I fell behind in my writing again. I have been stopping to smell the roses. Between chance encounters with new friends and catching up with old friends, I have spent some much needed time reflecting on this trip and my life back home in the States. Getting behind in my blog must mean I am having the time of my life!! My most heartfelt hobo apologies (aka hobologies).
So the title of this entry, "Ich bin ein Berliner," loosely translated means "I am a doughnut"...JFK used this line in a speech in Berlin trying to impart "I am a Berliner." Eddie Izzard introduced this joke in one of his stand-up shows. The joke is that there is a type of doughnut called a Berliner. He is a brilliant and intelligent comedian and a future politician in the UK! He has singlehandedly- supplied me with jokes in every country in Europe.
Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome to my blog!
The first thing that I did in Berlin, besides try and brush up on some easy German phrases, was to find my hostel. It was located near the East Side Gallery which showcases 'street art' on a piece of the old Berlin wall. The artists are from all over the world. It's pretty powerful to see this beautiful color on a piece of concrete that imprisoned so many.
So I have stayed with friends in Europe, friends of friends, couchsurfing hosts, and hostels...but in Berlin I stayed on a HOSTEL BOAT! Or in my German accent, "ZEE HAWSTEL BOOT"! It was like my very own Pirate Radio boat. I had porthole windows in my room (below), and it was the coolest thing since frozen lemon icees!
Ariel and Prince Eric in a boat were just a few of the quirky decorations. The staff was so nice, it felt like hostel camp.
This was my first sunny day in weeks! And look at that morning view from the port side. My hostel-boat-mate was an English girl who is doing work/study in Nuremberg. She was visiting Berlin for the weekend, and we decided to tour the city together!
Zee hostel boat!
Next we headed towards Checkpoint Charlie. Although the museum is under construction, they have posted the chronological history via pictures and text of post-War Europe, the Berlin wall, and the politics that it accompanied.
This is me standing where the Berlin Wall used to be near Checkpoint Charlie.
The beautiful thing about this market pictured above was the local art. Jewelry, photography, metal work, screen printing, etc. Inspiring! Out of the gallery and on the streets with the public.
Dry fountain in winter makes for opportune photo ops. If anything, it gets Amy and me off our feet for a moment or two. Also, take into account the scale of the fountain. HUGE!
Scheeee lion (Sea lion with lateral lisp)
Berlin, like many other large European cities have street parties. This is a party starting underneath the metro stop at Warschauer Strasse! Awesome DJ.
Here we are representing Rosemary, Horseradish, Basil, Chile, and I-forget mustards. Lecker! Ich liebe deutsches Essen!! Each jar is a different type of stone ground mustard!
Traditional Czech meal. I almost didn't want to chew the food for fear that I would eat too quickly and the meal would be over. I can only imagine what it was like for the other patrons at the restaurant watching this American girl sit by herself, taking bites but not chewing, while one tear slides down her face. I am why people question Americans in Europe.
The cemetery is very crowded because they did not have room to bury their dead, so gravestones were placed on top of one another.
It is a beautiful area with a dark past.
The next day I boarded a long train to Switzerland. I wish I could've had more time in Praha...but us hobos will turn into a pumpkin if we inhabit one place for too long. What a fantastic high note to close the chapter on Prague!
OK! I will catch up soon and get the updates up-to-date. I am currently in Italy having a truly amazing time with my P.I.C., brother-from-another-mother, good friend Brian Burton. Fantastic host to the stars (aka euro hobos).
I hope everyone is enjoying their spring time and planning their own adventures either near or far!
Auf Wiedersehen, meine liebe!!!