How many times have I had the same conversation with avid travelers? (Countless!) They tell me how they always avoid the tourist traps and instead seek out the favorite haunts of the locals. That way they get the real flavor of a place, not the overhyped and over-priced attractions, but the experience of how the natives REALLY live.
Yesterday I spent the afternoon with two REAL Berliners, doing the REAL things REAL Berliners do. First we went shopping at a British bookstore and then saw an American blockbuster in the original. On the way home we stopped at a Japanese restaurant for some take-out sushi and sake. This was followed by a nightcap of Scottish whiskey and a round of English Scrabble.
All in all, another REALLY nice day in the German capital. Typical!