More Russian Practice

Trip Start Jul 16, 2013
Trip End Oct 07, 2013

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Flag of Germany  , Berlin,
Monday, August 5, 2013

Just a nice building by the water.

And a nice bridge. Well a bit of the bridge anyway. I must remind myself to take more photos. It's not as if these were the most impressive buildings I saw on the day.

I think this is a museum. There are always a few buskers here and the usual hippie crowd that always hangs around this sort of place. It makes it lively but it also unfortunately lends a certain amount of uniformity to these places whether it's a major statue in a square in Prague or Kraków or Rome or here in Berlin.

Come to think of it I think Franklin attracts a similar sort of crowd... or are they just waiting for a bus?

I wonder whether it ever occurs to them that if everyone espoused their sort of life-style none of these sorts of buildings would ever have been built. Yeah, yeah I know... I'm not exactly that productive myself.

Yes, I'm definitely being unfair. Society's changed and it's just that different lifestyles are now possible.

Though... it's not as if they're contemplating the architecture... all they're really doing is getting in everyone's travel snaps.

Seeing this is the Humboldt Universty I think this is von Humboldt himself. Quite an amazing bloke. And actually born in Berlin.

And Heinrich Heine looking very laid-back.

Now these always look pretty cool.

Everyone hops on, pedals and the guide bloke steers and gives a bit of a commentary. They also do a bit of a taxi run. Not like those blokes with their pedicabs in New York charging $3 per minute! I wonder whether they expect a tip on top of that?

As this bloke gets a spot in the middle of the road I think he's a former king or something.

On the so-called museum island. For a moment I thought I'd got my Iceland photos mixed up with Berlin or something... it reminds me of the building on the lake there.

Late night works on the tram line.

Apart from taking a few boring photos of statues and things I also had some more Russian practice today. I've found someone that wants to swap Russian for English.

We met up at the biggest bookshop in Berlin and went for a stroll past the Reichstag... Russians like to remember past victories... especially over the Germans. After some initial small talk in English we switched to Russian.

I thought that her English would be much better than my Russian but I'm not sure now. Perhaps it's my accent that makes it difficult... although you're probably thinking - what accent?

The reality I suppose is that I've got huge gaps in my Russian vocab, something that someone that actually bothers to listen to English podcasts and watch movies probably doesn't have in English. And Russian verbs of motion are a nightmare for me...

After a bit of reflection I should wish my Russian were as good as her English... and there's a slight chance it would be if I put in some more effort.
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Mario on

Der "bloke" mitten auf der Straße ist der Alte Fritz :)

Axe on

"Especially over the Germans" ha!

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