Trip Start Mar 30, 2010
82Trip End Dec 13, 2012
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So on the agenda for my second time back in Berlin, I had a small list of things and places I wanted to see while I was in town. Now the very first couchsurfer that I met was a german girl by the name of Julia. She was staying very close to Tottenham, and we met one time while in Bolton area. I remember being really impressed by her short but impressive traveling resume. She had been traveling all around Iceland for several months, which to me sounded amazing, a true kind of adventure. I mean Iceland isn't a usual travel destination
Julia had gotten somethings for me to try that were very german. One of them, was something I quite can't remember the name of. It was basically fat that is let over from when you cook bacon, cold, with junks of bacon in it
My other Berliner friend Anne had invited me back to stay with her if I was ever back in town, which was very sweet of her. She was nice enough to again lend me her apartment, while she was at work and school. Her apartment was this really cool old school flat on the east side of the city. She had some other friends stopping by since we were getting really close to Christmas time. Her friend Kristoph was coming back to Berlin with his girl friend Maleen for the holidays, and we had a night of going to the silent disco, just like the one I visited in Rio
I remember the days being extremely cold with some of the worst snow Germany has had in years. One day touring around the city visiting numerous christmas markets and taking pics of some of the local grafiti, my camera reached its limits. I arrived at the first ever world time clock which is located in Berlin, and started clicking away, when I started noticing that all my pictures were coming out pink. At first I thought it was maybe a setting I had changed, but after checking nothing seemed to change it. The LAST thing in the world I wanted was my camera to die on me, because this was my big DSLR. I turned it off and went back to the flat with it tucked under my jacket hoping to fix it. After letting it warm up for a few hours slowly, everything was good. I was very relieved, and kinda liked my weird pink pictures of the world clock and Berlin tower
The snow was getting to be a problem all over the city, so much piling up everywhere making it hard to walk. It reminded me a lot of Canadian winters. Apart of me loved the sound of the snow under my feet as I walked. These were the days before Christmas, and most people are going home, or in town visiting family. One would think that this time of year would be hardest mentally, being away from family and friends. This is very true. I missed just being able to see everyone and the tradition that went along with Christmas. Although my mom made me feel as close to home as if I was there with my daily advent calendar emails, filled with stories and pictures of christmas pasts. They were a great read everytime, Thanks Mom. Love and miss you and Dad, Mel and Arran. That goes to all cousins, aunts and uncles too! Bacheegs for everyone. Apart of me also felt like doing something completely different. With the advent of Internet, Skype, and emails, it made it much easier. I was going to be traveling around during those days.....That part comes later on.
My last couple days in the Big B, Anne`s friend Julia and Carlos came also to make their Christmas procession back to the north. They had just come from Canary Islands and Julia in Sevilla. It was cool to go out wondering the markets drinking gluhwein with them by the world time clock. On the night of them leaving, we went and walked a fair grounds that was attached to the Alexanderplatz if I remember correct. And with a few glasses of gluhwein and rum in me, I decided to take on one of those sldegehammer and bell games. Looked easy enough, because the trick is to make sure you direct the sledge perfectly straight down with no sideways motion
Now almost a repeat of my last trip in Berlin, I left to go back to Amsterdam. But this was not to just get my party on. This was to start a 5 day christmas tour of Belgium with a old travel friend, Ceyda. Even though this is super late, I hope every friend and family all around the globe had an amazing Christmas. Thank you Berlin, for yet another memorable time, and to all those that helped me make it such a good time. Cheers...Matt out.