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  1. Frank
    December 21, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    That sign on the train means you’re not supposed to throw bottles and cans out of the train’s windows. At least not the completely full ones … 😉 I guess it’s intended to be a reminder to ex-nice girls to somewhat behave while riding public transportation.

    The station is named Friedrichstraße. That first trip of yours took you to Alexanderplatz, not to Friedrichstraße, btw. Ok, I’m just guessing, of course. Or did you really take that relatively long walk from Friedrichstraße to the Xmas markets on “Alex”? Well, not that it would really matter …

    For the plural of “die Mandel” (female noun, the almond), you say “die Mandeln” (dee ‘mun-daln). You capitalize nouns in German, btw. Like “die Walnuss” (dee ‘wull-noos, make “noos” a short sound) for “the walnut”‘, or “eine Haselnuss” (‘i-na ‘hu-zell-noos) for “a hazelnut”, or “der Keks” (male noun) for “the cookie”.

    I like your writings, I have to admit. Your twitter post along with your pics re. to that KaDeWe robbery was mentioned in a major Berlin newspaper (“Der Tagesspiegel”, http://www.tagesspiegel.de ), that’s how I became aware of your blog, just in case you’re wondering …

    Keep on checking out Berlin, and have fun doing so. Good luck!

    Cheers!
    Frank (a true Berliner)

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    • Frank
      December 21, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

      Oh, I forgot to mention, you should also have at least BBC World on your TV. And there’s NPR Berlin on 104.1 FM, see http://www.nprberlin.de (in US-English, of course). They have some interesting articles about Berlin on their site, check’em out …

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      • Drop Me Anywhere
        December 21, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

        I just checked out the NPR Berlin site. It looks great. I’ll definitely spend some time on it. Alas, no BBC (at least not that I’ve found) as I’m not in a hotel, but in a flat cat-sitting for a really strange cat named Ziegfried.

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    • Drop Me Anywhere
      December 21, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

      Hi Frank –

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comments. You are correct, Alexanderplatz was the station (do you see why I’m constantly lost?). Although I must say the VBB app. is very good. Really? it means don’t throw bottles off the train. My guess is that anyone who would throw a bottle won’t pay very much attention to a sign.

      I was not aware of Der Tagesspiegel picking up my Twitter feed. Does that make me an honorary Berliner? In Newfoundland they made me kiss a fish to become honorary there.

      Thanks again for reading and your kind words. Can you do anything about the weather?

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  2. Frank
    December 21, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

    Nope, can’t do much about the weather, sorry. Doesn’t bother me, myself and I anyway, carrying the sunshine within, you know … Just stay inside the Glühwein booths, you already know how to do that … and the malls. Let’em know it’s Christmas time! Novembers and Januaries can be far worse, lacking all those Xmas markets. However, if it snows, then there are fun things to do here, too. Like at Devil’s Hill, which sported a huge NSA listening post during the Cold War. ( http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teufelsberg )

    Btw, have you been to the Xmas market in front of Charlottenburg Palace? Very lovely. Not too far from the KuDamm area; go there, you’ll love it. Same holds true for the one on Gendarmenmarkt in Mitte, in case you haven’t already paid that one a visit.

    What’s your cable company? I’m pretty sure they carry BBC, it’s indeed a nice news station. And one that YOU might understand. So try to work it out on your TV …

    As for your Honorary Citizenship, no way, please don’t come across that cheap, you really have to put a little bit more of an effort into that. Btw, your twittering was shown here, might give you an additional chance to work on your German *lol*:
    http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/polizei-justiz/live-blog-zum-blitzueberfall-im-kadewe-15-menschen-mit-reizgas-verletzt-taeter-auf-der-flucht/11147460.html

    Feel free to ask any questions about Berlin. I actually do know a thing or two about this place …

    Best!

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  3. Gary G
    December 21, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

    Sounds like you are having a great adventure!

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    • Drop Me Anywhere
      December 22, 2014 @ 3:27 am

      Yes. It’s challenging. I’m learning much about the places, the people and myself. Not every location will be easy or will I love. But I travel to learn.

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  4. Drop Me Anywhere
    December 22, 2014 @ 3:33 am

    I’d imagine it would be tough with the weather, without the Christmas Markets to bring light and joy. I went to the market at Charlottenburg Palace the other night. I’ll be writing about it today. I was told about the Gendarmenmarket by the Australian and hope to go today or tomorrow.

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    • Frank
      December 22, 2014 @ 7:23 am

      Yes, those Christmas markets are great decoys from the weather. I wish we got some snow but there’s none in the forecast, too bad. It’s a good thing that there are quite a few of those markets all over Berlin. A selection of them is listed here (in English): http://www.berlin.de/en/christmas-markets/ .

      Check out the rather small fair near Alex behind the mall “Alexa”. There are some lovely rides, like “Commander” or that giant swing (forgot the name for the moment).or the big ferris wheel (great view!) Ride them BEFORE inhaling any Glühwein or eating too much. You’ll love all the lights, music and all those people enjoying themselves, especially the kids and the teenagers. Go there when it’s dark. It’s very crowded sometimes, especially on the w/e.

      There’s another Xmas market very close to Alex, right in front of the Red Town Hall. it sports another ferris wheel with a great view and a lovely lighted ice ring around the Neptune Fountain. If it’s not raining, it might be an opportunity to burn off some of those calories again …

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      • Frank
        December 22, 2014 @ 7:46 am

        Oh, I forgot to mention since you seem to be interested in Jewish history and just in case you didn’t know: There’s the Jewish Museum Berlin, designed by famous architect Libeskind, btw. See http://www.jmberlin.de/main/EN/homepage-EN.php

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        • Drop Me Anywhere
          December 22, 2014 @ 8:55 am

          Aah, yes, I plan to go there. My friend and I were discussing it on a Skype call last night.

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      • Drop Me Anywhere
        December 22, 2014 @ 8:54 am

        Yes, trying to get to more Christmas Markets. There are so many. I’ll go to another tomorrow. Visit Berlin actually gave me a list of them and all of their websites.

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