30.05.2011 - 30.05.2011 30 °C
I woke up under the impression that it was 0700. I got up, changed and started working on the previous day’s post. I made a cup of instant coffee and then saw the time was actually 0600. I forged on, making a map of the places we wanted to eat at still and chatting it up with some family. Shane woke up a few hours later. You’ll recall the 6 euros I said I overpaid the hostel. When I saw the owner there at 0830 I went out to talk to him. I pleaded my case but he was adamant that it was my fault and they had no proof of anything. I won’t get into the details, the internet messed things up. I stuck to my guns, argued my case and got my money back. You would all be proud. It was very scary.
We went across the street to a cafe called ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and ate a delicious breakfast with yogurt and muesli. We gathered our backpacks and started a journey across the city. We arrived at our new hostel 40 minutes later. It is a grand old house, with tall doors and fancy trim. We were offered a welcome drink and asked to sit down. We got the low-down on the area from a reception dude. They let us store our bags as it was too early to check-in and we left again. We walked through a small part of the Tiergarten, and then over to the Brandenburg Gate. We ate currywurst for lunch and waited for our 1300 tour to start. It was a free tour and well over a hundred people showed up. We broke off into groups and spent the next three hours sweating to death under a hot German sun.
We really enjoyed the tour. It hit all the main sights, the Holocaust memorial, the site over Hitler’s bunker where he shot himself dead and where they burned his body (now a parking lot), Checkpoint Charlie, the site of the burning of 20 000 books by Nazi students and many others. We finished on Museum Island with the story of the political blunder that brought down the wall. We left the tour much more knowledgeable and happy with our choice.
We walked back to the hostel stopping for ice cream and fruit along the way, it was a long walk you see. We checked in to our room, NO BUNK BEDS! It’s so awesome! We showered before we left for dinner, but when Shane came back from his, he was a little red in the face. He had showered without knowing, in the girls shower room! If that wasn’t bad enough, these aren’t regular showers. There are three stalls but nowhere to change or dry off in the stall, the sensor for the water is automatic. So it is very tricky to not be naked in front of the door while someone walks in. Shane was very lucky no girl walked in on him.
There was a donair place recommended to us not to far from here. We heard the lines were worth it. We waited twenty-five minutes before we received ours because they kept running out of meat. I thought they were amazing! Three sauces, feta, crispy chicken, a huge mound of deep fried vegetables sprinkled with soy sauce and seasonings, salad, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers. It was my perfect dinner. We stopped for a beer at the bar downstairs and chatted to the bartender about Chilliwack’s water quality, of all things. By the time we got to bed we were so exhausted we slept soundly until morn.