Friday, March 08, 2002

Tegel? My, fancy.

The in-flight movie was the edited Zoolander. I didn’t get as much sleep as I had wanted to, so I have to hope I won’t get robbed when I pass out in the terminal. The pair took a nap, but they are going strong again. We arrived in London at 06:30 local time. My flight out is so late that I don’t even know what terminal it’s in. It’s about 7 am and my journal is already falling apart. Breakfast at the Est Est Est Café, overlooking a sunny taxiway. “Traditional” breakfast—eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes…delicious. Drifted in and out of consciousness until I boarded my Berlin bound flight at 10:40.

Berlin, Germany
Arrived at Berlin-Tegel at 13:40, nothing eventful. I repacked my carry-on so every important paper is in my jacket. I hopped on the bus from TXL and went straight to Unter den Linden (€3.10) at 14:15. I consulted my book but it was raining, so my ‘direct route’ to the hostel took me through the areas north of center, east of center, Museum Island, and finally, Kreuzburg, basically Former East Berlin.


A Soviet memorial to Nazi victims in Berlin, on the site of the old Jewish Cemetery



Marx (seated) & Engels looking at the Fernsehturm
Got a bratwurst w/ mustard near Alexanderplatz. Oh so good. It was raining off and on all day, so I got to use my backpack rain cover for the first time. Checked into the hostel, Baxpax, a decent place. Rested a bit, then hoofed it down to Templehof, where it began to pour. Hopped on the U-Bahn to Checkpoint Charlie and on to Potsdamerplatz to Brandenburg Gate, which is under construction.





From the Reichstag to a U-bahn station, I picked up a new journal so I wouldn’t lose any pages. I think I fought off sleep until 01:00 copying over my journal

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