Everyone needs a good party
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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.
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 döner 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.