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... we got closer to Potsdam. So as you can imagine it was dark arriving into Berlin. The GPS got us to the hotel pretty quickly, we are at the Hampton Inn, West, which is a brand new Hotel and a first for the Hampton class of hotels. It will have an American bed and amenities and we are so looking forward to that. There was one last parking spot in the garage and we took it. That made unloading quite easy.
After a couple of minutes to refresh ...
... was the main train station and was to meet Ruth and Greg. Unfortunately the train they arrived on from Austria also said it was at HBF but we ended up at different stations! No biggie just a bit of stress and in the end an easy taxi ride to the hotel to meet up!
The first night we caught up on gossip (as you do) had a few drinks and went out for dinner. Once we sorted out our plans for the next day over breakfast we hit the tourist trail.
Berlin is a big city and ...
... my belly in! At the second pub I started to feel even worse and by the time I got to the third pub I was in pain. I went to the bathroom and threw up and decided that I would leave the pub crawl and walk home before things got worse. I'm glad I did because I spent the rest of the night in the bathroom with the runs and throwing up. It is always horrible being sick like that and even more so when you're not in the comfort of your own house. I really just needed someone to care for ...
... the sunny afternoons--also where I found a piece of the Berlin wall. I've uploaded a couple pictures and videos from there. There you can see I stumbled upon a Zumba dance party, beatboxer, and band (composed of rapper, trumpet player, and dj), such a fun place!
In Berlin apparently it's normal to arrive at the club at 10am on a Sunday, and party all day long. I guess it sort of makes sense, ...
... and no longer there. The language, however, was a different story. I had downloaded a few "Learn German" apps on my phone prior to arrival. The one new word that stuck with me was “entschuldigung” which is German for “sorry/excuse me.” Though my method of imagining an ant standing in the middle of a shul exclaiming “the gong!” wasn't going to be practical for a whole language. It also meant I said ...
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