of beer and dancing

Trip Start Jul 08, 2013
Trip End Aug 10, 2013

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Though my little couchette was hot and a little stuffy, I survived the night sleeping on the train and awoke to Germany! Berlin is lovely...very green, clean, and interesting although I am feeling a little overwhelmed with the language. But fortunately most people here seem to speak at least two languages and everyone I have met so far has been helpful! Made my way from the train to my hotel on the S Bahn metro and found my hotel with little difficulty. I am staying at The Hotel Domicil, which I highly recommend if you ever find yourself in Berlin. The rooms are beautiful and big and although you have to pay for wi-fi, and its patchy at best, I was able to blog while I waited for Mark Brown to arrive. Mark is one of my fellow Monterey teachers who just finished up a tour through Germany with another group of teachers and it was awesome to see a familiar face. We relaxed and chatted for a bit then headed out to explore Berlin.

First stop was the Charlottenburg Castle which was very large from the outside but too pricey for us to go inside. Just outside the gates, a beer festival was taking place, which was more up our alley anyway so we stopped for a nibble and a pint. Then it was onto the German Historical museum. It was free today, hooray, and what a great museum. Only problem was that you needed at least two days to see everything in there, and we had about three hours. So much information, artifacts and displays beautifully laid out in a great historical building as well. It closed at six so we wandered down by the rive and found dinner at a cute little cafe style German restaurant. We had goulash soup, and three kinds of local specialties, all meat, with yummy sauerkraut and potato salad sides. A bottle of sweet rose helped wash it down and lots of travel photos shown and experiences shared. It was so good to relax with someone who knows you well...although my voice hurts from talking so much!

With dinner finished, we walked along the edge of the river and took in the sights of Berlin. Locals relaxed with bottles of wine or beer and listened to bands spaced out along the river banks. We found an open air theatre with a long line up of people waiting to get in to see the play (we actually thought it was the beer line up at first!), so we didn't stay. Clutching our Coronas with lime we stopped and watched some locals dancing tango on a bridge then then the sirens call of really excellent celtic music called us into Murphy's Irish pub. A perfect way to end the evening with a few pints of excellent Irish beer and a really great Irish band playing Whiskey In The Jar. Ah Berlin...mending my broken heart!
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twodrifters07 on

Glad to hear you made it safely and have met up with Mark...say hi! to him from me! We've never been to Germany (believe it or not, somewhere I can't say "I've been there!") so we will eagerly read your blogs and start dreaming! Love, Ma

nathan! on

Haha, i got all excited about your bee festival, but i bet you meant beer since you had pints there :P

Anya on

Ha! I was also looking for bees Nathan! I never figured out she meant beers...

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