The first time when I visited Berlin was also the year that I just moved to Germany, almost 14 years ago. That was a cold and gray winter. Our friend who lived in the old East Berlin area picked us up. His vintage Volkswagen had only a basic installation; heater was not included. There was a small window behind me on my left side; the piece of glass was gone. Instead of new glass, there was a plastic bag that was stuck with tape on the window frame. The cold and harsh air fled into the car and hit my neck. Berlin is a huge city; we drove about an hour, I was totally disoriented. Empty, cold and Alexanderplatz were my first impression of Berlin.
Some years later, I often visit Berlin for business trips. I walked alone along the long, long streets in Berlin; I tried to find the subway routes among the complete BVG nets. I knew well some local Chinese snack stalls. However, there had always been a distance between Berlin and me.
This year, during the Easter Holiday, Michael and I made a long weekend trip to Berlin. It was cold and raining as the impression I had have. However, we had the best excuse and could hide into the coffees. This time, Berlin showed me his different sides that were still empty, huge and indifferent; however, I could step forward and understand him deeper than before.
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#Hotel Zoo Berlin
When I went to Berlin, I had to stay in the hotels that my business partners booked for me. This time, we could finally choose our favorite hotel to stay, the Hotel Zoo Berlin, the hotel that on the most editors’ favorite list. The interior design and their service matched our wishes of this trip, relax, enjoy food and do nothing serious.
每回柏林之行總是因為工作，下榻的旅館得配合主辦單位無法自行選擇 ；這次自己出發才真正地一償心願訂下位在市中心、是所有時尚編輯手中的第一住宿選擇：Hotel Zoo Berlin。精緻工業風格的極致設計以及酒店內的設施與服務，都符合了我們替這趟柏林之行訂下的目標：放鬆、享受、睡到飽、品嚐美食。
Coach New York Eau de Parfum
I wanted to create a fragrance that represents Coach’s free-spirited attitude,
crafting a scent that is individual, authentic and cool.
– Stuart Vevers
For our Berlin Trip, I brought Coach New York Eau de Parfum with me. Parfums have been playing an important role in my life, and I wished this new scene could add a touch of its spirit, the spontaneous energy and downtown style. So each time I use the fragrance, it will remind me of our trip; the inspiration, the freedom, and our new friends.
這次陪伴同行柏林的還有Coach新款香水New York Eau de Parfum。香水在我的日常中扮演重要的角色；即使這罐香水是以紐約為靈感發想而設計，充滿著能量、激情閃閃發光；我也希望帶著這罐生活中的新香氛陪我留下柏林的香味記憶，在日後再次使用這罐香水時，總可以提醒我在柏林時產生的靈感與發想、那自由自在的氛圍，以及在那座城市認識的新朋友、還有他們帶給來的感動。
What does a great hotel mean to me? It shall like a relationship between lovers, good understanding. No matter how is the design style or level of quality; it is about how designers concern about the feeling and atmosphere when customers stay in the room or the public space. A hotel could be another home away from home; otherwise, it is just a location.
出發前和柏林友人聯繫，以公關為職的她認識了許多相關領域的設計師與藝術家；甫抵達柏林這晚幾個人剛好在Hotel Zoo Berlin的餐廳有聚會，朋友便邀請我們一起出席。餐廳設計一樣延續了工業風格設計手法，卻又多了點璀爛的細部；在上午是住宿旅客享用早餐的地方，夜裡則成為城裡最熱門的聚會場所之一。延伸著用餐空間，是如同夜明珠般的酒吧。
I contacted my girlfriend who lives in Berlin; she invited us to join a dinner that she organized to gather some friends who work in the art and design fields. The dinner was hosted in the Hotel Zoo Berlin restaurant, Grace. The interior is designed in the modern industrial style. In the morning, it is a breakfast place for hotel guests; in the evening, it becomes one of the popular spots in town. Just beside the dining space, the Grace bar is waiting for people to celebrate their happy moment.
Instead of ordering everyone’s own meal, we asked the kitchen to set up different dishes, and everybody shared the food, from the appetizer, main courses and then desserts. We enjoyed all delicious food, wine, and drinks; everyone started to be relaxed and fun. A feast just started, and it had much fun than just a party.
We tried several kinds of wine; it was too strong to be clear-headed, especially for us who are not used to drink. I giggled all evening long. However, it was just as great as Berlin itself. We talked about graphic design, interior design, and then the issues changes to traveling in Russian and the best way to drink whiskey.
The best time was the dessert. We were holding small dessert spoons and waiting for the waiters to bring all little dishes. We all opened our eyes wild and stared at the sweets greedy. It has much more fun to share desserts with small spoons than to share gossips. Suddenly, it seemed that all of us just became good friends.
Continue to talk about Food. Dining in the Hotel Zoo Berlin means not only to enjoy delicious food but also to experience the cozy and pleasant atmosphere. We talked roughly about our plan for the next day before we went to bed. In the morning, we brought our laptop with us when we went for breakfast. We enjoyed the buffet slowly, just like a weekend brunch. After the meal, we ordered another pot of coffee and switched on the laptop to plan our schedule for the day. We even reserved tickets for a movie; that was the funniest night we had, car racing and Berlin Popcorns.
In the Hotel Zoo Berlin, you can enjoy not only the breakfast buffet but also the freshly cooked dishes that you can order directly from the kitchen. Highly recommended.
接續著吃的話題；在Hotel Zoo Berlin用餐不僅只是美味，最令我們都念念不忘的是那份閒適從容的氛圍。我們在前一晚睡前先大約討論隔天的行程，吃早餐的時候再把筆電帶著，用餐結束之後再點一壺咖啡，兩人就著電腦把當天的行程大略規劃，甚至提前把晚場電影票給定好，一整天都對柏林的爆米花充滿興奮與期待。
#Open your heart
for a New Vision
I met a girl, Fette at our first-night dinner. She is an artist and now lives in Berlin. At dinner, she shared with us about her discovery in Russia. On the other day, she showed us about their ready-to-open art exhibition. Feel free to visit her Instagram account to know more about her work.
When I was younger, I did not like to spend some more cents to enjoy special moments. One time, my classmate visited me in Munich, and we talked about the issue. Spending for a coffee or a breakfast buffet will not drive us poor but brought us experiences that are priceless and precious.
When I am not on the way, I work hard. As long as I am on the trip, I enjoy the budget that I planned. I look for local coffee shops, listen how locals speak, appreciate the sound of coffee machine; those are the pieces to compose your travel memories.
Fanning Tseng is the master behind the lifestyle website Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Since Fanning has moved to Germany, she re-experiences and rethinks about her growth. Living in different culture cities, she becomes a connection between Asia and Europe. Fanning is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger; moreover, she is also the fashion insider of Vogue Taiwan and columnist of many well-known online magazines.
Yes! Please Enjoy is not only a destination for a better living encourage but also as a guide for those who are searching for travel advice or lifestyle inspiration in Germany. Besides, Fanning is working on connecting Chinese-Speaking women who live in German-Speaking countries; her goal is to have a community to support these women when they face with difficult life issues in the related cities.