Before I went I got a lot of dire warnings about how hot Berlin gets in the summer, so I felt a little cheated when I disembarked into light drizzle and it remained overcast for most of my trip, and more than usual like an idiot tourist in my shorts and sandals. Probably for the best given how much walking I ended up doing, mind.
I spent my first day in the city hunting locations from 1960s spy flick The Quiller Memorandum with the help of this website. I highly recommend this as a way to see some parts of the city you might not otherwise have visited, especially if you enjoy postwar German architecture, as I do. (See below.)
I had lunch on the Kurfürstendamm with Marcy, a friend from the Vespa forum, and met my host and his boyfriend, Ben, for dinner. It wouldn't be a holiday without a strange flavour of ice cream, and this trip's was Kinder Bueno.