Our drive to Berlin was pretty easy, we stopped once to get some petrol and were then on the lookout for somewhere to eat. We didn’t find anywhere between Hannover and Berlin… that was a surprise, maybe we were both too focussed on the Autobahn.
That meant that when we arrived to our hotel, we were starving. We threw our bags into the room and basically drove to the next practical place before we met with our first friends on the list to meet. It was a Vietnamese Restaurant. Good food, very cheap prices. Then we met with our first baby Berliner. The mother has been Ingrid’s friend for something close to 8 years now and about 6 months ago, had the pleasure of welcoming her baby girl into the world. We sat, we talked, I was talking with the husband, showing off my German. Last time we had met he had to talk English the whole time and was suffering because he lacked all the words he wanted. This time it was me, but it was good to try. Midnight came and we were in the Hotel, getting some sleep.
Saturday. Man were we impressed with the breakfast this hotel included in the room price! They had everything: hot food – bacon, eggs, pancakes, baked beans – cold food – fruits, yoghurts, museli – breads – croissants, wholegrain bread rolls, sliced bread, jams, nutella – all of these with an ‘etc etc’ at the end. Water, tea and coffee, as much as you can drink, is also included. We stuffed ourselves and then got ready for the day.
Köpenick is a Wonderland. There’s a impressive castle there with fantastic gardens that look out over the water of the nearby river. There’s the smallest brewery in Berlin here and many statues of historic things. A story of a character of the area, Wilhelm Voigt, a man who, after a life of not the most honest deeds, lived with his sister, bought parts of a commanding soldier’s uniform, marched into a barracks, commanded some soldiers to follow him, stormed the Mayor’s office, claiming misuse of city finances, confiscated 4,000 Marks from the treasury and ran away. He was eventually caught but it is said that the German Emperor was impressed with the humour of the stunt that he pardoned him.
Later we met up with Mischa and Luisa. You might remember them from previous tales, they were also at our wedding, if nothing else. Just last week they had welcomed their second child, a boy, into the world. We got to meet him too. He was a very chilled out little fella, although he’s too young to even have a concept of that.
Not for too long though, we had to meet another friend to go to the cinema. We watched Atomic Blonde. Turns out that it’s about some characters during the downfall of the Berlin wall, 1989. We bought a large popcorn. That pretty much served as our dinner. Again we were home by midnight.
Sunday. Great breakfast again. This time instead of sausages they had rissoles, they are called Frickadellen in German. We stuffed ourselves, checked out, did a quick lap around a part of the lake called Mügglesee and then drove to the largest remaining part of the Berlin wall to meet some more friends that were doing a European holiday (from Colombia). We sat, we talked, we drank coffee and tea and some beers. It was getting a bit late and we still had to drive home, so we released them to enjoy Berlin and we met with the young guy we’d met at the cinema the night before. His name is Camilo. He joined us for our drive home and was planning on staying for a few days.