Continued from Berlin Day 4 Part 2.
It’s wet, cold, and grey outside. It was expected, I read the weather forecast. I feel lethargic from the heavy drinking last night. Berlin is Berlin today, but I feel oddly at ease. I feel calm, and, maybe even happy to be alive. Berlin is starting to grow on me.
First stop is Starbucks. It’s cold and rainy, I am super behind on blogging. I think maybe 3 days behind at this point. My plan is to sit at Starbucks for a long time and blog as much as possible. Since its raining today have no hard plans to do any sightseeing. While drunk last night, SO and I had discussed maybe eating tonight at Kim Chi Princess, a really popular hip Korean restaurant in Kreuzberg. I just wanted to eat there because I thought the name was funny. Well, I’ll play it by ear. It’s very Berlin outside.
Oh wait, there is one item on the agenda today. I need to go visit a post office to mail off some clothes back home to Austin. I had bought enough souvenirs along the way that I am starting to run out of luggage space. The post office closes at 3 today. It’s Easter weekend and most of the shops are either closed or have limited hours.
While I blogged away, SO went to go visit a friend. I blogged, and waited for her to return so we could go to the post office. SO had called earlier and was told that the post office closes at 3 and some others stay open until 3:30.
SO finally returned, and it was already 2:45. She could have been back earlier, but she forgot her umbrella at her friend’s place and had to go back for it. Then she ran after a bus and missed it. Could we make the post office in time?
It’s really fucking cold today. This is the coldest day since I’ve been in Berlin. SO doesn’t know this area well and she asked many pedestrians on the way to the post office. Some didn’t know, some gave ambiguous directions, but finally a couple older ladies knew the way. Well, one of the ladies knew it, and she had to remind her friend that it was actually next to her house. It was cute, in a senile kind of way.
It’s closed…they closed extra early due to holiday hours, but the hours were not posted. The ours that we were told were incorrect. Two days ago, I think I would have found a brick somewhere and thrown it at a glass window. Today, I feel calm and I’ve accepted Berlin. Berlin still dishes out shitty Berlin weather, long boring walks, and unexpected inconveniences, but I am going to roll with the punches. I literally saw this scene above, and shrugged my shoulders. Oh well. I guess I’ll have to wake up ass early Monday morning before my flight out of Berlin to ship off the extra luggage.
Yes and yes! I love kebabs as much as I love the Blue Mosque. Wait, it sounds like I should live in Istanbul…well, no. I think the kebabs in Germany tastes better than the kebabs in Turkey. I feel like a terrible person. That’s like saying Americanized Chinese food tastes better than real Chinese food.
Saw a book store, went in to see if they’ve got a guide book for Budapest in English. Heading to Budapest after Berlin. It’s almost 4 by now. I thought maybe I could see one museum today after the post office. Well, the post office didn’t workout, and now it’s too late and too cold to go to the museum. Oh well. I knew today would be slow and nothing much would get done, but that’s OK. Berlin keeps on dishing out Berlin at me, but I am just going to take it in strides now.
We walked out of the book store, and I heard music. I followed my ears.
Hallelujah. Accordion duet! Actually, I think these are actually Bayan and not accordions. They were playing JS Bach, and they were fucking amazing. I grabbed a handful of coins from my pocket and just let it drop into their case. Well worth it.
Ducked into a coffee shop to have some coffee and warm up. There’s live pianist here! I also accidentally elbowed the waitress really hard in her shoulder while waiting around. Oops. I felt bad even after apologizing. It was purely an accident when I lifted my arm and she came up behind me.
Unfortunately, no where to sit inside. We had to get to go cups and head back out into the cold. The cafe was awesome, but their to go cups are totally worthless. The lids would not seal, and SO ended up getting coffee all over her coat.
I came back to the hotel. Went to the lobby and did some blogging. Still recovering from drinking last night. Came back to the room, and watched some TV. Lion King in German! Then SO looked out the window, and said that it was snowing.
Dinner spot. We had thought about ordering in dinner tonight because it’s been so cold. Well, the snow brought us out into the streets, so we walked until we found a restaurant open for business. Korean food it is. SO is craving Korean food. It sounds good to me too. I need something fresh and light to cure my hangover.
Ah, yes. So fresh and so light, so good. Perfect meal for tonight. I didn’t really do anything touristy in Berlin today. Hell, I couldn’t even mail my package home, the one thing I attempted to do today. But yet, I feel strangely content.
Let’s review what I did today. Woke up hung over. Blogged, but still way behind. Got really cold. Failed at mailing my package. Got really cold. Failed at finding a guidebook. Saw some snow. Got really cold. Ate some food. Drank some coffee. Watched Lion King in German. For reasons that escape me, it was a good day.
To be continued at Berlin Day 6 Part 1.