Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
Trip End Sep 04, 2008

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Ahhh I can't believe I am in Berlin already.  Noooo.  I mean, yessss!  I have such mixed feelings about this.

Last night in Prague, I hung out at the hostel, drinking wine and meeting new people until the last minute.  Then I walked over to the bus station with another guy who was headed to Amsterdam for an exchange program.  I passed out as soon as I was on the bus and woke up only once for the passport check.  It arrived in Berlin in the frigid morning.  Finding the hostel was not too difficult... just 16 stops away by U-bahn... I arrived at 6:30am, so I just kind of crashed in the hostel lounge. 

I wanted nothing more than to check into the room and pass out, but as this was not possible until 2pm, I decided to make the best of the time by joining the FREE New Berlin tour.  It was not as entertaining or picturesque as the one in Amsterdam, but at least I got to meet some people from the hostel.  I instantly bonded with Dana from Hawaii.  She got in here this morning as well after a horrendous train ride from Italy.  She just spent a week in Rome, so Berlin comes off as very modern to her.  I agree, Berlin does not fit into the string of beautiful and historical European cities.  It's very spacious and modern, with grand buildings here and there.  Some parts of it reeks of its communist past.  After the long tour, we checked into our room (she changed her room, so we are roomming together- yay) and passed out.  When I woke up, the sky was dark and... RAINY!  What?  I had almost forgotten that un-sunny weathers exist.  We were totally planning on doing the pub crawl tonight, but it looks like a no go.  Boooo.  I guess we can just stay in today... our hostel does have a pretty hopping bar. 

Oh my gosh, I am going home in 3 days!  AHhhhh
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