The Day My Expedition ALMOST Ended!

Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
Trip End Oct 08, 2008

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ich leben ein charmant leben!
...or something like that.
I live a charmed life!
Things can heat up pretty quickly with 7 people in a room. Especially when 5 of them are pretty young women. OK. Get your minds out of the gutter. Seven bodies generate a lot of heat so we left one of the windows open. With the hostel situated on a busy street that meant a lot of noise. Shortly after going to bed, much later than I would have wanted (again), one of the German women, the one that had come in when I was napping, had come to bed (her bed...not mine) and though she had been quite quiet in getting undressed in the room, had had an impact on my falling asleep. Also, one of the other German women's cell phone went off and she wasn't hearing it. So Alison turned a light on and let the girl know that she was none too happy to be awakened shortly after falling asleep. And so, in the end, it was another "lack of sleep" night. Oh right, the other guy in the room got up early to leave.
Last night Alison, Tony (the father from Britain) and (I never did get her name) from Israel had chatted till quite late in the kitchen (the reason for another late night. Then I chatted some more with Tony this morning before hitting the road. He was wondering if I could make a living doing what I'm doing. I'm not. But I will be. That I know for sure.
Today's driving went a lot better than on Tuesday. Though it was a difficult start leaving Erfurt. I ended up on a street I don't think I should have been on as the trains were running on both sides of the street and then I ended up with no place to turn off so I made a u-turn. It was some kind of shopping and pedestrian only mall. "Crazy Canadian on a motorrad." After a stop for gas (after another detour), I was finally on my way. The GPS was set for the shortest, though not the fastest. route to Berlin. It took about 3 hours to do the first 100 kms of 300 for the day. Driving through the countryside was awesome. The sun was shining. Tree lined streets zooming by. Old buildings in quaint little towns that popped up every few kilometres. Cobbled stone streets. Women flying through the air.
Huh?  Yes, that's right. As I was driving through this small town, I turned this corner and noticed a few  hundred feet  ahead a body flying through the air. A woman had stepped off the curb and was hit by a car. As I approached, and stopped, she got up and sat on the ground to the side of the road, blood dripping from her face. Her husband (I'm assuming) was nearby. There were other people around and as I wouldn't have been a good witness (as I really hadn't seen what happened) I continued on my way.
And a short distance later, my Expedition ALMOST Ended!
After the awesome morning riding, the afternoon was all autobahn and city driving. The autobahn driving was a lot better than the other day. No rain helped and there were a lot less trucks. The wind wasn't so bad either. I'm also getting more comfortable driving at those speeds. Having O-Hi-O as my backseat navigator is also helping. For those who don't remember, O-Hi-O stands for Oh High One! It came to me after thinking of those "God is my Co-Pilot" bumper stickers.
I decided to stay at another hostel in Berlin since I had such a great experience in Erfurt. This one is called, Lette'm Sleep Hostel. I booked the room online. I started booking another 7 person room, then when I refreshed then room was full. So I ended up booking a 6 person room for a few Euros more. When I checked in I was told I had the last bed in the room. The sheets are in the room but I have to make the bed. The room has been empty as I'm writing this after having gone for a "short" walk around the (former East German) neighbourhood and so I have not yet met my roommates. But from the clothes laying around (ie. bras and panties), I would have to guess that they are female, young and Asian (OK. I cheated. I know some of them are Asian as I noticed name tags on their luggage and they were from Hong Kong). Could be an interesting stay. More later...but then maybe not.
Ah Yes! The title to my blog. Warning to MOM-Skip the next paragraph.
For some reason as I was leaving the town where the woman was hit, I missed seeing a stop sign until I was passing it. As I looked in my side mirror a few seconds later I noticed a 5 ton cargo truck turning at that intersection. If I would have been a few seconds slower I would have ploughed right into the side of the truck, and in all likelihood, my Journey would have been over. Well, at least without my motorcycle and potentially some body parts. Yes, I should be more careful. I thanked the Lord, God, the Universe, and pretty well everyone I could think of for the next 15 minutes.
The next day (today) touring.
But roommates. Yes, they were all Asians. They showed up in the room at 10. Two males and three females. All quite young. They spoke Chinese the whole time. They got ready for bed quietly. Which I found respectful. I had been listening to my i-Pod. The room we were in was in the middle of the building by the courtyard and so was very quiet. I slept quite well and woke up at 8. Everyone else was still sleeping. I quietly got dressed and left for my day of walking around Berlin...all 6 hours of walking.
It rained most of the day. My only concern walking around was getting creamed by a bicyclist. They zoom down the sidewalks and as I'm often taking pictures I sometimes turn around not realizing a bicycle might be coming my way. Luckily there were no mishaps.
And so, what did I see? There was a lot of the old wall separating East and West, with storyboards explaining its history. I saw the Reichstag, Brandeberg Gate, the Topography of Terror exhibition, Checkpoint Charlie and the Palace of the Republic. I also saw the Berliner Dom, the Rathaus, and the TV Tower. Yes, I walked a lot.
I met and chatted with 4 young lasses from Britain when I was at the Berliner Dom and a young Deutsch Frau when I was taking pictures in front of the TV Tower fountain. I haven't the faintest idea what the young Frau was saying but she was extremely attractive and smiled a lot at me. Now some of you may be wondering how I end up chatting, most of the time, with young women. I have also noticed that young woman, under 30, smile at me a lot. I do have a young soul in an older body. Maybe that has something to do with it. Today, part of the reason was my umbrella.
You see, last year when I was in New York I purchased an umbrella at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) store. The underside of the umbrella has a blue sky and fluffy white clouds. It attracts a lot of attention from the young women. I might get a smile from the under 35, but the under 30 will stop and chat. Women over 35 don't even look at me. Guess that's why I'm single. The other reason was that today O-Hi-O was visiting Berlin. You attract a lot of attention when you pull out a fluffy teddy bear who's wearing beads and you prop him/she/it in front of a tourist attraction to take a picture. Maybe someone out there has a theory as to why I attract so much attention from the under 30 females?
Finally, I would also like to tell you a story on how the Universe works when you have your life aligned with it and are living in awareness. Yesterday when I checked into my room I put my laptop and camera equipment in a locker in the room and put my suitcase lock on the door. Later I came to unlock it and couldn't. I must have moved the numbers somehow before locking it without realizing what the new numbers were. I pried the lock off to get my stuff out. Later I went for a walk around the neighbourhood and saw a locksmith but the store was closed. I figured I should buy another lock if I'm going to be staying in hostels. On the way back from my day of walking I stop and pull out my map to see how close I am to the hostel. I'm less than 2 blocks away. Then I remember about going to the locksmith to buy another lock. I look up and I'm standing right in front of the door of the locksmith shop. Talk about a coincidence, but you should all know by now that I don't believe in coincidences. Everything happens for a reason.
And on that note I must tell my mom, who has ignored my warning not to read my "near brush with death" experience, that I am not worried about anything happening to me, and neither should she. If anything did, how could I fulfill my soul's purpose. God, the Universe, What? Is!, make sure I remain aware of what is happening around me, but that's about the extent of it. If anything did happen during my travels, it would have happened at home also. My life is unfolding as it should.
When I returned to the hostel, my bunkmates had checked out. I had the room to myself, but not for long. Jess from Melbourne, Australia has been touring Europe for 3 months and Liam (who's been travelling a few weeks). They met up a while back (though they knew each other in Melbourne) and have been travelling together since. Later on 3 other guys showed up, 2 of them from Toulouse, France and I never did find out where the 3rd guy came from.
None of the guys spent much time in the room. I did chat with Jess for a bit. She graduated from a gold and tin smiting course and decided to travel and get out of Melbourne. She often stays with people she meets, does some camping, has stayed under the stars when she couldn't find a hostel and never pre-books rooms. She leaves it up to the Universe to provide a safe place to stay. I asked her about creepy roommates and she did say that once there was an older guy that crept right up to her as she was resting and stared at her from about 6 inches.   That was really creepy but it got worse later when she woke up and the guy was kissing her. When she awoke he ran away never to be seen. Jess  indicated she doesn't worry about those things. Which I think is awesome. We DO create our lives! Live in the present and don't worry about the future nor the past.
I would have loved to have chatted more with Jess. She has a beautiful aura and an amazing outlook on life. Not to mention she was gorgeous and has that Australian accent that melts your heart listening to her speak. She was heading out to the bar with some others from Australia she and Liam had met. She invited me to come along but I declined as I was starting to really feel the effects of too little sleep and proper nourishment. A night out at the bar wouldn't have been good if I'm planning on hitting the road in the morning. Hopefully I run into her somewhere else during my travels.
It is time for bed, though I am not sure how well I will sleep as the 2 French lads haven't made their beds and are not around and who knows when Liam and Jess will return from their bar visit. Jess did mention that someone wanted to go to a bar where you had to take the train (though there are plenty of good bars nearby).
I do live a charmed life! Love to all!
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