Welcome to Berlin
Trip Start Jul 28, 2012
5Trip End Aug 18, 2012
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So I have decided to create a little blog for the Eastern European Tour that my dad and I have embarked on this summer. I would first and foremost like to advise you all that I am not a writer nor do I try to be because quite frankly I suck and Im French so that makes it double whammy. See… don't even know if that word actually exist of if I spelt it correctly but I don’t care because it fits.
Anyways, shall we get started? I think so.
So it all started in Dieppe NB, in the driveway of the Adamczyk residence where my old man "John Adamczyk" and I or, as he would like to be called “The European Spring Chicken” along with my mom Claudette Adamczyk began our journey to the Halifax airport.
Not going to lie, the drive felt long as the excitement was building up inside us both, making me drive faster, which ended up in us arriving at the airport way too early and forcing us to wait4 hours for our flight making it feel even long, but hey that’s life I have no control haha.
After finally checking in and embarking onto the plain, the Spring Chicken and I soon realised that European planes are not designed for big people. Let’s just say that the knee caps took a pretty good beating and the 4’11 individual in front us and her absolute need to recline her chair where not helping the situation.
I will however say on a more positive note that the cheese tortellini and orange Fanta where delicious, all part of a balanced meal.
We arrived at the Frankfurt Airport at 7:05am Germany time with a total of 2 hours of sleep under our belt. After grabbing our luggage and figuring out our Euro Rail Passes, we were on the train on route for Berlin with plenty of legroom.
It was a great opportunity to take in the German countryside as well as catch a couple of zzzzz as fatigue was starting to settle in. We finally arrived to the Berlin Main Station, where we where greeted by the craziest and biggest train station I have ever seen; backpacks and world travellers everywhere, quite the site.
We then hoped into a cab and headed to the apartment that we will be staying at while in Berlin. It is quite cozy and has plenty of room for the old man and I, which could not be said for the plain. Not going to lie, lying down flat on a bed never felt so good haha.
We didn’t stay still for long. We were told by local’s and friends that there was a great flea market/ live karaoke set up at MauerPark, so we checked it out. Let’s just say that one, having an Iphone/GPS, which I did not bring to Europe and two, having proper shoes on your feet, which I also did not have were essential in this situation. We first took about and hour to find the park even though it was maybe 1km away from our place and it then proceeded to down poor which made walking in saddles with blisters brutal, but eh it makes for a story.
By time we had actually made it to the park, the karaoke had just finished, we were both about 5 pounds heavier, soaking wet, and me who was dumb enough to embark on this journey with his flip flops could no longer walk haha, great experience nonetheless.
Although the Spring Chicken and I were in Germany, the old man had a random craving for Greek food. Not a schnitzel or brothworth sausage… greek food. But hey, we had been told that there were several cultural delicacies in the area so we hit it up.
We were glad to find shelter from the rain and finally enjoy a good meal, even though the taste of cheese tortellini and Fanta were still lingering from the plain, it was that good ;).
After our meal we headed back to the apartment where we both crashed for a good two hours. The old man was in what might have been medically classified have a mildly induced coma, has it almost took a foghorn to wake him up.
After finally awaking the beast, we showered up and hit up a little local pub to enjoy a couple homebrewed German beers. We then made our way home to turn on the Olympics and find our self where we are now, me writing this blog to tell you all what happen on day one. Hope you guys liked it and sorry that there are no photos up yet. There will be some in the days to come so that you guys can all get a better idea of the trip.
Cheers and until tomorrow,
Andrew and “The European Spring Chicken”