I was very happy to arrive in Berlin on June 12. Two reasons – one, I got to be with Rish after a week apart, and two it’s freaking BERLIN. How cool is that???
First stop, our accommodation, the Circus Hostel recommended by all.
Our first night we spent in a dorm, which was okay, bed was comfortable. Except it was a dorm. And I think I’ve learned that I don’t really do dorms :p
Circus had free wifi which we accessed in the common room/cafe. The lifts were being serviced a couple of times we were there, which included when hauling out luggage down… The only other criticism would be how often the ladies toilets ran out of paper :(
On the second night we moved to our own room, with this cool bed. Still shared facilities, but wonderful to have our own breathing space.
We took ourselves on the Lonely Planet’s walking tour of Berlin, backwards.
We got given some stickers to help decorate the arts centre….
Some strange man started talking to Rish, and I wasn’t cluey enough to rescue him from him :( So he got stuck with him for awhile before Rish managed to end the conversation. Sorry!
That evening, we went to the Berlin FanFest at the Olympic stadium to watch Australia get slaughtered by Germany. There were about 30 Australians in our little huddle, with 30,000 Germans surrounding us (plus Schwiney, the wonderpig)…
And Germany score. All downhill from there!!
Travelling back to the hostel was a slight ordeal…. mostly with the excited Germans jumping up and down in the carriages, singing the rif from Seven Nation Army…
Which may or may not have caused TWO trains to be declared broken.. how did they put it? Oh defekt heh. We all bundled out of one, into another which needed “Resetting”… oh dear.
Next day we headed out to the Stasi museum… which was interesting but not really enough English to understand everything!
Loved our trains in Germany…. I’m still curious about how they blocked off the subways during the division on Berlin…
Wandered into the Central park…
For dinner, we went to Nord Sud, a little French cafe with a choice of three set menus, for only €7,50 each! Rish and I tried two of these :)
Rish went for a second dessert – Vanilla gelato, which was, I’m told, not as good as the one in Vienna
Then, on our final night in Germany we headed out after a few drinks to Raw Tempel a cooler-than-thou electro/house/dance club in an old railway shed. We danced and danced, and things were just heating up when we had to leave around 3:30 to get back to the hostel to grab our things for the train back to Frankfurt…. then the flight to KL… *sigh* It was REALLY REALLY hard to leave Berlin. How long til we can go back?
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