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Who'd have thought zero degrees was cold? Or that I'd nearly have to wear my entire suitcase to keep warm? I guess I could have asked beforehand, but hey, it turns out they, you know, sell clothes over here that'll help you keep warm.

Berlin's a damn interesting place to walk around, with history weighting nearly every building, monument, and street. But with so much looking around to be done, it pays to be careful where you're walking, as there's a lot of dog crap around!

Nevertheless, my good German buddy Volker and I have subway and trammed it up in Berlin, and been to the Reichstag (House of Parliment), a few sites along the Berlin Wall, and a whole heap of shopping centres. Not least to buy me a jacket that will actually keep me warm :)

I'm staying with one of Volker's friends Simon, who has a trendy little apartment in East Berlin - all wooden floorboards and cramped little rooms, but homely and a hell of a lot better than a hostel, I'd imagine! I'm sure I'll be able to find the truth in that soon enough. They'd just had a party the night before I turned up, so I helped clean up and cart the bottles down to one of the general stores - which pretty much paid for the rest of the day! Why, you ask? Well, turns out they pay up 15 to 30 cents to recycle each bottle here - score!

Which I guess means that if I run out of money I can easily rustle up some more with a bit of scrounging. Could be a lot of scrounging to work up flight home though!

I'm in good spirits and enjoying the culture shock of it all - it's a scary thing to be in a new country with no grasp of the language whatsoever. The phrasebook is getting a good thumbing, whilst the German language as a whole is getting twisted in whole new and ungodly ways by my pronunciation. Sorry about that.

Posted by scy 02:36 Archived in Germany

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