I know, you are right in a sense - I don't easily pick up such nuances and I'm probably not a fan of modern history, either. I actually enjoy a ghetto-like and edgy atmosphere, though - that's something I liked about Berlin, and also about the periphery of Athens, for example; it does seem to be more "honest", as you say.On the other hand it is vibrant, very accepting (if you want to dress like a goth, a hipster or like you just fell out of a tree, feel free), it has one of the best clubbing scenes in the world, an incredible history (it was the epicentre of 20th century history), a lot of depth and it feels cutting edge, that's why all the artists go there. I love that Berlin is so edgy and honest, the whole bandwidth of positive and negative human emotions is so out there (just look at Berlin's history and all the memorials reminding us of it, for example the remains of the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust memorial etc) In contrast a lot of Southern Germany is so pristine that it makes me want to spill something or spit on the pavement just to liven things up a bit. There you are also likely to meet the kind of Germans who tell off their neighbours for not hanging up their washing correctly.
Probably one reason why I liked the south more is that I'm more influenced by the natural landscape, thus southern Germany was more attractive for me (I kinda hate plains). But I'm sure that if I were to live there for a prolonged amount of time in a place where people were terribly bigoted, I'd start to hate it no matter what the landscape looks like.
Ahah, agree. I loved Marseille, even if so many people feel like it's dangerous, dirty, etc...that's just a small price to pay to have that kind of intensity, IMHO. In fact, I love those mediterranean cities that manage to be a combination of shady and beautiful (periphery vs city centre) like Marseille, Genova, Athens, etc.Marseille: 7w8