kathryne goes to france


goodbye berlin
28 February 2007, 2:02 pm
Filed under: berlin, europe, exchange student, germany, study abroad, travel

Today was our last day in Berlin.  Tomorrow we begin our journey back to Bordeaux, starting with a flight to Dublin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a seven hour layover in the Dublin airport, then we board a flight to Paris and hang out in the Paris train station all night until we can get on our train to Bordeaux early the next morning.  Should be interesting… its a good thing I love airports. 

Im sad our vacation is over.  Soon its back to to the land thats devoid of good grilled chicken and decent Thai food, to the country that doesnt appreciate the value of a real toilet seat, to the dorm showers that make mold seem like a viable tiling option.

Berlin isnt the prettiest city Ive been to, but its by far the most interesting.  History is around every corner.  Its sort of tragically comical how often the Germans build buildings only to rebuild the exact same structure later on after its been destroyed for one reason or another.  The city is in a constant state of construction and reconstruction; cranes and bulldozers are all over the place.  Ive become fascinated by German history.  WWII, the Berlin Wall, socialism, concentration camps, the psychology behind Nazi power, etc. etc.  I want to learn more. 

Had a strange moment earlier today at a Thai restaurant.  While I was trying to figure out what to order from their English menu, I watched the Asian server speak German to a customer, say “cheers” to a British guy as he walked out, then say “bon appetit” to the German customer when he handed him his food.  I also think he may have spoken French to a French customer somewhere along the way.  It was obvious that his first language was an Asian language.  Isnt it interesting how many cultures mingled together within the five minutes that I spent trying to decide what to order?  Welcome to Europe.

Thats all for now.  Ill write about London and Berlin when I can use a non-German keyboard that doesnt randomly switch letters around and actually has an apostrophe button.  These kezboards are annozingggg.  Pictures are coming soon, too.

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