Cold, Tired, and WET (but having fun)
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November 7th, 2007 – by: morgewan
Well Iâ€™ve been in Berlin 4 days now and I think I have gotten around 13 hours of sleep. So far the schedule has been to work 12-13 hours, go to dinner, go to a bar, go to bed for a few hours, and then wake up and do it all over again. I finally hit the wall tonight, and am sitting quietly in the hotel bar finally writing a blog entry. :-)
I have to say that this is one of the best cities I've been to, and it's cold, windy, and rather wet out. I can't imagine how nice it would be in spring and early summer.
I'll do a quick recap of the events of the last few days, at least those I can remember. :-)
Monday (November 5th 2007)
Had a pretty good nights sleep considering that we had just flown all night and a good part of the day.
After breakfast we decided to walk to the office after checking Google earth and deciding it was only ~1.5 miles or so. Well, I think Google was a little optimistic, or the cold biting wind was a factor, but it seemed a lot longer than that. We'll be taking the bus from now on.
Nothing very exciting to report about work, but things are going well and we are on schedule.
After work, we headed out to a local bar for a bite to eat, and some refreshments.
Earlier, on the bus ride home, I noticed a very nice looking Mercedes McLaren roadster (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_SLR_McLaren) in a showroom and I talked Amit into walking down to take some pictures of it. Wow what car, the pictures don't come close to doing it justice. After the car, we decided to head back and get some sleep but I noticed a small little bar called the "Kings Pub" and twisted Amit's arm into going in for a quick beer.
Well, that decision was the main culprit for my lack of sleep over the last 3 days. It is a tiny little English pub, and the bartender/owner is a little old British guy who has run it for the last 40 years.
Tuesday (November 6th 2007)
Ow, my head is killing me. I'm not sure what is jetlag, what is lack of sleep, and what is beer related, but it seemed like it was going to be a very painful day at work. But, after a magic sandwich from Starbucks and copious amounts of water, things started looking up.
Well, the good dinner was achieved, but a couple of beers turned into stumbling home again at 2 AM after our attempts to beg off the 9 PM meeting went awry (Yes I know it's my fault Amit). We made a pretty entertaining group, and I made the mistake of switching from beer to a vodka mohito at around midnight. Things are a little blurry after that, but I do remember our Swiss friend (who had a nice long nap during the day) wanted us to go clubbing which we politely declined.
Wow, this town is too much fun... :-)
Wednesday (November 7th 2007)
Ouch... After sleeping through my 7:30 AM wakeup call, I managed to make it out the door about 10 minutes late, much to Amit's annoyance, as he had woken up much earlier and couldn't get back to sleep.
We had a rather frustrating day at work, and didn't leave until almost 8pm, but are still pretty much on track to finish early tomorrow so we can do some actual sightseeing. It rained on and off all day, but the temperature was quite a bit warmer.
Had beer/dinner in the hotel bar, and that's where I'm still at trying to finish this up without falling asleep. :-)
We are going to try to make it an early day tomorrow, and take all day Friday off to go out and see the sights. With all the rain, working, and nightlife, I haven't had any time to take some good pictures, but I've uploaded a few from my iPhone which will have to suffice until later on this week.
I'll try to keep this up to date more often from here on out...
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