Today’s guest post is by one of my new favorite travel videographers, Sonia Gil. Here, Sonia makes the case in both words and video for learning some of the local language when you travel. Those of you who have plans to travel to Germany should pay extra attention–you’ll definitely learn some phrases you will use. Enjoy!
There is no better way to get an insight on a culture than through its language. Ultimately, today’s German is the result of thousands of years of conversations by millions of people. Those interactions throughout history have shaped today’s Germany. And that’s the most powerful reason to learn a few words, a few phrases, and many times, the entire language.
While spending time in Berlin last summer I decided to do some sightseeing while practicing my German. And I chose to visit Kreuzberg, a Berlin neighborhood where some people are not as fond of English as you might imagine. All the better reason to do my vocab work while walking around.
The Kreuzberg neighborhood is legendary and after only a few minutes here, I could easily see why. The area definitely has its own rhythm and plays by its own rules.
So if you are traveling solo to Berlin, I recommend challenging yourself and practicing what little German you may know and making the most of your visit to Kreuzberg. The quirky and effortlessly hip neighborhood is definitely not to be missed.
Sonia Gil hosts a weekly original web travel series called Sonia’s Travels. Each trip turns into a series of shows in which Sonia offers a small idea or tip about a place and the people who live there. New Episodes Premiere Every Thursday at 12 noon (9:00 am Pacific) and new Vlogs every Monday.