So, the reason Berlin sports teams suck so much is all the hippies who moved here in the 60s onwards to avoid compulsory military service, and everyone knows how much they hate sports. This is amusing and relevant because of where Berlin sits in amongst the other German cities - it's where you go if you want to escape from the rigidity of the other parts of Germany...LIKE THE WAY THEY MAKE BEER. They've been making frickin' Pilsner for years and that's about it because of the stupid beer laws. But at least they can semi-ignore it now through a mess of complicated regulations. Don't even get my beer-tasting tour guide started. Also runs tours where you go to an anti-fascist brewery...next time.
Lots of history around WW2 and the cold war, and massively tolerant public drinking laws most especially tested by the Friedrichshein pub crawl which was a bit of a blur and featured a feeling of impending doom upon hearing the deep voice of a train station announcement at 4 in the morning after getting a bit lost but Google maps sorted it eventually *Breath* Easy place to live, bike, move, breathe and par-tay if thats your thing
An almost featureless city physically...the only way to orient yourself might be the giant East German tv tower but thats it, even the small hills were made by post WW2 rubble, with bonus artificial waterfalls. And guys selling beer for cheap.
Awesomely Picked up at airport by Katja a whopping eight years after meeting in Napier. Taken straight over to a river for a coffee catch up and then to a whopping great Soviet war memorial/cemetery in Treptow Park - they loved memorials the Soviets but only for those 'politically correct' enough, though dead soldiers (20-30,000 in Berlin) is a no-brainer for everyone. In conclusion the sword-wielding soldier, adoring child and smashed swastika is totally badass.
And finally why not go to a concentration camp with the roommate from Venezuela/Florida who keeps telling me she's definitely going to cry or possibly puke
"I am a jelly donut" (google it)
Thursday, August 27, 2015