Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Berlin

Big, modern, "vibrant".  Big.  The new hauptbahnhof (main train station) shows some of what can be done when a city is bisected by no-mans-land, and then isn't.  Mostly you can tell where the wall was because of all the shiny new buildings.  Urban renewal without all the eminent domain fights.

I still have three unanswered questions:

Why all the big pink and blue pipes running around at roughly head level, with curves and corners?

Why was the instant coffee locked up in the grocery?  Literally behind a locked glass door, like expensive jewelry in some stores. Nescafe Gold isn't really, you know, guys.

Who was the group singing and cheering outside our hotel (at the hauptbahnhof) at 2:30 in the morning?  Sounded like a big group, not just a couple of people.


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