Trip Start Apr 26, 2010
169Trip End Dec 02, 2010
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We went and had a look around the grounds of the palace there which was quite impressive. It was very different from the other palaces we had seen as the buildings and walls completely surrounded the courtyard, but you could also walk all around the top of the walls too. It was like we were peering into someones house, quite funny. We head a quick peek into one of the churches too which was completely white inside, which was also quite different. But that was about all there was to see. We found a bakery and grabbed some nibbles which were good too. I find the German bakeries really good.
The bus ride wasn't overly exciting this afternoon except for the massive lolly scramble which was hilarious, I wish I got it on video. I think there was quite a bit of money left over in the kitty so they bought Pringles, chupa chups, chocolate and lollies – far too much sugar for anyone, but anyway – they started doing a quiz and giving them out to those who got it right, but that got a bit boring so Bessie just chucked it all at us, so funny. People went nuts, it was so funny. People in the aisles got nailed by everything – and the lollipops really hurt. But that was the bus ride....
We got to Berlin and had a driving tour and we stopped off at the East Side Gallery for a photo stop. It was pretty funny because we saw the exact same strip as I did last year. We drove around everything I had seen last year too, so I think I did a good job of tour guiding myself. I was quite excited about being there again, since it was almost exactly the same time as I was there last time too.
We arrived at the hostel about 5pm, which must have been the earliest we have arrived anywhere and it was absolutely amazing. I could tell by the quality of the downstairs toilets that it was going to be good. We shared a room with Andrew and Rose and it was just the four of us and we even had an ensuite bathroom, it was brilliant. And it was just the little things like a powerpoint and light beside every bed, extra powerpoints in the room, a mirror and even a swinging air conditioning fan. After some of the crappy hotels we stayed in, we weren't so sure about the hostel, but I have to say it was the best place we have ever stayed. There was wireless access in the lobby, a bar upstairs and a cheap washer and dryer. Yay! It's good when things work out!
We had dinner at the hostel which was soup and goulash. I couldn’t taste anything because of my cold, but the soup seemed pretty good – I just tasted salt – but I think it was cream of broccoli. Goulash was nice and the meat was really tender too – so I was a pretty happy sick camper.