64 12359 Berlin. The closest U-Bahn station would be Grenzallee with the U7. Here is the map. What you’ll see You’ll definitely not see clean water to swim in but you’ll see a lot empty pools. The water park is quite big, from the sauna to the indoor pools and even the roof! Unfortunately the slide has been taken down and torn apart, otherwise it could have been a fun ride down to the half empty pool. The best place in the water park in my opinion is the sauna area. You walk into a green house looking complex with trees and plants and find yourself in a pyramid looking sandstone painted Cleopatrabad sauna room within seconds. The tiles at the park are also impressive. Also try to get up on the roof and get a birds eye view of the water park. Any Dangers The only danger I noticed was trying to get on the roof. Someone put up wooden palette on top of the lying refrigerator to the top of the ceiling to access the roof. Not only you not shake the palette, you also have to watch […] Read More
How to get there The animal anatomy institute is located at Königin-Luise-Straße 14, Berlin. You can either walk from U-Bahn Station Dahlem or take a bus from U+S Bahn Station Rathaus Steglitz. You’ll immediately see the building that is fenced up. Here is the map if needed. How to get in The doors at the front of the building are shut so the easiest way to get in would be going around on the side street from Peter-Lenne Strasse. You’ll notice where the fence ends, there is a tiny gap that you can easily sneak in. After going through the fence you are home free and ready to explore the area. What you’ll see You wont see any dead animals or such but I think the main thing to see would be the auditorium. I know when I was back in university I’d always want to see my school be torn apart and be burnt to the ground. But other than the auditorium there are plenty other places to explore such as the laboratory and classrooms. Its not such a big building to explore and much things to see although you’ll definitely wont be disappointed from the experience. Any Dangers The […] Read More
In my previous posts Berlin My New Home, I mentioned the do’s and dont’s after you move to Berlin. The necessary paperwork required, the bureaucracy you have to deal with, how to avoid waiting in the queue for hours just to get a stamp, etc. Now I’m going to write about the things that is required to exchange your expat drivers license to a German license. Coming from a country which forces you to have a car and drive everywhere even to buy simple things like bread and milk, I decided to change my Canadian drivers license and get a German license. At first I was a bit worried that I had to go through the written and road test all over again. I’ve already failed the written test in my native language before so I cant even imagine how I’d pass if it was in German. Therefore before I left Canada I made sure that I had my International Drivers Permit so I can drive anywhere in the world without a hassle. Although my dream had to come to an end. After living in Berlin for more than a year, I found out that after being a resident of Germany for more […] Read More
  How to get there The hospital can be accessed with train RE7 which stops in the major stations in Berlin. You can get off at the Beelitz-Heilstätten stop and from there you can choose which direction to go to. The hospital is located on both sides of the train tracks, so you can first start either from the right hand side or the left hand side. Here is a map How to get in There are plenty of buildings at Beelitz therefore every building has their own way of getting in. Most buildings are easy to get in with the doors being wide open whereas others you might have to jump over the fence and crawl through the door or window from the basement. Regardless to say you’ll still find a way to get in the buildings. What you’ll see Its said that there are around 60 buildings at Beelitz-Heilstätten although not all are abandoned. Most of the buildings are still in use since there is a rehab center and home for elderly. In terms of the abandoned buildings, there are 10-12 buildings that are worth seeing. You’ll need to start your day very early to see everything or split […] Read More
In my previous posts Berlin My New Home, I mentioned the do’s and dont’s after you move to Berlin. The necessary paperwork required, the bureaucracy you have to deal with, how to avoid waiting in the queue for hours just to get a stamp, etc. Now I’m going to write about the things that is required after moving into a rental apartment. Moving to a new flat with no furniture, electricity, gas, water and internet would be something of course no one would want. Assuming that you have already registered yourself to the Bürgeramt (if not do so) the next steps will be followed below; 1- Electricity – There are plenty of companies that provide electricity in Berlin and Germany in general. All of them have several packages and discounts that would make you overwhelmed. The biggest provider in Germany is Vattenfall and probably the most expensive one. Although there service is good when it comes to the fact. You can also check out the these links and do comparisons of which one to choose; http://www.check24.de/ http://www.verivox.de/ 2- Gas – Just like electricity, there are many gas providers in Berlin. You can either get your gas privately or through your Hausverwaltung. There are […] Read More
In my previous posts Berlin My New Home, I mentioned the essential tasks I did when I first arrived to Berlin. Opening a bank account, what paperwork is required for renting an apartment, getting your tax number, health insurance and social insurance number. Now its time to write about one of the most complicated and important process for Non EU citizens to get a visa/permit to stay in the country. Being a Canadian citizen has many perks. I’ve traveled various countries and seen many places around the world and by just showing my passport has opened many doors without questions raised. Although German bureacracy is strict, excessive and paperwork is overwhelming, I still consider myself lucky and fortunate to get my work and residence permit without a hassle. Booking your appointment with Ausländerbehörde (Immigration Office) This is the first step you must do. Regardless if your getting a student visa, work visa or freelance visa this should be the first thing you do. Otherwise you’ll most likely have to get up at 5am and go to the Ausländerbehörde to queue up for the very limited amount of waiting numbers. To book an appointment, the link is here. Keep in mind that you must […] Read More
The Eisfabrik (Ice Factory) was one of the oldest ice factories in Germany. It opened its doors in 1896 next to the river on Köpenickerstrasse 40/41. In the time when refrigerators did not exist, the ice that was produced would be delivered all over Berlin to breweries, pubs, homes, etc. The Eisfabrik managed to survive many damages, several fires and bombs throughout its lifespan. In 1914 the factory chimney collapsed and made the headlines in the news. In 1945 the houses next to the factory which were owned by them as well were bombed to the ground during the war. After renovation, repairation work, change of ownership the factory shut its doors in 1995 after 99 years and couldnt withhold the fast change of technology and needs(since most households and establishments have refrigerators at this point). Many debates are still on going of what should be done with the high commercial value property. How to get there It is very easy to access the Eisfabrik. You can either walk from Ostbahnhof station or take the U8 to Heinrich-Heine-Strasse station and walk from there. Here is a map. How to get in One of the easiest abandoned sites I’ve every been in […] Read More
  In my previous post about Berlin My New Home Part 1, I mentioned how hard it was to open a bank account, to find a rental apartment and what necessary paperwork was required. After being in Berlin for 5 months now, I’ve managed to understand more about the process’s and settling in. I’ve been diligently looking for work and trying to feel like home as much as possible. Now I’ll write down what hurdles and jumps I had to go over in the past few months. Looking for work We all went through a time looking for work, it’s a hassle to get a job that you really like. Its always a challenge to find something just right for yourself. Also not to mention the amount of time you spend looking for work, you can even consider this as a job itself. Obviously living in Germany doesn’t make it any different, it just gets harder for someone who doesn’t speak the language fluently. I started looking for work in the beginning of January and applied for around 40 jobs. Since 3/4 of the jobs that are posted require you to speak German fluently, what was only left was not […] Read More
  Moving to a country where you are new to the culture, dont speak the language and not knowing anybody can always be challenging. I just moved to Berlin and I’ll be sharing my experiences of how to deal with these challenges. Life in Berlin sometimes can be easy or tough. Depending on what you need and your current situation, you can either like it or hate it. For example finding an apartment can be almost impossible if you dont have the necessary documents. Germany is a very bureaucratic country and the Germans love to see paperwork. To move into a rental apartment you need 3 things; Schufa (a document that declares you pay your bills on time and have a clean credit), your last 3 months income statement or work contract and a reference letter from your previous landlord. Yeah so it ain’t that easy. Luckily I found an apartment within 10 days and moved in to my new home without providing any of these documents because its a short term lease. Here are a few websites that can help you with the flat hunt; http://www.wg-gesucht.de/ http://www.easywg.de/ http://www.studenten-wg.de/ http://www.immobilienscout24.de/de/finden/wohnen/index.jsp After you have your rental agreement signed and in your […] Read More