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First night in Berlin

rain 13 °C

Last night Neal tasted German beer, it came out in a huge half litre glass. I was laughing. The glass was almost bigger than Neal from the angle I was sitting at.

We walked the streets after dinner for a little while, took some snapshots of the city at night. There were a lot of people on the streets around 9.30pm. I guess this is normal for Berlin. I felt a bit uneasy, however I was enjoying Berlin's beauty at night. I am surprised that the city looks very modern. Its population is around 3.5 million.

We noticed a river boat on the river nearby with dining seats inside. We noticed a variety of different cuisines such as spanish, italian and asian foods available, any cuisine you could possibly want. Different varieties of breads and pastries and sausages of course, a bit different to what France and Italy offer. Yes there are plenty of McDonalds and Burger Kings too in Germany as well as Italy. Currywurst seems to be popular here. It is a fast food German dish, which is steamed and then fried pork sausage cut into slices and seasoned with curry ketchup and served with french fries or bread. Neal has not had a chance to taste this yet but I am sure he will soon.

As we were walking, out of the blue, someone in the street fired off a couple of fireworks or firecrackers not far from us, I screamed my head off. Scared me to death. The firecrackers were so loud. We did not know if this is allowed in the country but it happened on the street. Looks like you have to be on your guard all the time.

We noticed people sleeping on the sidewalks which was sad to see and people begging for money. We noticed one man screaming something in German in the street, we ignored him and kept walking just like the rest of the people. It made me feel uncomfortable but Neal was ok with it all.

Tonight we saw on the BBC news how Sydney had thick fog over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. It is basically the only station we watch at night because it is basically the main one in english.

Oh by the way, I forgot to mention that in Italy they have service staff that fill up your car with petrol or "benzene". Outside of hours you can use self service petrol stations by using your credit card or paying for a set dollar value (no change is generally given). I was not with Neal at the time but he says that it was too difficult for him to work out the self service, again the language barrier issue. As we had to fill up the hire car before returning, Neal decided to head towards the airport and hope that we find an open petrol station. Lucky for us there was one outside the rental car return car park, how convenient. Prices were no different to what we had seen on our travels, are they stupid or what. If it was my service station I would be charging a lot higher.

Also there appeared to be a lot of trucks on the road when we were driving, at one stage there were 18 trucks in a convoy. Also forgot to mention that the roads are amazing here, but european drivers are crazier than any australian driver in our opinion, from what we have seen. In Italy, don't know about the rest of Europe, semis are not allowed on the road over the week-ends.

Posted by ktime 23:29 Archived in Germany

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