Lazy day – settling into our rented apartment in Vienna :)
And WiFi, which—funny story—we don’t get in the apartment we rented specifically for WiFi…!
Dark wood furniture is kind of my dream…
Participating in some sort of European new year tradition, where you melt down some lead, dump it in cold water, and read its shape as an indicator for your upcoming year!
Happy new year everyone!
NYE in Berlin is kind of a big deal.
It’s supposed to be THE spot in Europe to be.
One million people at the Brandenburg Gate, fireworks in the street for 3 days straight, special foods, music, drunkenness, blahblahblah.
Hen & I went into town for a nice dinner, and then a NYE pub crawl with a huge mob of English-speakers visiting Beer-lin as well.
A wonderful Thai dinner at Good Times, suggestion courtesy our Stanford professor. Aren’t the folded lotus napkins beautiful??
Stacey & Henning, 2010.
After some wine, glühwein, a few beers, and some fruity shots…
And somewhere after that…
stumbling onto the S-bahn and making it home. :)
Highlights around Berlin.
It was a freezing cold day, so we ran around as quickly as we could.
Brandenburger Tör (Brandenburg Gate). There used to be a bunch of gates like this into Berlin, and this is the only one left. It was also part of the Berlin wall, separating East and West.
Imagine big fireworks in the background, plus one million drunk people…. and that would be the image on New Years Eve (Silvester)!
Even the Berlin Bear (mascot/coat of arms) has got a little Freedom Spirit in him.
Just can’t escape!
My favorite memorial or landmark that we saw in the city was actually the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe aka the Holocaust Memorial. I didn’t take any pictures; didn’t seem like the place or time. But it was very touching, and if I had the opportunity, I would have gone back another time.