A Cold Front in Germany
Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
26Trip End Apr 30, 2012
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And another train confusion leads to about a half hour of discomfort and sweaty faces…. We see the train to Berlin from Prague pull up, watching the first class car go by so we head in the direction of that car so that we can leisurely grab our seats.. However, the train gods must have thought that the past couple of excursions have been too trouble free so they decided to throw a wrench into the situation by strategically placing a non-English speaking troll at the gates of our car, hand signaling to us that this was the wrong first class, and that we must move to the complete other end of this 12 car train.
Finally we arrive in Berlin, hop on several metro trains during rush hour, and then end at our hotel… We change into warmer clothes since the temperature dropped several degrees with some addition of rain clouds, and then were off to an interesting Ethopian meal. After reading trip advisor, every review said that this restaurant was a MUST so we thought what better time to experience something new than in Germany. We arrive and are the only people in the whole place, minus the childcare crew that was running amuck throughout the entire restaurant (family business, it actually was a much more pleasant experience than what it sounds like). Looking at the menu only written in German, I see a word that looks something like "Vegetarian" and we agree that vegetables are not as intimidating as random varieties of meat.. The meal consisted of handful-sized servings of various vegetable concoctions (lentils mixed with spices, a potato and squash mix we think?) on top of these thin, crepe-like lentil cakes.. The object of the game was to scoop up the vegetable concoctions by using the crepes as spoon-substitutes (which we bypassed somehow by cleverly scooping the assortment of mounds with our tea spoons and creating make-shift ethopian burritos).. In the end, both bridget and I basically clean the large platter (minus this weird pickle-mint mixture which went down about as easily as grape-cough syrup), and were quite content… If you would like a visual of the event, the scene in Along Came Polly is quite comparable (minus with the addition of spoons and the minus of sweating/expelling our meal)
We wake up to a gloomy Berlin (which is exactly how I pictured the city to be honest) and start the day off with a free walking tour (its becoming our standard protocol when arriving in a new city, and we love it). After touring around Berlin, learning all about communism, WWII the Cold war, and random bits of information (did you know that the Berlin Wall went through seven different renovations to finally reach the final construction of two walls that had a 5-yrd death strip in between that contained traps and police dogs--interesting, I know), we end our experience as frozen icicles with full bladders that are in desperate need of food and a bathroom..
We finally end in this warm cafe-type place where we both enjoy a great meal (and a fantastic beer for me) which warmed us up and left us quite happy.. At this point in the journey I decided that in order for me to survive the rest of the day, I would need to ditch the two tights and dress I was wearing for a warmer and more insulated outfit
The rest of the evening is full of us walking around, enjoying that sun that came out right after I changed my outfit (the irony is only entertaining now looking back), and snapping shots of us next to Life-size painted Bears that was part of a art movement (hundreds of bears--Berlin's mascot--were painted by hundreds of people--much like the store "art for your heart" if you know what I am talking about--and distributed all throughout the city…so we attempted to take as many pictures as we could of these sculptures)…
While waiting in line for the free tour the day prior, we hear an enchanting and whitty British voice coming out of this gangling fellow that was apart of the free walking tour company… He was not our guide that day, but we were told that he was leading a walking tour on the 6th (today) around Potsdam, Germany, so we couldn't resist the British spell and decided to join his tour (we were thinking of going to Potsdam regardless, so it wasn't a completely outlandish decision).
We continued traveling around the town, talking intermittently with other tour attendants and the leader of the tribe himself, Prince Charming. If you want an image, I think he is a mix of Hugh Grant and his tall roommate from Notting Hill, a hilarious combo if I must say so myself.. We end the tour visiting the Versailles of Germany, a beautiful area of lavish gardens that even in the depressing weather seemed quite spectacular… It was a great experience, and were able have another history lesson that completely surpassed any class we took prior to this trip.
We ended our night at an Indian food restaurant located on a gay friendly street, so we enjoyed some great curry and parade of men in leather-chaps, a perfect way to end our Berlin experience…