While planning my trip I often had friends asking where I was planning to go, what I would see and who I was meeting. Anytime I mentioned Berlin I was met with big smiles and nods of "Oh, you'll love Berlin" or "That's my favorite city in Europe!". I've grown to brush off most of these "You'll love it there remarks" as people have proved to me they don't really know what they're talking about, but I was curious what about Berlin caused people to love it oh so much. I usually doubt the advice of other travelers but given the number of votes Berlin was getting I decided to trust them on this one, planning to stick around for a few days.
In the midst of searching for places to visit and things to do in Europe, I stumbled across the Forever Now Festival in Berlin. I almost paid no attention before realizing that it was the weekend as my proposed visit to the city! These festivals are things I occasionally see friends attending or posting about on Instagram, but rarely am I in the right place at the right time to attend. I didn't buy the ticket immediately as I still had the cost to consider, these events are never cheap, but it was definitely an appealing option for a way to spend my first day in a brand new city. After giving myself a few days I decided to compromise and buy a one day pass (vs. the entire weekend) thus giving myself a good dose of yoga and opportunity to meet some locals, while not completely destroying my budget.