October 22, 2014
Woke up and found that it was raining in Berlin. Not pouring but a steady rainfall. I spent the morning drinking Roodiboos tea and writing postcards. People leave their heart in San Francisco, I left my hat in Berlin. I ventured out to find a store to buy a cheap hat and some socks. The land lady suggested one. It was a cheap looking store but the hats ad socks were expensive since I won't need them when I got home. I stopped for a good burger at a little tiny restaurant and asked the tattooed cook. He told me where the best shop was. I found some socks for one euro and a hat for two euro.
I was heading downtown and asked people how to pay for the tram. They said there was a machine inside but it only took coins. I was about to leave to get some change when the leader of the group, a very nice lady pulled outs an envelope of tickets and gave me one. People in Berlin are very nice.
I met Ana and Paulo for coffee (which ended up being tea and brownie marble cheese cake). We made arrangements to meet at the train station as we will go to Bielefeld together.
We did a little postcard shopping and then they pointed out a covered market that I might like to see. It was like the inside of the St. Laurence Market, very interesting. I headed home and ate at my favorite Italian restaurant (downstairs) and spoke English so the young men who run it could practice their english. I had gnocchi for supper. Went upstairs, packed and finished off the bottle of wine I had purchased a couple of days ago.
October 23, 2014
Got up bright and early. I am all packed and ready to go. I went out and by a very circuitous route I found a shopping mall that Johanna had told me about. On the way I also found pfennig world - a bargain shop. I didn't buy more socks but I found a treasure or two. I headed for the railway station. I took the bus and then was about to switch to the metro for one stop when a man offered to help me with my suitcase. It was a good thing. He asked where I was from and where I was going and he said he had a few minutes so he would help. We went up, down, across, up again on and on as it is a multiple station and we had a long way to go. He delivered me to my platform shook my hand and wished me a good trip. Thanks didn't seem to say enough. Berliners are great. I met Ana and Paulo an few minutes later and we caught the train to Bielefeld.
When we arrived in Bielefeld we found a taxi. Just as it was about to leave another postcrosser stopped us and asked for the address. He was from Denmark. We added one more to our taxi.
Everyone here is very friendly and has made me feel at home. There is a lot of German spoken but many times they will tell you what they are talking about and there are others like me not from Germany so you hear English as well. More later.