*** Dan's World! ***
The story of an Englishman in Berlin… and other places.

Aug
29
I’ve now been living in Berlin for over two years and I can now reveal that for about the same amount of time, I have been digging a rather large tunnel in the direction of Great Britain. In the next few days I shall be making my final journey through this tunnel in the hope that I will emerge somewhere in the United Kingdom.
 
This will of course mean farewell to Berlin. It will not, however, be a farewell to *** Dan’s World! ***. Throughout my two years here, I have obtained a wealth of knowledge which I will definitely be using to expand ‘The Berlin Guide’ section of the site even after my great escape! It is my hope that this site will continue to inform the world of the story of an Englishman in Berlin.
 
Well, it’s almost time for me to dispose of the last few bags of soil in the garden so I must go. Bis bald and see you on the other side!
 
Jul
27
Imagine you’ve just finished a box of chocolates. What do you do next? Well, if you don’t automatically reach for your second box, you’ll probably want to throw away the packaging. Sounds simple? Normally it might be but in Germany, you’ll find that you’ll spend at least the next thirty minutes deciding where exactly you should throw away your chocolate box remnants. You see, the problem is that you can’t just throw whatever remains into the bin. If only it were that simple! No, instead you must separate the different parts of your chocolate box & wrappings.
 
In every German household, at least six bins are required. A paper bin, a plastic bin, a biological bin, a battery bin, a glass bin and a deposit bin. This means that it is not possible to have a main bin in the kitchen and several additional bins around the house as in many British homes. Unless you wish to have at least six bins in every room, you’ll have to go to the kitchen every time you need to throw something away. "Oh dear", you might be thinking, "walking all that way to the kitchen to throw something away!". It is true that in the majority of houses, this may only be a mild inconvenience although it does make you wonder what one does in a house the size of Buckingham Palace!
 
Let’s get back to our box of chocolates and what exactly we should do with it. The plastic bits are easy as they should be thrown in the ‘plastic’ bin. This means both the plastic wrapping and also the plastic tray which so nicely arranges our chocolates. If you’re lucky enough to have two layers of chocolates then that neat little plastic divider should also join the rest of its plastic companions in the plastic bin – three layers and you’re just greedy! So we’ve conquered our first bin. Or have we? Plastic goes in the plastic bin, right? Well no. Apparently in Germany, plastic also seems to include metal. So you must put any foil, tins and cans into the plastic bin too. But plastic bottles? No, you should save those for another bin.
 
By this time I’m sure you’re wondering whether it was really worth buying the chocolates in the first place as you still have over half of the packaging to dispose of. The next bit is easy though. Honest. You’re probably now left with the cardboard chocolate box itself and possibly that little piece of paper that tells you (in German) what awaits you in the centre of each of those delicious bite size chunks of chocolaty goodness. These items belong in the paper bin. Other items that belong here include newspapers, magazines and cardboard containers. However, strictly no tissues are allowed to enter this bin!
 
At this point, unless you misunderstood the German word ‘Kaffee’ to mean anything other than ‘coffee’, then in all likelihood you probably have one or two coffee chocolates left which nobody ever eats. These outcasts of the chocolate community should be disposed of in the most treacherous of all the bins: the biological bin. Other victims to be sent here include plants, animals (usually the deceased kitchen variety), teabags, fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, any sort of food leftovers and anything that’s past its ‘best before’ date. If after returning home following a trip of some sort, you discover some new form of life growing inside some plastic packaging that used to hold bread, it is reasonable to think that you’d throw the lot into the bin. Not so in Germany. Here, where rubbish must be separated and with only two hands, you’ll have to hold your nose, find an implement to dig out the new form of life (which will have attached itself firmly to the packaging), open the bin, evict the life form from its home and unite it with its friends in the biological bin. Finally, you’ll throw the plastic packaging into the plastic bin and then very quickly open the window!
 
Now that you’ve spent half the day disposing of your chocolate box, you’ll probably want to relax in front of the TV with a glass of wine. Oh but what’s this? The batteries in your remote control have run out. No problem, you have some new ones but what should you do with the old batteries? The battery bin of course. Yes, in Germany all batteries must be kept separate from all other rubbish and once your battery bin is full you can’t simply throw it into a battery wheelie-bin as there is no such thing. Instead you are responsible for taking used batteries to a supermarket. Yes, I did say supermarket.
 
 
So when you’ve returned from the supermarket (which is an adventure in itself – See Chapter Seven), you’ll finally be able to spend the remaining minutes of the day watching TV with your glass of wine. And your glass of wine will very quickly turn into four or five glasses which are entirely necessary after a ‘rubbish’ day. Following your sixth glass, you’ll discover that a seventh is impossible due to the absence of wine in the bottle so before going to bed, you’ll throw the bottle away. Where? In the glass bin. To be accurate, you really need about three glass bins. One for ‘Braunglas’ (brown glass), one for ‘Grünglas’ (green glass) and one for ‘Weissglas’ (white glass). Now I would say that the brown glass bin is for brown glass (perhaps some beer bottles), the green glass bin is for green glass (perhaps some red wine bottles) and the white glass bin is for white glass (perhaps Malibu bottles). But what if your wine bottle is none of these colours? What if it’s clear, for instance? Well it seems the Germans think that transparent is the same as white. I’m sure they must have some trouble seeing through their spectacles. And windows for that matter.
 
If, on the other hand, your choice of evening drink is not wine but beer, you might think that your brown beer bottle would go into the brown glass bin. Think again. The correct place would be the deposit bin as most beer bottles in Germany have a ‘Pfand’. This ‘Pfand’ is a small deposit of maybe around 8 cents which you pay when you buy the beer. Many plastic bottles also belong in this bin. After your deposit bin is full then you’ll have to go to all the trouble of taking the bottles back to the place you bought them from if you want your deposits back.
 

As it’s now too late to return your bottles to the shops, you’ll decide to leave the remaining recycling duties until the next day. It is a particularly good idea to save disposing of glass until the daytime as the noise created when doing so during the night-time hours would, without doubt, anger your neighbours. This, I believe, should be part of the ‘code of conduct’ for recycling. Instead, the ‘code of conduct’, which should be adhered to by all residing in Germany, includes rules such as:

  • You must not place items of rubbish inside others (eg. yoghurt pots inside tins)
  • You must separate all materials (eg. staples from paper or cello-tape from boxes)
  • You must wash all containers before throwing them away (eg. jars, tins & cans)
  • You must flatten all boxes and cartons
We’ve discovered that in Germany, every item of rubbish has its place. So what about the more unusual items like broken electrical equipment, old furniture or Christmas trees? Where do these go? Well it’s perfectly acceptable to leave these items on the streets where many second hand dealers then take them away for you. Furthermore and perhaps amusingly, in early January it’s not unusual to see Christmas trees falling onto the streets from Berlin windows!
 
All of this to save the environment might seem a little extreme to some. Saving the environment is, of course, an extremely important and worthwhile objective although it can’t help but appear a little odd for all of these recycling measures to be put in place by a country which is one of the worlds leading car manufacturers. Despite this, we should remember that all the effort we make now to recycle will also give the future residents of the planet the opportunity to spend an entire day throwing away the remains of their favourite snack containers. Chocolate anyone?

Jul
06
All of the chapters of ‘The Berlin Guide’ thus far have contained my impressions and observations of life in Germany. For this chapter, however, I have decided to allow others to make their thoughts known. Here, in reverse order, is a top ten list of quotes about anything and everything connected with Germans and Germany.
 
Number 10: The first quotes at number ten are from P.J. O’Rourke‘s ‘Holidays in Hell’:
    • "You can always reason with a German. You can always reason with a barnyard animal, too, for all the good it does."
    • "Germans respond well to lies. At least, they always have historically."
Number 9: From Jerome K. Jerome‘s book, ‘Three Men in a Boat’:
    • "I don’t understand German myself. I learned it at school, but forgot every word of it two years after I had left, and have felt much better ever since."
Number 8: The wise words of English Comedian, Willy Rushton:
    • "German is the most extravagantly ugly language – it sounds like someone using a sick bag on a 747."
Number 7: These words were spoken by Frederick The Great but are perhaps more appropriate for today when considering the sounds that regularly escape from radios all over Germany:
    • "A German singer! I should as soon expect to get pleasure from the neighing of my horse."
Number 6: A quote from the German born Physicist, Albert Einstein, who developed the theory of relativity:
    • "If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew."
Number 5: From ‘Dave Barry‘s Only Travel Guide you’ll Ever Need’:
    • "Eating in Germany is easy, because there is basically only one kind of food, called the ‘wurst’."
Number 4: A selection of quotes from Mark Twain:
    • "I don’t believe there is anything in the whole earth that you can’t learn in Berlin except the German language."
    • "Some German words are so long that they have a perspective. Observe these examples:
              Freundschaftsbezeigungen.
              Dilettantenaufdringlichkeiten.
              Stadtverordnetenversammlungen.
      These things are not words, they are alphabetical processions.
              Generalstaatsverordnetenversammlungen.
              Alterthumswissenschaften.
              Kinderbewahrungsanstalten.
              Unabhaengigkeitserklaerungen.
              Wiedererstellungbestrebungen.
              Waffenstillstandsunterhandlungen."
    • "Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth."
    • "Never knew before what eternity was made for. It is to give some of us a chance to learn German."
    • "The Germans are exceedingly fond of Rhine wines; they are put up in tall, slender bottles, and are considered a pleasant beverage. One tells them from vinegar by the label."
Number 3: A quote from the classic TV show Fawlty Towers which was spoken by John Cleese as Basil Fawlty:
    • "Oh, you’re German! I’m sorry, I thought there was something wrong with you."
Number 2: Possibly the most famous words spoken in Berlin by John F. Kennedy which have often been misinterpreted as ‘I am a jam-filled doughnut!’:
    • "All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’"
Number 1: There are two quotes at number one from the TV presenter, James May:
    • "’The centre for aluminium competence’. I’m not making that up. That is what it’s called. They’re Germans."
    • "There’s no known cure for being a bit German."
Jun
18
After living here for this long, you would’ve expected me to have seen all the sights. Although I have seen most of them, there was one sight I had yet to see close up – until Saturday. As the weather has been quite nice in Berlin recently and as I had nothing better to do, I decided it was time for me to visit the Siegessäule (Victory Column).
 
I know what you’re thinking – a Victory Column in Germany? What does Germany have to be victorious about? Well, as unlikely as it seems, Germany did actually win something. In fact, they won three somethings! Although to be accurate, it wasn’t really Germany who won these wars but Prussia which existed before the Germany we know today. Prussia defeated Denmark, Austria and France and bronze reliefs of these three wars decorate the bottom of the column.
 
This monument is located right in the middle of Berlin and has given me something to look at on the bus journey to work for some time. However, simply seeing a tower from a bus wasn’t really enough for me. I had to climb it! So, peering out of the window of the bus at the golden statue on top of the large column, I pressed the stop button and exited the bus at the Großer Stern. The Großer Stern (Big Star) is a large roundabout where several streets meet in a similar fashion to those of l’Etoile (also meaning The Star) in Paris. The difference is, of course, that instead of the Arc de Triomphe occupying the centre of the roundabout, we have the Siegessäule.
 
The Großer Stern is not actually the Victory Column’s original location as it used to be situated outside the Reichstag but was moved to its current setting and raised a few meters by the Nazis as part of Hitler’s plans of an East-West Axis. Albert Speer also built tunnels underneath the roundabout in order to grant pedestrians access to the Victory Column. On Saturday, I became one of these pedestrians as I vanished into one of the tunnels and then reappeared in the centre of the roundabout at the foot of the column. I proceeded to climb the 285 steps and emerged just beneath the golden statue of Victoria where I could then see one of the best views in the city. From the top, you can see Berlin in all directions and unlike the view from the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) where the view consists of many communist concrete cubes, looking out from the Siegessäule you will see large amounts of green in every direction which is known as the Tiergarten, a large park in the centre of Berlin. Beyond the park there are also views of many major sights including the Brandenburg Gate, the Fernsehturm and the Reichstag.
 
So if you’re visiting Berlin and want to see all the sights in one go with the added bonus of a pinch of history and some fantastic views then look no further than the Siegessäule.
 
Photos of my Saturday Sightseeing are in Photos section.
May
25

It occurred to me the other day that I had managed to go some time without mentioning one of my favourite German traditions – Kaffee und Kuchen.

The first thing you should know is that the Germans really like cake. They like it so much that it is quite common for the Germans to make cakes on their very own birthdays and give it to their friends and family rather than to receive a cake from their loved ones complete with candles etc. as we might be used to. This ritual is not only limited to one day per year. The German love of cakes extends to all 365 days in the form of ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’.

‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ (‘coffee and cake’) takes place at around 3-4pm and is perhaps similar to our ‘afternoon tea & biscuits’. In German families, it is essential that a self-made cake is always at the ready for the possibility of visitors. In big families, a collection of cakes are brought together for all of the family to nibble at. Among busy friends, it is far more likely to take a trip to the local bakery which will always have an interesting variety of traditional cakes. The options will in all likelihood include:

  • Käsekuchen (cheesecake)
  • A selection of sponge cakes with fruits
  • Austrian Sachertorte (chocolate cake)
  • Frankfurter Kranz (Frankfurt Crown Cake – see below)
  • Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (the famous Black Forest Gateau – see below)

To me, there is only one thing wrong with the tradition of ‘coffee and cake’. The coffee part. Not being a coffee drinker, I am tempted to combine ‘afternoon tea & biscuits’ with ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ creating the wonderful new idea of ‘Tee und Kuchen’. However, as the Germans are really not what I would call gifted when it comes to making tea, I almost always end up with simply ‘Kuchen’.

So, a tip for any coffee drinkers visiting Germany is definitely to try Kaffee und Kuchen on your first afternoon here. I can almost guarantee you’ll be back to sample more of the fabulous German cakes the very next day. I, on the other hand, will remain content with my personal adapted German tradition of ‘Kuchen’. Yum!

  

Apr
29
Although visitors to Germany can breathe a sigh of relief, those who wish to live and work in this country will at some point have to get themselves a bank account. This in itself is not a problem. So long as you can confirm that money will very soon go into your new account, any German bank will be more than willing to let you give them all your money.
When you begin to fill out all of the many forms that will enable you to hand over your hard earned cash to the bank of your choice, you may be surprised when they ask you to agree to pay a monthly fee for the privilege of them taking care of your money. Although you may now be in a mild state of shock, at this point it is advisable to make a Dunkirk-like strategic retreat from the German occupied bank. You needn’t fear as there is still a chance that you will be able to find a bank in Germany which won’t rip you off – too much. D-day will come in the form of an offensive from a different direction – a different bank. After doing some research, it seemed to me that only one particular German bank would provide an account without charging a fee to look after a person’s money and it is known as Postbank. But perhaps predictably, there is a catch. To be eligible for this seemingly special and unusual idea of a ‘free account’ you must either be a student or under 26. Oh yes, and if you’re rich enough to be able to afford to pay account fees then you don’t actually have to pay them anyway as you are also eligible for the ‘free account’. Before I continue, I should point out that there are differences with the various accounts offered by the German banks but in comparison to those of the UK, these differences are very few.
So you’ve now chosen which German bank you wish to trust your money with and you’ve probably walked out of there after signing the papers feeling like you’ve just sold your soul. This will undoubtedly be because you’ve realised that for current accounts (or checking accounts for you Americans) it is not common to be paid any interest. Furthermore, unless you’ve opted out of receiving your bank statements by post, you will soon find out that you are charged a fee every time your bank sends you one. Even if you choose to view your statements using internet banking and you forget to check online, the bank will almost certainly send you a statement in the mail for which you will be charged. The fun doesn’t stop there as at some banks you may even be charged for making simple transfers. It is also common to be charged ridiculous amounts for using a cash machine which doesn’t belong to your bank and as some banks have very few cash machines in the first place, this can be difficult to avoid. In addition, it is quite rare to be informed of the specific amount that you are charged for using a cash machine until after your withdrawal.
Surprisingly, most German banks will happily carry out most of the standard tasks we expect of banks without complaint. However, if you request anything that even slightly upsets their daily routines then you’ll regret you asked. Take, for example, the simple request to buy foreign currency with or without commission and of any variety other than the Euro. Asking this question will result in a short and equally simple ‘Nein’. As Postbank also doubles up as the German Post Office, I assumed, being from a country where both of these locations are accepted as destinations for those seeking foreign currency, that I would easily be able to obtain my travel money at Postbank. ‘Nein’ was all I heard in response. Even if you’re looking for the more widely sought after British pound or American dollar, the answer will still be ‘Nein’. I have no idea where the Germans get their travel money but I ended up going back to the UK to get some before my Asia trip.
Asking for currency is sadly not the only time you will be exposed to the phenomenon that is German customer care – or to be more accurate, the lack of it. In most places, although particularly in banks and post offices, I am sure they have never heard the expression ‘the customer is always right’. In fact, not only is the customer always wrong but they’re not even supposed to be asking in the first place as this is simply wasting the time of the assistant.
So in summary then: my advice to all those living in Germany and requiring a bank account is that becoming extremely rich will help you avoid most of the problems but that not being an option, if at all possible look into offshore banking! Is it still called ‘offshore’ banking if most of the borders of a country don’t actually have shores?… hmmm…. Anyway, if those two ideas don’t seem feasible to you then good luck!
Apr
05
I’ve recently returned to Berlin from a truly epic journey! It was planned in great detail back at Christmastime with my friend and fellow traveller, Matt. The plan was to travel through five countries in one month and to our surprise, it worked! The route we took (beginning in Bangkok) is marked on the image below:
This route took us through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and finally back to Thailand. Of course, if I were to recount the entire trip to you, I would have to take another month off work to write it. So I have therefore made the following short summary leaving out a considerable amount but making it manageable to read!

On our trip we:

  • Visited the bridge on the river Kwai
  • Went to millions of temples
  • Went bungee jumping
  • Rode elephants and saw an elephant show
  • Saw the enormous temple complex at Angkor Wat
  • Visited many museums about everything from the nations and their histories to land mines and wars
  • Saw the dead body of Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi
  • Went up the famous Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
  • Stayed in the famous Raffles hotel in Singapore
  • Had a ‘Singapore Sling’ cocktail in the city of its origin 
  • Travelled to the beautiful Sentosa Island just south of Singapore city
  • Went parasailing
  • Relaxed on a Phuket beach at the end of our Asia tour
And here are some numbers – Throughout our trip we:
 
  • Went to 5 countries
  • Stayed in 9 guest houses, 5 trains, 1 hostel and 1 airport
  • Travelled using 17 different modes of transport
  • Used 6 different currencies
  • Met people from at least 22 different nationalities (probably more)
  • Went up at least 7 towers/tall buildings
  • Saw innumerable temples with countless Buddhas
Well I hope that gives you an idea of why this journey was indeed of ‘epic’ proportions! And in case you were wondering – we aren’t actually millionaires yet so no, we didn’t really stay at the Raffles hotel but we did visit it and we fully intend on returning as guests… some day.
 
If you wish to see some of the sites from our Asia trip, I will be adding a new photo gallery to the ‘Photos’ section just as soon as I have gone through the 5.8 gigabytes of pictures we brought back and selected a few of them to show you! So that’ll be next year then… but until then, here are a couple to keep you going! They are from my favourite two cities on the trip: Kuala Lumpur and Singapore!
 
 
 
Mar
17
If you’ve been wondering why there have been no new entries recently, it is because I’m not actually in Berlin. For the past few weeks I’ve been travelling around South-East Asia with my good friend Matt and I am now writing this entry from a free internet station in Singapore Airport while waiting for a flight to our next destination.
 
It’s been a great trip so far and sadly there are only a few days left before I’ll be returning to Berlin. Of course, as soon as I arrive back in Berlin I shall be updating this site with more info on my Asian Adventure! Right then, my flight is waiting for me so I best be going…
Feb
03
 
National Transport
 
If there’s one thing the Germans can be proud of, it is the punctuality of their trains. Compared with the numerous delays, cancellations and replacement bus services we’re used to in the UK, the German ‘Deutsche Bahn’ seems impeccable. This is true to some extent although I should point out that even the German rail company is by no means perfect. Having lived here for a good while now, I have experienced the ‘Bahn’ a number of times and on more than half of these occasions, I have experienced delays of about 10 minutes to up to two hours. This, however, is very little in comparison with our UK counterparts and on the whole, the delays in Germany are just a mild inconvenience.
 
Having said this, the German railway has come at a price. To begin with, the actual cost of train tickets are quite high but the real price I was referring to is their involvement during World War II. The ‘Deutsche Reichsbahn’, as it was then known, played an essential role in the extermination of Jews during the war. The Reichsbahn acted virtually independently which means that they were paid by the SS for each passenger they transported and this, as far as the rail company were concerned, was a great business opportunity. Seeing the money they could make, they even created a special group fare of half price if over 400 people were transported in one train.
 
 
  
Surprisingly, even though many years have passed since this involvement, it was only last week that Deutsche Bahn seems to have admitted responsibility for their part in the Holocaust. This was in the form of a small exhibition called ‘Special Trains to Death’ which is currently located in Potsdamer Platz railway station here in Berlin. According to a BBC News article, the exhibition consists of "documents and letters which testify to the cruel efficiency with which the Nazis transported people to their death and the cold bureaucracy of Nazi officials".
 
Berlin City Transport
 
So we’ve now looked at Germany’s national transport but what about the transport Berlin has to offer. Well, for getting around in Berlin you have a myriad of choices. You have:
  • The ‘Intercity Railway’ (run of course by Deutsche Bahn)
  • The ‘Tram’ system
  • The ‘Metro-Tram’ system (there doesn’t seem to be any apparent difference between these last two)
  • The ‘Buses’
  • The ‘Metro-Buses’ (can’t see any difference here either)
  • The ‘S-Bahn’ (suburban fast trains)
  • The ‘U-Bahn’ (underground)
Like many other European capital cities, tickets can be bought in Berlin to cover any form of public transport within the limits of the city. However, unlike many other European capital cities, you don’t actually require your ticket to get onto your method of transport. In fact, about 90% of the time, as soon as you have paid your money and received your ticket, you will probably never see or touch it again until you throw it away. This is due to the fact that when you wish to get onto the Berlin transport, there are no machines which eat your ticket, open a barrier and then spit out your ticket. There are actually no barriers whatsoever in the Berlin transport system. Being Germans, they came up with a very efficient and cunning solution – they employ ticket inspectors. But these are no normal ticket inspectors. These ticket inspectors have no uniform and could pass as ordinary members of the German public. It might sound like something from the old GDR Stasi days – I wouldn’t be surprised if it was but nevertheless, these sneaky undercover ticket inspectors are always in disguise and randomly check any and all types of unsuspecting passengers for their tickets. And if you’re thinking of jumping out of the carriage before they get to you, you can’t. They always wait until the doors are closed before revealing themselves by pouncing on you while shouting the word ‘Fahrschein’! So what happens if you should find yourself pounced on with no ticket to show in your defence? No excuses, no exceptions, even if you are on your way to the hospital the rules must be obeyed and you will be charged a €40 fine.
 
Well you may have survived the ‘fiasco of the Fahrscheins’ but now you need to navigate yourself across Berlin. This can be a little confusing to even the most experienced of travellers. To begin with, there are three different transport maps. A map of the S-Bahn and U-Bahn, another of the trams and a final rather puzzling ’24-hour’ map. The next step would be to decipher the apparent codes of numbers and letters on these maps. You see, whereas we named our London Underground lines with likeable, logical and memorable names such as ‘The Circle Line‘, ‘The Piccadilly Line‘ and ‘The Jubilee Line‘, the Germans with their efficiency thought that names were not very useful so they invented a system using a combination of letters and numbers. This then means ‘The Circle Line‘ in Berlin is called ‘The S41‘ which goes clockwise or ‘The S42‘ which goes anti-clockwise. The equivalent of ‘The Northern Line‘ becomes perhaps a combination of ‘The S2‘ and ‘The S25‘ or maybe ‘The U6‘ and ‘The Bakerloo Line‘ would simply become ‘The U9‘. Now isn’t all that imaginative?!
 
So maybe the Germans aren’t the best at naming things but just as the case is with the national German trains, the city transport is also remarkably punctual. Except for at the moment. This is because at the time of writing this entry, all of the Berlin city U-Bahns, trams and buses are on strike. They have been on strike since Thursday evening which has made it impossible for me to go any further than walking distance from my flat since then. I will therefore wait until they begin running again at which point I will need to get on the Intercity Metro-Bus-Bahn and take the U52 then the S-twenty something… no, the U25 then the 94S… no, the S25 then…
Jan
30

You might remember my previous entry, ‘Berlin Sightseeing‘, in which I explained that over a couple of weeks in April I had some guests staying who naturally wished to do some sightseeing while they were here. Well, in August I had another guest come to stay who had similar intentions which I am glad to say, got me out of the flat to see some more of the city in which I am living.

Yet again, we trekked all over Berlin seeing some of the sights I have previously shown in the ‘Berlin Sightseeing’ Part 1 and Part 2 photo albums but we also saw a completely different side of Berlin which included a bar with holes in the walls instead of doors, sinks instead of urinals (see Chapter Ten of The Berlin Guide) and rather unusually, a labyrinth! For another virtual tour of Berlin, please feel free to take a look at the ‘Berlin Sightseeing – Part 3‘ album in the Photos section of this site. Viel Spaß!

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