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Templehof Terminal
I wanted to get a new suitcase and give 
suzie my backpack, I thought id be able
to buy one at the airport so Suzie came
with me. Templehof airport as it turned
out had no shops at all, we had a look
around and then I told Suzie she should
go and do stuff in berlin instead of
waiting at the airport. For those who
don’t know, templehof airport was vital
to the history of berlin. The Russians
during the cold war had completely
surrounded and cut off west berlin from
roads and thus depriving the city of goods. To stop the city from starving
1000s of dc3 cargo planes were used nonstop bringing in supplies to west
berlin. The germans nicknamed these planes the candy bombers and all flights
occurred at templehof. Templehof itself is just 1 massive building with a
runway next to it, there are no jet bridges or any other typical airport
equipment on hand and all boarding of the planes is literally done by walking
to it from the terminal and onto the plane.
Templehof tarmac

From Brussels airport I took a taxi to
my hotel and along the way I found the
stupid system they have for road signs
/names. Outside of Brussels the
language is Flemish (dutch) so all the
information is written in dutch, but
as soon as you enter the Brussels area
the language changes to French with the
odd sign in both. I definitely don’t
want to drive there as some names that
started with a B in dutch all of a
sudden were names beginning with M.
If you don’t know the French and dutch
names for towns your basically stuffed.
I soon discovered that my hotel was
WAY out of town and in a dodgy neighborhood. I decided not to go the mini
Europe park I had planned on going to as it was too much hassle from where
I was.
enjoying my first Kriek
The taxi trip cost me 53 Euros and basically all my cash was gone.

After checking in I went looking for
an atm to get money out, it was
seriously a dodgy area as I came across
4 atms and all were smashed up. After
over an hour of walking I finally found
and intact one, I made sure to get loads
of cash out as I didn’t want to have to
walk back there. When I got back to the
hotel I asked about how to get to the
city center and was told it was a long
bus trip away. While having a drink at
the hotel I met 2 women from Nottingham
who came to Brussels just for boob jobs,
it was a rather interesting conversation.
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Templehof Terminal
Templehof Terminal
Templehof tarmac
Templehof tarmac
enjoying my first Kriek
enjoying my first Kriek
my broken Umbrella from Paris
my broken Umbrella from Paris
artwork at Templehof showing dc3 h…
artwork at Templehof showing dc3 …
Suzie at the cafe
Suzie at the cafe
at a cafe at Templehof
at a cafe at Templehof
cool 60s chairs
cool 60's chairs
view from window at Templehof
view from window at Templehof
Avro RJ 100 from Berlin to Brussels
Avro RJ 100 from Berlin to Brussels
inflight snack
inflight snack
flying over Berlin
flying over Berlin
Flying over Belgium
Flying over Belgium
about to land in Brussels
about to land in Brussels
nice building
nice building
in taxi driving towards hotel
in taxi driving towards hotel
Brussels
photo by: Vlindeke