Berlin is unique. It is a melting pot of exotic cultures and styles that defies definition and cannot be described in any standard terms. It was winter when I first visited. THe streets were cold and gray with foreboding steely clouds hanging overhead. The people around me were wrapped in dull colours with equally foreboding scowls, defying any idea of conversation.
But step out of the icy air into any cafe, or shop, or bar and the contrat is startling in its completeness. The warmth of the interiors is matched by the warmth and generosity of the people. Smiles and laughter greet you - as if two Berlins exist: the cold and the warm.