Ausflug to Berlin

 

A few weeks ago, I saw a Groupon offer for something that Chris and I have been wanting to do for a very long time but is pretty expensive. It was well out of our comfort zone and price range. However, Groupon made this activity 50% cheaper and so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have Dinner in the Dark!! What is Dinner in the Dark? Exactly what it says. All the waiters and waitresses are blind or visually impaired and you eat dinner in complete darkness. The kind of darkness where you can’t even see your hand in front of your face. When we told people what we wanted to do, most conversations went like this:

What are you doing this weekend?

Going to Dinner in the Dark.

You’re doing what?

We are eating dinner in the dark.

Why would you want to do that?!

Because its fun. Does that not sound fun to anyone else?Anyway, the idea is that your sense of sight is given a small break, so that you can truly experience your other senses, particularly that of taste and smell. And it works. It felt like you could smell every spice in the soup and hear every word every person was saying. But the best part, was of course, eating dessert. Dessert was nothing less than divine while sitting in the dark. Part of dessert was raspberries. Eating something that already has such an intense flavor in the dark was almost too much. It was amazing 🙂

The restaurant is called “Unsicht-bar” which translated means invisible. “Unsicher” also means unsure. Pretty great name for this restaurant.

We had a fantastic waiter who graciously spoke English to us the whole time and made us feel really comfortable. It took awhile to get used to sitting in the dark but after our 3 hour dinner, we were both feeling pretty okay with it. We won’t be eating dinner in the dark at home, or anything but it was a really cool experience that took us both out of comfort zone and “opened our eyes” to something new.

And of course, we decided to make a trip out of it. So, we also went to see the new James Bond movie, “Skyfall” in English! Popcorn included. It was fantastic and highly recommended. And I won major brownie points as I was the one that suggested we go see it 🙂

And of course, we couldn’t help ourselves. The Berlin Christmas Markets were already open, so we spent the day checking them out. Berlin has multiple Christmas Markets and they turned out to be some of our favorites.