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We started today at the Checkpointe Charlie museum, learning about the various ways that people tried to escape from east to West Berlin. There were mostly stories about failure to escape & a few who had success. It was fascinating to see the creativity that was used in the different escape methods - everything from a secret compartment in a car, to a kayak, to a hot air balloon. It took real guts to attempt escape.
After a mid-afternoon train from Amsterdam, we crossed the border into Germany in the least Teutonicly efficient way you could imagine. Our train was three and a half hours late, after its (German) air conditioning unit broke down, forcing us to change trains twice, arriving in Berlin shortly before midnight. It also led to a immediate and uncomfortable transition from speaking only English to Dutch people, to my speaking only German to Deutsche Bahn officials. (By the by, ...
... and save me?"
"Okay, good. Goodnight."
I stayed up all night, swallowed by childish thoughts and irrational fears. While I knew they were all far-fetched and ridiculous, insecurities I never knew I had began to claw their way to the surface. Maybe I wouldn't get along with people as easily as I thought I would, maybe I wasn't as street smart as I'd hoped, and maybe I would spend these next two months frozen with ...
... called vegie cupcakes and was painted green and yellow with grass on the walls. It was so cute!! We enjoyed a coffee together and a mini cupcake each. Mmmm delicious! We then walked back to the car. It was about 5.30pm by this time and time for me to meet my friends from school for dinner. I asked marc if he would like to join us and he said yes so we drove to Charlottenburg, to the nice Italian restaurant that Alessandro chefs at. There we met up with Ilya and Diana and enjoyed ...
... that has sucked him right in. I think once you find that book and a few subsequent others, it's much easier to read more and more. Hopefully this one does the trick, a few pages at a time. At least mr Bryson covers a fair few topics and he reminds me a little of our dear friend Neville whom we met in nuremberg. They Can both explain everything! And are so inspiring to talk/listen to about how the world works and what we are all made of. ...