I approached the Universe of Astrology in my early teens, acquiring my first book of Astrology at the age of 13 and finishing the exploration of the pseudo-science of Astrology in my early 20s, when I ended up with a massive library of books about planetary interpretations, aspects, transits, primary directions and, of course.... Solar Revolutions. During my career as an Astrologer I interpreted around 40 to 50 Astral Charts, and got a diploma from "El Instituto de Ciencias Parasicologicas Hispano-Americano", in Barcelona, where I presented by post an Astral Chart that I had interpreted. Later on through the years, after I lost interest and touch with the world of Astrology, I probably have interpreted a further 30 to 40 Astral Charts, most of them related to friends or people who 'randomly' crossed my life ('randomly' as if by chance, when in reality we all know everything happens for a reason). Nowadays, I barely believe in Astrology but had to admit I check my transits every now and then because they always seem to be so accurate, interesting and intriguing. I have noticed that for some people it really does nothing, but for others it clearly defines the events of their lives, in particular the move of the slow planets starting from Pluto, Neptune and ending in Uranus. I use AstroTheme to check for planetary transits, you can do it yourself using this link: https://www.astrotheme.com/transits_ephemerides_chart.php

What does the city of Berlin has got to do with any of this, you may ask? Well, for my incoming "special" birthday of 2021 I had a look at my Solar Revolution, just like I had done in other birthdays, but this time around I did not like the position that my Sun will acquire on my birthday, had I celebrated in London, so I decided to do something about it

Update: Given the length of it, I have moved the explanation of "What a Solar Revolution is" into this other article of mine: https://www.nazaudy.com/index.php/cisco/19-western-astrology/113-sun-in-the-houses-during-solar-return If you are interested in Astrology, and are curious to know why I chose to spend my birthday in Berlin, had a read of it please

When I checked my Solar Revolution for the year 2021, it showed that my birthday would actually be 27th November at 08:48 am, because at that time the Sun will be in 5:19 of Sagittarius, of course, the same grade and minute that it was when I was born. Had I had my birthday in London, for the year of 2021-2022 my Sun would have been in the 12th house, which any Astrologer could tell you is not a very exciting position, it may lead to isolation, introspection and a year of solitude and self-analysis

 

I wanted something more challenging for the year 2021-2022, so I decided to do something about it, something that I've heard some Astrologers do every now and then but which I had never done before… until now: to tweak your solar revolution by travelling either East or West in order to change the position of the planets. After looking at my possibilities and factors like days of holidays remaining, covid restrictions, time of travel, etc, I decided to physically be in Berlin for when the Sun returns at 5:19 of Sagittarius, meaning that it will in the 11th house of my Solar Revolution Astral Chart, a much open to the outside world position that forecasts a year focusing in projects, realisations, achievements, connections and friendships, much more interesting (at this point in my life) than a year of self-analysis and solitude forecasted in the 12th house, had I stayed in London for my birthday. I have already done lot of that. However, the issue would be that, with this new position of Sun in 11th, Uranus moves closer the IC and made an oppositional aspect to the Medium Coeli (MC or Midheaven) which means unexpected changes in destiny and specially in the home, but hey, I was willing to take the risk, and this is how I decided to venture and visit Berlin (Moscow was also considered!) for a few days in late November 2021, and welcome the pass of the Sun for 5 degrees 19 minutes of Sagittarius with a glass of mulled wine haha (joking on that one, in fact I was meditating at the exact time of the passing, 8:48 in the morning UK time)

So yeah, call me nuts, but this is how I came to know Berlin

Preparations

"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail", I've known that sentence by heart since I was like one-year old. I love organising and any Astrologer can tell you that that is very common in people born under the influence of Sagittarius, specially on my case where I have 5 planets in that sign. I originally was hoping to do the trip London to Berlin by train, kind of cool and romantic, but the minimum length of the journey would have been 9 hours each way, and the price was even more expensive than flying, so I'm sorry that Greta Thuberg will not be happy. I admire her, but I'm not sure how they want people to reduce their CO2 emissions at the time of travelling by air when other alternative transports are so dramatically expensive. So, I have to go by plane

Using Expedia, I booked myself a flight from British Airways, leaving from London City Airport (hoho, my first visit to that airport) and landing in Berlin Brandenburg airport nearly 2 hours after. I realised later on, while on the plane, that that very same route was the one the RAF fighters would probably have taken when bombing Berlin back in 1945. Now, with the COVID pandemic still around, flying is slightly difference, so I had to do these things:

  1. Lucky me I'm fully vaccinated, and I have to prove that while in Germany all the time, even to have a coffee at Nero's for example. Download the NHS app and send to you email a copy of the NHS COVID PASS, that will be in PDF format, and it will give you a QR code that expires in 30 days, so basically get the pass within 30 days of your travel.
  2. Visit EasyJet Hub to find out the entry requirements for Germany: https://www.easyjet.com/en/covid-19-travel-hub/country-specific-restrictions-and-entry-requirements Another good link to check the entry requirements is the British Airways one: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/incident/coronavirus/covid19-tests  These two inks and simple and effective, because if you have to refer to the Government guidelines, which is in this other link, you'll find all the info extremely confusing and frustrating https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany/entry-requirements it looks like they are doing it on purpose! 
  3. Complete a new UK Passenger Locator Form at least 48 hours before the flight
  4. To be able to enter Germany, complete a Pre-departure Digital Registration here: https://einreiseanmeldung.de/#/ Again, you can only do this 48 hours before departure
  5. Book a COVID test for Day 2, so you can test upon arrival. I used a company called "Rapid Test" https://officialrapidtests.com/products/day-2-antigen-test

I printed all in "Microsoft Print to PDF", and all the info with me in a folder when flying

Berlin transport: To use the tube and train in Berlin, from the Zone C where the Airport is to the Zone A where my hotel was, I booked a "Berlin Welcome Card" from civitalis, my dearest friend Marta told me about it, really worth it! https://www.civitatis.com/en/berlin/berlin-welcome-card/  I selected the 4 days zones ABC card, for a cost of £45

Day 1

After so much worrying, the flight to Berlin was very smooth. Loved London City Airport, the smallest airport I've ever seen but well equipped and service. BA did not ask me anything about covid! Just my usual boarding pass, and once in Germany, the official briefly looked at my documents in points 1 and 4, and then asked me to show him a proof of my return ticket! haha I guess they are more worried about illegal immigrants getting in than for foreigners bringing the virus with them

From the airport, I took the train RB14 all the way to Alexander Platz, from where I walked the 20' plus to my hotel. Using www.booking.com I stayed for the whole length of my visit to Berlin at Park Plaza Wallstreet Mitte Hotel, the room was spacious indeed and the location was super, 3' walk from a tube station, but I do not recommend this hotel for the following:

  1. As always when I book hotels for myself, I never make the reservation with breakfast included, but at the time of check-in I do ask for the breakfast for the next morning, and pay for it. That way I test the breakfast for one morning only, and if I like I do repeat but if I don't.....I only had breakfast in this hotel once. The price was 14 euros and the buffet was nothing to write home about. What worries me is that I asked for an omelette (unfortunately they did not have spinach, so I had the omelette only with mushrooms) and later on, when I checked the invoice for my staying, I saw I was charge and extra 3 euros on top of the 14 for the breakfast..... was I charge for that omelette? If so, that's outrageous
  2. But the reason, really, that I would not recommend this hotel was that on my last morning somebody knocked and then opened my door at 8am, when I was still sleeping.... hello? The person must belong to the hotel, to be able to open the door of my room. He notice (was a male voice) that the room was still occupied, apologised and closed the door, but the freaked me out completely! An hour later, when I was working on my laptop and having a coffee (thanks God I was already showered and dressed), the same familiar voice knocked the door and entered after I said "Come in!". It was maintenance of the hotel, changing one of the mirror in the bathroom... who cares? That's a total lack of attention, they should do this sort of work when the guests are not in. I had been 3 days in that room and that mirror he changed was perfectly fine

Anyway, let's jump to some pictures! On my first day I was so excited to be in Berlin that walked the town centre quite a lot. I felt hungry and wanted to taste some famous German meat, and it was really, really cold in the street! So I went to this restaurant called Alt-Berliner Gasthaus Julchen Hoppe, located close to the Cathedral and ordered a Schweinefiletgeschnetzeltes mit Champignonrahm und hausgemachten Spätzle (yeah, yeah, I know.... sounds delicious ah?), it was a Sliced pork fillet with mushroom cream and homemade spaetzle and I really loved it, the meat was extraordinary, but I will not recommend this restaurant for two reasons:

  1. The waitress did not allow me to charge my mobile in the spare power sockets in the restaurant: Nein, nein
  2. But the reason, really, that I would not recommend this restaurant, is that the bill was 21.10 euros. I gave to the waitress 50 and she gave me back 25 euros only, saying that the rest (the 3,9 euros remaining) were tips, bye. What? This doesn't happen in London! At first I thought this probably was a "German-thing", for the waitress to take their own tips, but that only happened to be in this particular restaurant our of the few that a visited while in Berlin. So yeah, very rude of this place for helping themselves with the tips, that is ALWAYS the customer's decision

Anyway part two, on my way to the Cathedral I saw the entrance was 9 euros. I was happy that thanks to my Berlin Welcome Card I was entitled to a 2 euros discount, so I jumped the queue full of ego and laughing at those losers behind me who were paying 9 euros, only to find out at the end that for the discount to be applicable you have to pay in cash, and I had no change. So at the end I ended up paying 10 euros for the entrance,

 

Damage

Fly from London to Berlin = £233.69

Hotel room, breakfast excluded =

Anti-gen test for day 2 = £21.99

Berlin Welcome Card = £45

Changed some euros at Covent Garden FX Exchange, the sold me at 1.16, one of the best rates around

 

References

Before you Make Birthday plans, consult this Astro Chart https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/what-is-a-solar-return-chart-heres-why-you-should-be-calculating-yours

Where to stay in Berlin https://www.youcouldtravel.com/travel-blog/where-to-stay-in-berlin

Explore Berlin https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Tourism-g187323-Berlin-Vacations.html

 

 

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