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Getting ready to cause some trouble!

So the plane ride from Seattle to Newark was about as can be expected: and old man snoring next to me and a baby crying across the aisle, but that was the short flight so it wasn't too bad.  The flight from Newark to Berlin, though, was great!  I sat next to these 2 hot Russians, Alex and Phillip, who greeted me by asking "do you like Tequila?"  After telling them that indeed I do, they proceeded to feed me shots the entire flight.  It was a happily drunken flight, and the stewardesses were pretty cool about it, considering we weren't supposed to be drinking our own liquor.  They kindly turned a blind eye and probably got a pretty good laugh out of us.

Look how innocent we are at the start of the pubcrawl

We stayed at the Pegasus Hostel which was really good overall, but we were on the 5th floor and of course there wasn't an elevator!  But guess what was right next door?  A kebab stand!  I haven't had a proper d├Âner kebab since my Eurotrip in 2004 and it was AMAZING! mmm kebabs...

Anyhow, after meeting up with Danni, my best Australian friend who I haven't seen in 2 years, and her mate Renae, we went on a pubcrawl and met all sorts of people.  There were about 50 or so people on the crawl, and everyone was having a great time.  I met a guy who's birthday it was, and I forgot his name but he was cool and everyone bought him drinks.  I also met 2 guys from Vancouver, WA, which is about 3 hours from Seattle and where I happen to have a lot of family.

Guess they start them young here!
  I forgot their names, too, but they were cool guys.  And then there was the British stag party, who were all having a great time.  Surprise, surprise, I forgot all their names, but one of them was nice enough to save me from the creepy guy who started dancing with me at the club at the end of the pubcrawl.  We finally crawled home just before dawn after having a good kebab to end the night, the best drunken food ever invented!

Renae went to a concentration camp on day 2, which is something I think everyone should see at some point, but not when you're taking a party vacation.  Danni and I stumbled upon Space Beach, sandwiched between the west side of the Berlin Wall and the Spree River.  They had lots of sand and tiki huts and lounge chairs and a fountain and even a space ship you could dance in (hence the name Space Beach).

David, our English roommate, and I at the club
  Lots of good music and a cool place to hang out in a semi-unknown chill spot - it was pretty damn good for a land locked city!  It was even a family friendly place!  This dad put a straw in a beer and handed it to his kid, who couldn't have been more than 2!  When in Rome, right?  After our side-trip we went to the city pool, which floats on the river because apparently the river itself is too gross to swim in.  There wasn't a whole lot going on there but it was a great place to cool off and take a nap in the sun.

That night Danni, Renae, our roommate David, and I went to the "trendiest nightclub in Berlin" called Delicious Donuts.  We were incredibly dissappointed.  I think there were about 20 people in the whole place and the dance floor was completely empty, but maybe that's because the music was shit.

1.3 Million people...
  We left after our first drink and happened upon another club in the hollowed out 14th story of an office building that was a much better time.  The vibe of the place was kind of pretentious, but there were some cool people there and we had a fantastic view of the city!  I met the greatest gay guy named Joey from San Francisco, too.  He's gonna mail me a copy of Ab Fab.

And day 3 brings us... LOVE PARADE 2006!  Whats known as the world's biggest rave had been put on hold for 2 years, but it was back in full force.  We woke up late (anyone surprised?) and wandered our way to the Tiergarten, the center of the days festivities.  Over 30 floats circled the park, each with a famous DJ from somewhere around the world and everyone just danced the day away.

Lots of new friends I may never see again, but they were all great people nonetheless and I'm glad I got to spend time with them!
  1.3 million people showed up and there was not 1 incidence of violence.  You know why?  Because it was the LOVE Parade and everybody was feeling the vibe!  You can't find things like that in the US.  The day was spent making friends, dancing, people watching, and just feeling good.  After making their rounds for the better part of the day, all the floats lined up and played the same thing for the final performance by Paul Van Dyk who was at the main stage in the center of the park - Amazing performance!

Once the official party was over our group, which had grown into 20+ by this point, made our way to Club Cassiopeia - a jewel of a club!  In one room was constant drum & bass and a guy I had never heard of, but who Aaron (one of our roommates) was a big fan of, then an outdoor bar/chill area with music to wind down to, and then upstairs was a separate room with another bar and dance floor.

4 friends from 4 countries...I love it!
  I came outside after dancing and was shocked to see the sun!  We danced till the music stopped and then found our way home around 7 or so.  Most people went straight to bed, but a few of us were just drained - not tired.  So we sat all day in the courtyard of the hostel recovering and just hanging out being in good company.

We lost some of our party-hardy ways after the big party, but it was still a good time till the end.  Being the only straight girl of the group I was with, I was outnumbered when it came to decision making, and I wound up at my first gay club.  It was overrun with guys, but it was nice being able to dance without anyone hitting on me!  I was having a great old time till I went into the bathroom, where there were about 3 used condoms in the stall I walked into, but we just won't think about that.

Space Beach, the best fake beach I've ever been to!

Overall it was a great party of a holiday.  People were shocked that I went all the way to Berlin just for an event like the Love Parade but you know, some times you just need to get away for a bit!  I have no regrets whatsoever and would absolutely go back again.

jsuuronen says:
loveparade was amazing :)
Posted on: Oct 02, 2006
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Look how innocent we are at the st…
Look how innocent we are at the s…
Guess they start them young here!
Guess they start them young here!
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David, our English roommate, and …
1.3 Million people...
1.3 Million people...
Lots of new friends I may never se…
Lots of new friends I may never s…
4 friends from 4 countries...I lov…
4 friends from 4 countries...I lo…
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Space Beach, the best fake beach …
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Space Beach
My crazy mate Danni on a pole
My crazy mate Danni on a pole
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There was even Police Love in Ber…
Aussie Pride!
Aussie Pride!
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Me and Danni, the best party budd…
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Slowly making our way to the club…
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Me, David, and Renae at the begin…
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David took this photo, but it's o…
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The girls partying it up
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