Berlin and Noma

Taking my first trip to Europe was an excellent way to end the summer. I spent 7 days in Berlin taking a half day trip to Oranienburg, Germany and a day trip to Copenhagen. Berlin is a fun, young,  international city.  Walking down the streets you hear every language being spoken. Most places and people know at least moderate English so it made it very easy to communicate.  The city is extremely walkable and restaurants and eateries are open late.  I felt right at home.
Berlin if of course known for it’s kink and latex.  While I did not visit any of the Fetish clubs or dungeons I did see 2 cabaret/ burlesque shows and designed my own catsuit  at Savage-Wear that is being custom made. What a treat 🙂  I can hardly wait the 6 weeks to get it. And the best part is they keep all my measurements on file so anything else I want they can custom tailor. (Gifts are most appreciated http://www.savage-wear.com/en/home/:-)
The first few days were spent getting to know the city and doing all the typical touristy things.  I visited Hackescher Markt, Alexanderplatz, the TV tower, Reichstag building,  the DDR Museum, the Ramones Museum, Brandenburg Gate, Check Point Charlie, The Berlin Wall, Topography of Terrors, Memorial to the Murdered Jews and the Gay Museum.  I also found a branch of my yoga studio, Jivamuti, in Berlin, so of course had to take a class.  The evening were filled with great food and shows.  Berlin has one of the worlds few paleo restaurants, Sauvage, so I made sure to get there twice during my stay my- first and last night.  It was a perfect farewell meal- amuse bouche of tripe and fennel, kimchi soup with beef tongue, sweetbreads with coconut yucca, octopus with olives…so good!
After 4 days of really doing the city I took a day trip to Sachsenhausen concentration camp.  This was by far the most memorable part of my time in Berlin.  There are no words to explain the feeling you have as you walk these grounds.  I felt the heaviness in every step I took and I swear I could smell the torture, that acrid burnt smell it reminded me of how New York smelt in the days proceeding 9-11.
Thankfully the next day was a complete 180- I was off to my day trip to Copenhagen to have lunch at Restaurant Noma.   Copenhagen is a lovely, picturesque city.  It reminded me of a postcard or some utopian movie with happy people riding their bikes, serene views of boats on the water way and quaint houses.  I did get to experience their squatter/hippy commune called Pusher St.  I guess every utopia must have a bit of anarchy. Noma was a bucket list restaurant so I want to thank K.K. for facilitating be being able to get me there and for the great company.  The stand outs were the bone marrow, moss, quail egg, scallop caramel and beef tartar with ants.
Except for Coi in San Fran I have dined at ever US restaurant on the 50 Best Restaurant list and except for Masa I have dined at all the other 3 Michelin Starred NY Restaurants so branching out to other countries is the next step. Spain looks very appealing, but that is for another post.
My final day I got to wind down and go to the best spa in Berlin at the regal Adlon Hotel and then do a bit more shopping.  All told the trip was an amazing mix of fun, food, learning, kink, and emotion. One for the record books.  Thank you sissy slut Candy for taking me.