Comedy of errors

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Nov 08, 2005

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Sunday, October 2, 2005

Arrived in Berlin Osbahnhof after much difficulty.  In Amsterdam C and I got on the international train to Berlin.  We had already asked at the ticket window if we needed to do anything to our Eurail passes (as this was the first time we were using them, and they told us no'.  Anyway, the conductor on the train told us otherwise.  We apparently had to get our Eurail passes stamped straightaway or he would fine us 50 Euros each. 

C grabbed my Eurail and passport (for Eurail ID purposes) and jumped off the train to get them stamped at the ticket window, leaving me on the train with all our stuff.  I was waiting, and waiting and 5 minutes before our train left I figured I should get our stuff on the move, to be safe.  I moved all my stuff to the front of the train near the door, and tried to get C's back off the racks with not much luck.  I had to enlist the help of a helpful American man to get it to the door of the train.  The doors promptly shut as I approached them.  I tried to open the doors to no avail.  I was stuck on the train with no ticket or passport (!!!)  I pleaded with the conductor to let me off the train, as I had no phone, no ticket or no passport to travel, besides, the train hadn't even left the platform!  "No!" was his firm reply. 

My legs gave way, I slunk to the ground and started sobbing and hyperventilating.  Mr Conductor felt sorry for me so patted my head.  "I can't open the doors until the first stop (in Amersfoort!!) but will try and contact your boyfriend and write you a return ticket to Centraal Station.  Things turned a bit better, I chatted with the Americans (film-makers from New York) and they helped my strap C's 20kg backpack on my back, his daypack on my front, my daypack on my left shoulder and my 13kg backpack zipped up and holding it in my right hand.  It took me 20 minutes to walk from one platform to the next at Amersfoort,  and a long time to walk from the very end platform (of course) to the ticket office in Centraal Station, where C was meeting me.  I had never been so happy to see him in my life!!!

Anyways, Berlin was fun.  We stayed in Mitte, close to the action.  We did a free city walking tour on my birthday, followed by a nice dinner in a fancy restaurant in the Rosen-Thall area.  The next day went to Sachenhausen concentration camp.  Very humbling and makes you appreciate where we are today.  That same night we went on a pub-crawl, was a lot of fun and was a great end to our time in Berlin.  Started chatting to the guy next to me, and he lived quite close to where I live in Melbourne...small world!

Berlin probably has the best pastries I have far anyway :P
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