Published: April 17th 2010April 17th 2010
We began our day by getting up late enough to miss breakfast, and wandered down to Maccas to eat there and use their (hopefully) free internet. As it turns out, you have to pay to use the WiFi in the McDonalds here, and it is pretty expensive, so we ate some food - they have curly fries at these Maccas, yum - and headed back to the cafe we had gone to yesterday since we knew it had free WiFi. After sitting there for about 2 hours catching up with everyone back home (well thats what I was doing, Danny was downloading new games onto his iPhone and then playing them) we decided to head out and see Berlin.
We headed to a mall where we knew there was a H&M store - recommended by Laura as I needed new jeans. The ones I was wearing had a hole growing in an unfortunate place and needed to be replaced! I managed to find two pairs and a jacket, so that was very successful! I could have bought a lot more stuff there, but was trying to be conscious of how heavy our bags are. Sigh!
While walking to H&M
we unintentionally found the Sony Centre, which we had wanted to see anyway, so once I had finished my shopping, we headed back there to have a look around. We saw a giant giraffe made of lego, and since we are both about 2 years old on the inside, we immediately got distracted and walked into the legoland entry. It costs 16 euro each to go through the actual "Lego Discovery Centre", which we were very skeptical of, but when we asked why it was so expensive, the lady told us some enormous figure of how many square feet it was downstairs, and we got suckered in and paid up. The first part was pretty cool, it had a mini Berlin made out of lego, and it even went through the cycle of day and night with buildings lighting up during the night, and the noises changing from noisy traffic to a gig taking place on a tiny lego stage, to the birds chirping when the sun started coming back up. It was pretty cool, and we felt confident that we had spent our money well if the rest of it was going to be like this. It was not.
It was a few more displays and then just a huge area for kids to play. I'm sure it would be more fun if you had little kids, or if you were a little kid, but there is no way it is worth 16 euro!
We were both feeling slightly ripped off when we came to the exit, which took us up into a mall, which had a movie theatre, so we decided we should watch a movie. They were all in English, so we picked the Bounty Hunter, got enormous drinks and popcorn (all of which were much cheaper than in Australia, even taking the conversion rate into account) and enjoyed having a few hours of relaxing doing something normal.
After this we went into the Sony Centre, and found an Australian Restaurant. At least, it claimed to be Australian. I don't know if the people who own it have ever actually been to Australia, but there was not a single sausage despite them having a barbie on the menu, and they didn't have any vegemite. I did, however, have the best tomato soup I have ever had in my life.
The other weird thing was that
they had damper with cheese on the menu, which sounded awesome, but when they brought it out it was just a baguette with cheese melted on top. Damper is not just normal bread! Crazy people!
Anyway, I got far too excited by seeing so many things that looked familiar on the menu, and ordered about three small things, and then absolutely stuffed myself to the point that I thought I was going to be ill! I was not a happy Skye and had to go sit outside and try to convince my organs to start digesting and make the pain stop.
By this stage it was fairly late, and as I was feeling like I was going to explode, we headed (very slowly) back to the hostel!
There are more photos below