Arrival in Berlin; July 22
Took a night train to Berlin kind of at the last minute. I didn’t sleep very well, which was probably due to a combination of me being excited by the novelty of the whole thing and the fact that there was a baby in the bed underneath me that kept coughing every time it turned over. Damn babies. Anyways, I got to Berlin and was instantly dumbstruck by their Hauptbanhof. I didn’t know what I’d have to take to get to my hostel, which was quite a ways out of the city.
There was this Russian guy at the bus station that was clearly trying to steal my iPod he looked at me with a distressed look in his face and tried to say in his broken English that he wanted to use my iPhone to make a call. “One call.”, he kept saying. He even showed me that his phone didn’t have a signal. Only problem is, I don’t have an iPhone. He must have saw my iPod and mistaken it for an iPhone. That’s why he was confused when I told him I didn’t have a phone. I knew he was lying because I saw him use his own phone right after he gave up talking to me.
Probably going to head up to Berlin considering the weather’s not very good here.
Switched Hostels; July 19th
Had to switch to Sudpfanne in Heidelberg. It actually doubles as a bar. I was concerned about how good it would be, considering the website was pretty bad, but it was fine.
Pictures I took on my way up to Heiligenberg.
I am having the funniest conversation I’ve had in a while with a Korean girl who is getting extremely embarrassed every time she messes up her English. It is so cute. I am cracking up.
Weird Potential Satanists atop Heiligenberg
I met some weird people when I climbed up to the Heiligenberg yesterday. They were dressed in gothic attire. One of them was collecting branches by the well there, probably for firewood. When I asked them where they were from, they said New York mostly. The guy I was talking to seemed to be the lead figure in the group. They all sort of sounded dramatic, like they thought about what they would say before they said it, kind of like overly dramatic D&D kids you see in high school. When I asked them if they were all working here, their leader said “Something like that.” with a mysterious twinkle in his eyes. Maybe they were about to perform some satanic ritual around a fire or something. Who knows.
Went up a mountain to Heiligenberg lookout to get a better look at the city. This morning I met some more Swedes that were staying in my room and got the rare opportunity to have a Swedish conversation.
Met a Swedish family on the bus in Heidelberg today. That’s the second set of Swedes I’ve met so far. I’ve been able to practice my Swedish with both of them too. I can spot or hear a Swede from a mile a way.
I got lunch at Heidelberg university. Really cool hanging out at a university so far away. After that I went to the Schloß.