Bern – Capital of Switzerland (8 Jan 2010)...

On my last full day in Europe, Désirée was nice enough to drive me to Bern to spend the day. But before we left, we checked out Jamie’s kindergarten. It was really big and super clean with all new looking desks and whatnot. Very cool. Reminded me of being in kindergarten. Unfortunately, because of child protection laws I am...

Munich – Beer Capital of the World (5-7 Jan 2010)...

I got into Munich late at night and even though the hostel was less than 200m from the train station, I still got lost getting there. But I got to walk past a local Circus in town: Krone Circus. I could tell even before I saw the signs that animals were around. The smell was very powerful. The hostel...

Prague – So much History (2-4 Jan 2010)...

I arrived in Prague at 10am after stretching out across 3 seats in the train and sleeping the whole way. I had an hour to drop my stuff at the hostel, check in, and get to the meeting point for the free walking tour. After the Berlin one, I was determined to take one at each city I visited...

Pergamon & the Living City (1 Jan. 2010)...

I woke around 10am to find out that I had more time than I thought left at the apartment before I was kicked out. I decided to make good use of the extra time and go to the Pergamon Museum on Museum Island. I got there around noon and the queue was about half a futbol field long. But...

Silvester 2009/2010 @ Brandenburger Tor...

Definition: In Europe, New Year’s is called Silvester. Hence, New Year’s Parties are called Silvester Parties. I went to the biggest Silvester Party in the world on New Year’s Eve 2009. Some skeptics say it was number 2 in size, but those nay sayers are doubters. This party was held from the Brandenburg Gate to the Lady of Victory....

Berlin – Pre New Year (29-31 Dec)...

I arrived in Berlin in the morning after having to rig a bed sleeping on the seats in the train. After meeting Susanne, my second au pair, at the corner near her brother’s apartment in East Berlin, I took a shower and we went out with Bea, her friend, to do some low-key exploring of Berlin. Susanne’s brother Urs...