Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wir Fahren Nach Berlin!


"Berlin is the newest city I have come across. Even Chicago would appear old and gray in comparison."

~Mark Twain, Chicago Daily Tribune, 1892

"Berlin! Berlin! Wir fahren nach Berlin!" (Berlin! Berlin! We're going to Berlin!)

~A chant during the World Cup in 2006

I think I probably mentioned this already (did I?) but for those of you who don't know, I spent the end of September in Berlin visiting some very dear friends there. It all worked out perfectly-- I was able to join my brother and his band on their European tour, and then after the last show in Leipzig, Germany, I caught a train to Berlin. I realize that I've been a
TERRIBLE blogger as of late. I sort of got out of the flow when my hard drive crashed, and then lately I've been feeling as if the bar has really been raised in the blogosphere. I mean, there are some AMAZING bloggers out there, and it's hard for me to put together posts that seem like they might be interesting to others.

I'm really trying to do better, but now I am in Dubai, where some of my favorite sites are blocked (Flickr, that means you), and the internet runs, well, really slowly.

That reminds me of a joke: "What did the snail on top of the turtle say?" Give up? "Wheeeeee!"

Just to make this clear, people, my internet abroad is that little snail saying "Wheeeeee!" I never realized how spoiled I was in the ole US of A until I left it. Internet speeds abroad always seem to be dismal compared to what I've got at home.

I digress. Here's a recap of how I passed the 12 or so days in Berlin:

  • I took a bicycle tour of the touristy bits of Germany, given to me by a ridiculously tall German man.
  • I got yelled at, in German, by various motorists for not knowing the rules of the road as a cyclist (Sorry!!! I'm new at this!)
  • I ate yummy German food-- one of my favorite cuisines! (The red cabbage reminded me of what Grandma used to make!)
  • I sniffled and coughed for about a week, wearing a permanent indentation into Matt and Corrie's couch.
  • I got to see the church that I've been supporting on and off (more off than on, eeek!) for the past five or so years.
  • I discovered Berlin vintage shops. Needless to say-- I NEED to stay out of those for the sake of my already anorexic wallet.
  • Drank WAY TOO MUCH. When wine costs less than water, what's to stop you?
  • Lost a VERY EXPENSIVE scarf that belonged to my best friend (and witnessed the grace of forgiveness as well. Thanks, Corrie!)
  • Learned wee bits of German...
  • Met some of the lovely people that I've been hearing about for years.
  • Met new lovely people that I admire very much.
  • Fell in love with cycling.
  • Developed a MAJOR crush on a new city
  • Discovered that I really LOVE black licorice
  • Spent time with two of my favorite-ist people in the whole wide world!
Without further adieu, then,






berlin war memorial

















Yes, I think it is fair to say that I fell in love with this lovely city. One day I shall be heading back, even if it is just to visit. Although, with any luck, one day I'll be able to say, alongside Marlene Dietrich, "Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin." ("I still keep a suitcase in Berlin.")



Jay said...

You mentioned amazing bloggers, and this came to mind "We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" -- I think the internet would be a duller place without this blog, and the words and pictures you paint (and post).

elventryst said...

Wow, that is the nicest thing anyone has ever posted on my blog before. Thank you so much for your encouragement-- I'm getting a kick out of reading yours as well!

joelle said...

nice! I love Berlin! Glad you had a swell time.

emme said...

These photos are beyond beautiful, Elise! You have given me a serious case of travel envy...

I can't tell you how much I enjoy seeing the world through your eyes. You inspire, delight, and challenge me continually. I think you are quite fabulous, indeed, dear!


Ad Tys said...

such a great place

Inspired Kara said...

I love everything about each of these photos, and your trip in general.

Thanks for the escape!!!!

corrie said...

Berlin misses you! and, our couch misses you... neither are the same.

we had so much fun, especially the bikes. can't wait until you're back.

also, i can't believe losing my scarf made it into your 12 days of Berlin list! you're crazy :)

love you and miss you!

TD-2243 said...

Berlin is an awesome place. Super clean and the trains run like clockwork. I'd move there if they spoke English.

Ernesto Gaia said...

really Love the first picture on the bike and the Heart Coffee!

Keep posting your trips!