Things have been a bit busy and it's only now that I'm finding the time to stop and take stock.
|Berlin - Festival of Light - looking away from The Reichstag|
|Festival of Light at Potsdamer Platz|
First up was Monday night when we hit the city centre to check out the Festival of Light (lots of pretty things projected onto buildings, not Fred Nile's caveman fundie Christian association). It was a good intro to Berlin and some of her little landmarks, like the Brandenberg Gate.
On Tuesday John and I saddled up and went for a nice long bike ride all around the town. The weather was great once again (*waves fist at Swiss weather gods*) and we explored the old Tempelhof airport and the Berlin Wall gallery, before looping around the city centre and heading home. This sounds like a full day in itself but John had other ideas and so we found ourselves heading out in the evening to shoot some tongue-in-cheek video for a music project he is working on.
|Die toten wecken auf!|
John's current obsession with zombies has also led him to write an amusing little novella (zovella?) and publish it on Amazon. You can check it out at http://www.landdownundead.com/. You might even be able to find a bit of the video we shot that night if he links it up.
|Berlin wall mit Hawkins und girly bike|
Speaking of amazing meals, I was also treated to two home cooked specials by Dai Meng. One was a traditional Chinese spread, and the other a German sampler of various popular dishes, including sauerkraut, which I am still not entirely sure I like.
Moving away from the food again (for now), we also hit up some awesome museums during the week. John and I checked out the computer game museum, which was kinda cool but not great. Lots of nostalgia though, and we did get to play Pac Man with a giant Atari joystick (which is harder than it sounds).
Then there was the technical museum, which was full of old trains (Rik you would have loved it), as well as some really cool old film and photography gear. And, no doubt, other stuff, but it closed before we could check it out...
The standout museum for me though was the Pergamon, which I only explored half of unfortunately. They have rooms – big rooms – full of reconstructed bits of ancient cities. You could spend hours looking at just one or two objects there. It's all too much to take in in one hit, but it was still very cool.
|Berlin evening outside the Pergamon|
|Old animatronic ape at the amusement park|
Those two are mad about Latin dancing too, so on my last evening there we went off to a social dance (no I did not dance, are you mad? I drank a beer instead) and then headed to a Cuban place for another great dinner and 4 euro cocktails. Perfect.
|Computer game museum - how many of these can you name?|
|Pergamon. I wanted to climb up and shout "wewease bwian!"|
I expected to be a bit ho-hum about a big city like Berlin, but everyone raved about it, and I can see why now. It has a nice laid back feel. Distinctly un-German I suppose, probably due to all those bloody artists and foreigners. It was also incredibly pretty with the Autumn colours and blue skies. Definitely somewhere I'll be back to one day. Thanks for looking after me guys!
I'm going to split this blog up now, or there will be too many cool pics to choose from!
Edit: the full set of pictures are now up on Flickr, click below to view them!