I made it!

February 3, 2009

After a fitful 10 hour plane ride from LAX to Frankfurt (Of course I got selected for extra baggage screening and my oh-so-carefully packed backpack was rifled through and repacked with a fraction of the care I originally took; of course I had a middle seat; I watched half of Vicky Christina Barcelona before the system had problems and fell asleep before they got it working again; I ate airplane food for the first time in I don’t know how long), then the shortest hour transfer in my life (I had to go through a passport check and security – again.  I just made my connection – one of the last people to get on the plane), then a flight to Berlin I slept through, then a bus ride to the S-Bahn (its above ground Chicago style instead of the U-Bahn which is the underground subway.  I read every single advertisement in each station and understood almost all of them) which jetted me all the way across the city on a high-speed tour, and then the longest short walk of my life (with a 30 lb. back pack on my back, a 15 lb backpack on my front, and carrying a messenger bag full of books and a computer), I have arrived at my hostel.

It is cold outside, but not too cold.  I am excited to start exploring the city tomorrow.
I have never seen so much graffiti.  The city is covered with it.  Some of it could qualify as street art, but its mostly just tagging.  I’ll take pictures.


  1. Congratulations on your new adventure. Jacqueline has German cousins who may be of help in your research.

  2. Europe! It’s the new United States. We’ll see you there. 🙂

  3. The picture of the wall is fabulous. The only photos I’ve seen are the old ones, with no graffiti or plants.

    Why do people say Berlin is so interesting now (compared to, say, Paris / London / Amsterdam / Rome / San Antonio)? What’s going on there? And is it because of the East-West Germany mixing or something else?

    And what were the S-Bahn advertisements about? And did they contain the secrets of life, truth, beauty and/or the universe?

    Sincerely yours – Uncle D

  4. Three of the “possibly related posts” that popped up under your comments for this post were:
    Celtic Trail Journal: Travel Days -1 and 0
    Ooops, I forgot my kid
    Cosmic Collision

    Haha. Get into trouble!
    Bring me back something not German.

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