22.02.2011 - 22.02.2011 0 °C
So we have made it to Warsaw. This hostel has its own kitchen and washing machine for us to use - we have taken full advantage.
Berlin was fun. The Berlin Wall and the history of the country was very interesting. We visited the DDR Museum, which had loads of exhibitions about life in the East Germany before the Wall feel. We visited the largest section of wall remaining - the East Side open air gallery - and the last intact checkpoint - Checkpoint Charlie. There are many other sites in Berlin - the Holocaust memorial, the Molecule Men (who I am convinced are hugging rather than fighting: The Men) and Brandenburg Tor to name but a few. My foot is on the mend (thank goodness) thanks to German Deep Heat and my ankle support.
Oh also - Laura left me on the underground! The silly girl got on the train and and left me! To be fair it wasn't really her fault. We were rushing for the underground line train back to the hostel in Berlin and we both would have made it if some idiot hadn't had his Doberman on a 2 meter lead on the underground! By the time I had limped around him the train doors shut in my face. We both had our own tickets and knew where we were going though, so it was all fine. We just meet up a few stations later. All was well. Besides which, I had the map.
Arriving in Warsaw was a bit of a culture shock. I know a smattering of German and Laura a bit of French, so up till now we have been able to guess what signs were saying with (relative) ease. Polish is like that in no way. It was also the 1st time I asked someone if they spoke English as got told "No". It was just a bit worrying and I really think that says something about the English. Or maybe its just me?
There was however, a very nice young man who directed us to our bus. Here is a word of advise for all of you who may ever think about doing something like this: Use Google Maps. Use the directions provided on helpful sites like Hostelword.com. Write then down before you set off. Write the name of your bus stop, the bus number and the end destination in the correct language. Pointing at these things and looking quizzical will always be universally understood. People have been very helpful to us really. English speakers have often seen us with maps and offered assistance. Most of the time we declined as we knew what we were doing but its nice that they offered.
Its rather cold here and there is lots of snow on the ground. I am very grateful to my mother and my older sister for their gifts of all things fleece-y. Tomorrow we are going to investigate the city and see what we can see. Tomorrow will also be the 1 week anniversary of our departure from the UK. I hope you are all keeping well. In some ways it feels like I have been gone longer than a week and in some ways far far less time seems to have passed.
Ciao for now folks.