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I’ve been wanting to go to Berlin for a while. People who have been there say it’s my kind of place, and I was looking forward to hanging out the weekend after my meetings, and getting to know it. Alas, it was not meant to be. I arrived on Monday night, and had a pretty good time, then woke up Tuesday morning, went to breakfast, took a bite of salmon on some bread and broke a tooth. like, shattered it.¬† The area behind an old filling¬† just went bye-bye:


So I had to go get it fixed with a lovely temporary crown and head back to meetings. Had a little walk on Tuesday night, and actually got to see a few things. Since my camera is gone (thanks again, thieves, very easy to replace that over here. Good luck finding a new charger, ass!) I used my friend’s to take a few photos, just to prove I was there. Hey look! Brandenburg Gate!


check it out - German underground!


The German constitution!


So that was nice. I was planning on spending Friday night, all day Saturday and most of the day Sunday walking around and seeing more stuff, but it was not to be. On Wednesday night as I was going back to the hotel, I started feeling a little feverish. I’d been in a really bad mood most of the day, which had gotten worse at night, so I thought that might be it, but suddenly, as I was having a nightcap with a few folks I just felt completely exhausted. I went back up to my room and started shaking under the covers, and couldn’t get warm. When I woke up, I had a pretty bad fever and spots on my tonsils. Good ol’ strep. So I went down to breakfast, borrowed some more money, and called a doctor. He came, gave me some pills, and I spent the next 24 hours sleeping. The next morning I realized that staying in Berlin like this was pretty stupid, so I caught a flight back to Kiev.

There was also a lot of trying to get my replacement credit cards shipped to my hotel there since it is pretty much impossible to get anything shipped to me in Kiev. That ended in hilarity and more tears. Chase, I will be closing my account with you and moving it to ANY other bank the very next time I’m in the states.

All in all, it wasn’t at all what I expected, but to be fair, I was mostly in one area that I’m sure isn’t representative of the city. I’m going to go see Death Cab and Styrofoam in either Paris or Berlin in July, depending on what dates work better. Hopefully it’ll be Berlin, so I can see a bit more of the city - although I’d like to make a triumphant two armed return to Paris as well.


  1. Sarah Parker wrote:

    Brandenburg Gate?
    Brenda is gonna be pissed unless she gets a whole city named after her.
    Branden gets EVERYTHING!

    Monday, June 9, 2008 at 2:40 am | Permalink
  2. Jones Millenium wrote:

    Shit - gimme that record - I want that record! You owe me!!!

    Monday, July 14, 2008 at 10:30 am | Permalink

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