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

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Flag of Germany  , Berlin,
Thursday, August 8, 2013

Something different for Russian today. My tutor had to stay home to look after her daughter so I went to her place out in the suburbs. Top floor of an apartment building.

I even got to have some home-made dumplings and watch a Russian New Year musical programme on tv.

Someone has pointed out that the British have recently done a tv programme in which an English family is sent to Germany to live for a while to essentially find out what it's like to be German.

I haven't seen the programme but from the review I read of it the programme itself is extremely superficial and the review itself was very childish.

It amazes me that for countries that are so close together, next to each other in many cases, Europeans seem to know very little about each other. They go and holiday in each other's countries but they might as well be Australians holidaying in Bali.

The scene out in the suburbs.

Mainly high-rises of course. This is still Berlin - zone AB as far as the trams are concerned and you really have to get out into the countryside before you get houses with gardens.

Getting back towards my place things are looking a little less desolate.

Most suburbs seem to have mini markets most days. Why won't shops do? Perhaps it's the producers trying to cut out the middle-man. Or perhaps this is how it's always been done and the big supermarkets haven't been able to kill them yet.

Interesting though that many of the food shops in the street do only just sell food - or drinks. There aren't that many general shops. General stores to borrow the term from F-Troop.

As usual, interesting statues in every park. Old fashioned art installations.

For my evening activity I was off to the Tube Station Bar for an evening at InterNations. What's InterNations? I'm still not sure but I was put onto it by my Russian language exchange partner. Apparently it's something to do with networking and a lot of so-called expats go - and you know how much I like the word expats.

In this case there just seemed to be a lot of people standing around with a drink and chatting. Whether they were networking I'm not sure. And finally I didn't need to actually make an effort to mix in as I already knew one person there - Natalia, the Russian - and, what are the chances of this - I actually knew someone else there amongst the five people I know in Berlin. It was the American Esperantist whom I'd just met a few days earlier!
So I had a bit of a chat with them and then it was just about time to leave as the background music seemed to be getting louder and as I hadn't been there before and got there late anyway it was a bit hard to really mingle.
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Axe on

Great blog Bobbie.

frogwood on

Thats better than a Facebook post!

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