Ich bin ein Berliner

Trip Start Feb 14, 2006
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Trip End Dec 15, 2006


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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Time to return to Germany

Louise and I probably enjoyed our time in Germany more so than any other time we have had thus far on the trip (in Europe at least). This is mostly due to some incredible friends we made during our trip in South America who invited us to stay with them whilst we were in Germany. We even had to skip visting some other friends just because time was so tight (sorry to Markus if you are reading).

Anyway. We left Prague after the great concert and took a speedy train into the heart of German history, Berlin. We stayed in Berlin with Rudy and Tilly - a pair of really nice and incredibly hospitable German medical students we met in Mexico. They are the sort of people one would normally be very jealous of and hence not like (attractive, fluent in multiple languages, incredibly athletic, great relationship...) but were so nice that you just got on with them. Rudi took Louise and I around all the highlights of Berlin in an incredibly action packed couple of days. We saw the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, remnants of the Berlin Wall, the Death-Zone, the Jewish museum... lots. We also got to eat out in restaurants with them and Berlin, in my limited experience, is the only that has come close to Melbourne in regards to a great foodie destination.

2 days later we were off again, this time to Hamburg, to stay with yet another charming German couple who had decided to put us up. Stefan and Sarah could basically be described just like Rudi and Tilly so I won't go into it all over again. We spent 2 days doing an intense tour of Hamburg (often compared to Venice due to the amazing canal system) and had some great dinners. The real highlight was that Stefan had won, along with only 8 other people in Germany, a new NINTENDO WII to own about a month before it arrives in the stores. It arrived the second day that we stayed with them and Stefan and I were like two 8 year old children at Christmas - making all the approprate ohh and ahhh noises at the box and packaging. Anyway, the Wii was absolutely fantastic and I want one. I even managed to have a 1 on 1 boxing fight with Louise on it - I am ashamed to say she soundly kicked my arse. Later on that day Louise and I went to Amsterdam and saw our first (and most definitely only) live-sex show. I will tell you about it all next time I write but I am pretty sure that today ranks as one of the best in my life.

Hope everyone is well

Cheers

James
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angeladouglas
angeladouglas on

West of the Wall
Sounds fabulous....my idea of a holiday. When you're not sightseeing, you're eating. Have you gone anywhere near Eisenach...Schmalkalden? Spoke to Frau Tarran the other day (trying to find a certain house guest we have a billet) and she tells me that the East/West mental divide is closing; that the East is rapidly becoming more affluent and at ease with captalism. Any remaining resentment comes usually from the bureaucracy in East Germany and they were never very entrepreneurial anyway, and some sections of West Germans who are still financially underwriting their eastern neighbours.Do you still see Russsian Zils in the East?

Check Point Charlie...where would Frederick Forsyth be without that?

Look forward to your next installement. PS Love the bye-lines. You have a latent career in advertising.

MUM

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