Day 6 - 5th May - Cologne to Berlin

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Again woke up early but got back to sleep, having a luxurious sleep in until 7:20 :)

After breakfast I figured I had half an hour to get to the cathedral to finish taking photos, so did that while Stu finished breakfast. Also checked at the electronics store but it didn't open until 10am :(

Interior of Cologne Cathedral
Interior of Cologne Cathedral, looking back towards the main entrance 

Another look at the crazy pixel stained-glass window
Another look at the crazy pixel stained-glass window 

The main aisle of the cathedral - completely deserted!  I was amazed..
The main aisle of the cathedral - completely deserted! I was amazed.. 

Pews lined up
Pews lined up 

This is how they keep the pigeon poop off the statues..
This is how they keep the pigeon poop off the statues..

Anyways, we packed up our stuff and headed to the train station (this time making our reservation the day before!). Yet again we were facing backwards - doh! Took an ICE train with no changing so the whole trip from Cologne to Berlin took 4.5 hours. Puttering along at 250 km/h in places. Was completely stunned at how *lush* the countryside looks. You kinda forget that Australia is not the norm when it comes to rainfall! Of course that means that it must rain. A lot. (Trivia: the producers of The Sound of Music had this problem when shooting the movie, where it rained two days out of three.. Hrmmm)

Our ICE train to Berlin
Our ICE train to Berlin 

Leaving Cologne
Leaving Cologne 

Leaving Cologne
Leaving Cologne 

Wind turbines
Wind turbines. These things are everywhere in Germany. I wish Australia
would follow suit 

The train got up to 250 km/h
The train got up to 250 km/h

Anyway, things were going ok until just before we pulled into Berlin when I started freaking out about the place and it was all so big and didn't know what local train tickets we should buy and didn't know how the apartment would be and didn't know where anything was .. And it was all too much. :(

But. We did manage to find our way to the apartment (that Stu found on Craigslist) and even stood on the location of the Berlin Wall without realising it. It even has internet!

We went out for a walk to do some shopping but needed to find a geldautomat (ATM) first. Cologne had one on every other block (admittedly that was in the touristy areas). Not so here. Walked around for half an hour before we found one :( So did some shopping to get some breakfasts and tonight's dinner.

Spent quite a while tonight researching stuff to see. Stuff I shoulda done before we left but just didn't get around to :(

The apartment here is nice.  Light and airy. Decent sized living room, huge main bedroom, tiny second bedroom (setup with couches facing a blank wall), combined bathroom with washing machine.  The shower though is in the bath, but there is no curtain, so water just goes all over the bathroom when you have a shower.  Oops. 

Living room of the flat in Berlin
Living room of the flat in Berlin 

Kitchen in the flat in Berlin
Kitchen in the flat in Berlin. Stu liked the drying
rack/plate storage above the sink


Latest night (10:20) so far....

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Fiona said:

heh I'm even surprised when I hit Newcastle at how green it is THERE compared to poor old Canberra

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