Eating and Sleeping in Berlin

Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
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Trip End May 09, 2008


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Saturday, October 20, 2007

We arrived in Berlin on Wednesday afternoon. Frank's parents picked us up from the airport, and we headed back to their home in Lichtenrade, on the south side of Berlin.  The last few days we've mainly been eating and catching up with sleep, getting up around  10-11am every day... Doing a little bit of sightseeing and shopping at the Kaufhof Galleria, Alexa, Hackescher Haefe and Ka De We...  More pics are in the gallery

Since Frank is from Berlin, will just list some of Shari's pros and cons so far of what little she has seen of Berlin.

Pros:
- Cool artsy neighborhoods,
- Interesting architecture,
- Lots of good eats  (bakeries are awesome, as well as good Currywurst and Spaetzle, and Doener Kebab),
- Having home cooked food :) - our breakfasts have consisted of an assortment of breads, meats, cheeses, jams,  streussel cake, chocolate cake, cheese cake.  Need to enjoy this now before we begin hostel life in the next country,
- Awesome public transportation and
- Bike lanes through most of downtown Berlin, including cute little traffic lights for bicyclists.

Cons:
- Little cold right now (8 degrees C! OK, OK, I'm from Hawaii, give me a break) and
- Lots of dog poo along the sidewalk.  Very surprising but true!

Sat 10/20: We caught the subway to the Kreuzberg neighborhood to walk around and meet Frank's friend Ilka at a cafe.  Ilka is a landscaper, and had some interesting German Tree Cutting Facts:
- Oct-Feb, you can cut anything, hedges, trees, etc. But Mar-Sept you need a license to cut anything, and in addition you need to make sure there are no bird's nests in them before cutting them down!
- In general you need a license to cut a tree that is over 18cm around 1.3m above ground.
- But somehow fruit trees are excempt from the above rule.  Except for walnut and Turkish Hazlenut.
- The government has all the big trees documented on a map. Wonder if this is online?

We thought after these tree-hugging facts that we should rename this entry "No homeless birds in Berlin".  Guess those Germans a serious about trees...
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glendab
glendab on

homeless birds?
Hi, guys!
Sounds like an easy start to the trip--having homecooked meals and all that. And here I thought Seattle and Berkeley had the market on tree-huggers. Guess I was wrong.

mctrax
mctrax on

Watch out for the land mines
It's true...Berlin is totally swimming in dog pooh...especially the eastern neighborhoods like Prenzlauerberg & Mitte. It's still my favorite city in the world though, so enjoy! And if you want to see where I lived for a few months in 1994 (doesn't that sound SO EXCITING?!), head over to the corner of Wilhelmstrasse & An Der Kolonnade, across the street from the Mohrenstrasse U-Bahn station. The building was erected over the site of Hitler's bunker right after the wall fell. I never saw him, though. ; )

Have a great time!
Lisa T.

_midi_
_midi_ on

mmmm currywurst! spaetzel! sehr gut!
You remembered food pictures! :) I am drooling, I had instant soup for lunch.

Keiichi says hi and to be wary of dogs and their poo. They are just terrible.

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