All good things come to an end, say pessimists everywhere, and indeed my trip was coming to a rapid halt. Where did we leave off last time, oh yes, I was driving like a crazed banshee to Berlin. I screeched into Berlin, barely missing my turn-in time for my rental by about 30 minutes or so. I expertly assuaged my way out of a late fee by, well, doing nothing particularly scandalous I guess, so what. I scampered into a taxi and made way for the hostel for the night, called the…I honestly don’t remember. Going from the peaceful serenity of St. Gilgen to a (albeit popular, safe, and very clean) hostel in Berlin was about as big of a punch in the culture as is imaginable in the known world. I had never been to Berlin before, only to one of its many unimpressive airports. There are actually quite a few large airports in Berlin: Schonefeld, Tegel, the closed Tempelhof, and the absolute disaster of a public works project called Brandenburg. Construction began on Brandenburg in 2004 (permanently displacing 335 Germans who were bought out of their homes and relocated elsewhere) and was scheduled to open in 2012, to replace all of the other airports in Berlin. The date was pushed back to September 2012, and then October 2012, and then January 2013. In January 2013, they announced the opening was postponed indefinitely. They estimate necessary fixes will take 18 months, and haven’t even begun at the time of… read more
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