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Only in Berlin – The 29 and a half hour long night out
Berlin is one of the few major cities in the world where regulated closing times do not exist. As is often duly noted, when the night clubs are closing in cities like Dublin and everyone is going home, the night clubs are just beginning to fill up in Berlin and the party is just getting started.
However, my most epic night out began last Saturday in a friends house at 10.30pm. And now I’ll take you through this epic night, chapter by chapter.
I called down to a friend’s house and three of us had a few beers in the house and listened to some music. We took our last beer with us to drink on the way because, of course, in Berlin you can drink your beer on the street. We made it to Kleine Reise just before 12am and got our stamp and went back out to grab something quick to eat.
Chapter 1: Kleine Reise
It was part of the several-day-long Christmas party at Kleine Reise, cleverly named the KRistmas Party. Christmas knitwear was suggested, though not many people were actually wearing it, apart from me. People (including me) were dancing on the tables at one point, so this may have been the highlight of this chapter. I met a few people from New Zealand and towards the end of the night, at 8am, they were talking about going to Horst Krzbrg. So I decided to join them.
Chapter 2: Horst Krzbrg
An hour after my arrival my friends joined us in Horst Krzbrg, where the party was still very much alive at 9.30am. We stayed there dancing until the crowd began to die down at about 11am and then we moved on. The highlight of this chapter was noticing that by this time people were dancing like zombies. In fairness, they were probably out of steam at this stage. We then decided to head for Berghain. But when one friend was not let in he almost called it a night and nearly went home. However, we convinced him to stay out and we headed for Salon zur Wilden Renate instead.
Chapter 3: Salon zur Wilden Renate
It was now 12pm and they were only charging eur5 in. The upstairs area was open, which I had not seen before and there were two separate rooms with DJs of different styles, both being really good. We laid claim to the extremely low-roofed attic area, furnished with a grotty couches and there we met some really cool people, some of whom lived in Neukoelln. The highlight of this chapter may have been when I fell forwards of my chair and into the table whilst trying to touch the low ceiling with my feet whilst sitting on a chair. We alternated from the dance floor to the attic and eventually at 3pm the club closed. 3pm! Only in Berlin.
Chapter 4: House Party
At this point we considered going to Berghain with the people we’d met. Only in Berlin would it still be possible to go out clubbing at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon – and of course Berghain stays open till about 2am on Monday morning. But then decided we weren’t quite in a Berghain mood and headed back to their apartment instead. Here, we spent the rest of the day and night listening to music and chatting, some playing guitar and some singing, which could have been this chapter’s highlight, particularly when most of us were unashamedly* singing You Learn by Alanis Morissette in a nostalgic sort of way. Eventually at about 2am we left after a great party. (*at the time)
Chapter 5: Snow Time in Goerlitzer Park
We then walked from Neukoelln to Kreuzberg with a particular kebab shop at Schlesisches Tor in mind. On the way we went through the playground at the corner of Goerlitzer Park. Sliding down the snow-covered bumpy slide at very precarious angles was definitely the highlight of chapter 5. Each descent was cushioned by a soft landing in the snow, which was good and bad: good because it saved injury; bad because it left us looking like Yetis. We eventually made it to the kebab place covered in snow. And finally after warming up and enjoying a fulfilling kebab, at 4am on Monday morning the night was over. And this concluded another great year in Berlin before the Christmas break, on a high note.
After eventually getting home at about 5am I obviously went straight to bed and naturally it was dark outside. When I awoke it was dark… but was it still dark or dark again? I checked my watch and it was 6.30pm so it was dark again. I had slept for 13 and a half hours, right through the day. Only in Berlin!
Previous blog article by Evo Lucian: http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/berlin/2010/12/04/villa-club-in-berlin-from-ota-berlin-constituency-blog-club-reporter-evo-lucien/
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