The new Berlin
This is the sixth part in my series documenting my experience inter-railing across Europe. For those that haven’t seen this photo series before, F^CK BREXIT was a name I gathered inspiration from whilst I was in Amsterdam. As soon as we left the train station, a bar had changed around the letters on it’s shop front to ‘F^CK BREXIT, as it clearly had some feelings towards the way in which Britain decided to vote leave. F^CK BREXIT is in no way a political statement from me. Personally, I respect the 17.5 million people who voted leave and can see why (apart from the immigration reasons) they wanted to leave the EU. However, F^CK BREXIT is about exploring the humanity, beauty and culture of Europe, that unites those within the EU together. A couple of my friends and I decided to inter-rail around Europe after the announcement that Britain would be leaving the EU, was simply because we wanted to experience Europe with ease. Perhaps in two years we would have had to apply for visas for each country, and in general it could have been a lot harder to travel around Europe than it was.
Leipzig was a nice break from our inter-railing break. It was extremely beautiful and had a decent night life. The highlight of the city was the walk to The Monument of the Battle of the Nations, which is an insane monument which commemorates Napoleon’s defeat at Leipzig in 1813. Leipzig is an up and coming city with many young people moving out of Berlin and going over there for cheaper rents. People say it is the new Berlin, and you can see this with the culture and art dotted around the city.
Words and photography by Bilal Akkouche