Dec 22, 2012
The next day, we woke up early, took a bus to Basel to catch our train to Berlin. We had some extra time, so we walked to a Starbucks - unfortunately, for some reason it didn't open until 9 (wha? This is Starbucks. They sell COFFEE. If anything should be open before 9am, a coffee shop should be). Anyway, it was 8:50, and we didn't feel that we had enough time to wait because we had to validate our ticket for it's first use, and blah-de-blah. It actually did turn out that we had enough time to kill, so we ended up at a different Starbucks and we paid like 20 bucks or something like that for our coffees because this is Switzerland.
Some 5 hours or something like that later, we arrived in Berlin and from the beginning it was magical.
There was snow on the ground (though it would melt in the course of the next days) and it was really cold, but it was perfect. After dropping our stuff at the hostel, we headed back towards Alexanderplatz to go to the Hofbrau House (which is knock-off of the original beer hall, which is in Munich) for dinner. Then we hit up the Christmas markets and they were awesome.
|The Moose was part of the Christmas Market at Alexa which is the mall at Alexanderplatz,. He talked. It was pretty cool.|
This Christmas market was more like a fair than a market. There were all sorts of carnival rides and stands with food (the most important food groups being Bratwurst, Gluehwein, and Crepes).
|We rode the Ferris Wheel and boy was it cold up there!|
|But that didn't stop us from going on this contraption. Which is swing ride that takes you high into the air and spins you progressively faster.|
Dec 23, 2012
Then we continued on. After a quick stop at Starbucks (where I got a hazelnut hot chocolate, which is like the hot chocolate version of nutella-- so yummy). We saw touristy things...
I don't remember what we did that evening, but based on pictures. I think we had dinner at a Christmas market which is pretty much what we always did.
|This is at a monument that the Russians built to how awesome they are, or something like that. It looks cool in the snow.|
|Us, damp at the Reichstag.|
|This part was a more traditional Christmas Market|
|I have to say, I've gotten A LOT better at night photography.|