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Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin January 3rd 2014

At first we had in mind going to Potsdam, but getting back to the hostel in the middle of the night and waking up in the middle of the day made us change our plans a bit. I've decided to track down a few squats and street art - we walked around Kreutzigerstrasse and then towards the Aleksanderplatz. To be fair, during our stay we mainly spend time in the former East Berlin - guilty as charged, I've always used to choose the less representative (and usually more interesting) parts of cities I've visited. The Christmas/New Year's Market was still there - with mulled wine and plenty of heavy German food (not a country for vegetarians... no, I'm kidding, Balkans were much worse in that respect). We walked back to Hackescher Markt to see some street ... read more
Berlin 2014
Berlin 2014
Berlin 2014

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin January 2nd 2014

Happy new years from bep!! We spent our new years eve in Dublin but due to a euro plug issue, we were unable to make any updates to our blog. Now we're in Berlin and are able to charge our computers and communicate with all of you. Our time in Dublin was unbelievable! We did a free walking tour around the more historic and notable parts of the city. Our tour guide Conor was very informative and we genuinely had a great time throughout the tour and learned a ton. Afterward, we grabbed a bite to eat and got ready for our NYE night. We went to different pubs looking for one that had the right vibe, getting a drink in every one we stopped into until we finally found our pub! The vibe was great ... read more
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Avalon House

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin January 2nd 2014

It is a little embarrassing, but... Well. Last year was quite a good year with respect to travels and countries visited, but absolutely crap when it comes to everything else. Let's hope 2014 will be better - and let's start again. The first journey of the year was a short stay in Berlin with N.. I've been there once already, but I've really really really wanted to go back there. I wanted to show N. places I liked, and so we mostly saw what I’d seen before – with few exceptions though. We started in Warsaw, after a five hour train journey we arrived at Berlin Ostbahnhof. It's January - so before we sorted out the hostel (A&O, Boxhagener Str. 73) it was already dark and not a good time to explore the city (walk around ... read more
Berlin 2014

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin December 31st 2013

Hi Friends & Family, It's been a long time since I've updated this travelblog. Whoops! It's not that I didn't want to but rather, so many things have happened since the summer of 2011 when I last updated this travelblog..... After coming from Poland, we went on a trip to Brandenburg and then to London. That was an exciting trip 'cos that was the first time that "The Small Young Gentleman" had ever been to London and he was so ready for it! I decided that I wanted to do a Phd, so since it's been years since I actually did my first degree, I decided to register for a Masters. In England! That basically meant that I commuted between England and Germany, every six weeks in order to do my classes. I hope to finish ... read more
Bryce Canyon
Yosemite National Park
September 2012

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt am Main December 30th 2013

Auf Wiedersehen Frankfurt!!!!... read more

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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Rothenburg ob der Tauber December 24th 2013

The little girl is about 7 years old or so. She looks bored waiting for her train. Her mid 20’s mum is busy with her smartphone, so her daughter was trying to entertain herself. She was curious on the mechanics of a luggage, how come such a big bag can roll easily? So she moved it back and forth. “What’s wrong with you?!?”, yelled the mum while grabbing the little girl arm roughly – as if she just robbed a bank or something. The little girl stunned, and started to chuckle in tears. “Stop it! Shut up!”, her mum yelled again. This time the little girl try to sit down quietly, her head face down and I can see tears running down the corner of her eyes. Somehow my heart cries with her. The ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich December 23rd 2013

“So, do you have any kids?” Ah, that question again. Well, what do you expect when chit chatting with an Asian grandma on the plane. Not being racist, I’m Asian too. I must’ve gotten that question hundred times trough out my life. But this time, it hits hard. You see, I just lost the love of my life. She may be smaller than my fist, but she stole our hearts away. It feels just yesterday, when we saw her lively kicking, bouncing and tumbling; before the doctor said something was very wrong with her. They murmured something about chromosome issue, Edward syndrome or maybe Trisomy 18. They said it’s 1 in 6000 probability and somehow I won the jackpot. There was no pill, medication or operation that can help. The third doctor confirmed and they offered ... read more
View from Neue Rathaus
theatine church
christmas ornaments

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Gauting December 15th 2013

Ich bin froh, dass ich jetzt den Wolfgang wieder habe, ich jetzt den Sammy kraulen kann, ich jetzt nicht mehr einen Kuebel neben dem Klo vorfinde, in den man das Klopapier werfen muss, weil die Kanalisatioin nicht mit Klopapier fertig wird; ich jetzt nicht mehr in einem Bett schlafen muss, das ein sauberes Leintuch unten hat, und darueber noch ein sauberes Leintuch. Wenn's kalt ist, ist darueber eine Wolldecke, die von Geburt bis Tod nicht gewaschen wird (nehme ich an) oder ein Plumeau, das nicht bezogen ist. Beide, Wolldecke und Plumeau, will ich nicht beruehren, weil mir graust: wieviele Gaeste haben das schon benuetzt? es jetzt jeden Tag das zum Essen gibt, was ich mag Ich bin traurig, weil die Menschen, mit denen ich soviel Zeit verbracht habe, jetzt weg sind. ich nicht jeden Tag aufs ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Regensburg December 6th 2013

Hi Guys and Gals Since we last spoke we were heading off to Vienna. So where do I begin. Vienna – We arrived around 5.30 o’clock. We went to the Liechtenstein Palace for a Viennese Concert that was a tribute the music of Strauss. Everyone got tarted up, I wore my suit and all the girls had there sparkly things on. The show had a bit of everything, Music, opera and some dancing which was well performed. Show went for 1 hour, then back to the ship for evening drinks and planning for the next day. We went on the Schonbrunn Palace tour which was good, had some free time there so Gaynor hit the Christmas markets in the forecourt and I went for a walk to get some more photos. Had a squirrel crawl up ... read more
View from the Ruins (Durnstein)
Rugged up
Crossing the finish line

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Gauting December 6th 2013

Liebe Angelica, hier auch alles ok., es schneit etwas, Temperatur um 0° C. Heute Morgen war ich in der HNO - Klinik. Arzt hat die Fäden gezogen und das Ohr sauber gemacht. Nächste Woche am Freitag will man die restlichen 10 % der Verkrustung im Gehörgang entfernen und den ersten Hörtest machen. Ich bin gespannt. Arzt fragte mich, ob ich das Gefühl habe, mit dem Ohr hören zu können und ich sagte: ja. Er fand es in Ordnung. Wolfgang... read more




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