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“It’s one of the hardest nightclubs to get into in like the whole world, Aunty B,” he said.

“We got knocked back the first time but we went back dressed all in black and didn’t speak to each other. When the bouncer spoke to us, I just replied ‘zwei’ and held up two fingers and he let me and my mate in,”

“It was that easy.”

Lewis Borenstein is talking to his 65-year-old aunt about his recent trip to Europe – more specifically, about the time he got into Berghain.

The Berlin institution is infamous in electronic and nightlife culture whereby it’s used as the yardstick by which all other clubs are measured.

When the 24-year-old student arrived in the German capital, he knew he had to at least try to get in.

And he did.

However, friends of the worldly Cancerian are now growing tired of him bringing up his Berlin experiences up in everyday conversations he has with people – some even perfect strangers.

Known locally as Berghain Syndrome, the conditions happens when a young man or woman travels to the city for the first time and are simply overwhelmed by the personal freedoms and fun that can be had there.

Symptoms include an inability to talk about anything else except the nightclub and the city it’s in, a tendency to steer conversations toward being in Berlin and a weariness of any other city’s nightlife.

One of Lewis’ many friends took time out of their busy day to speak to The Advocate briefly.

“He definitely has Berghain syndrome,” they said.

“Ever since he’s been back, and he’s been back since November mind you, he can’t talk about anything esle. Everything he says now is either Berlin this or Berghain that. We get it, it’s a mad place. But guess what is also a mad place? O’Malley’s at Mooloolaba. That’s my type of nightclub,”

“Enough is enough.”

More to come.


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