Transportation can be very cheap in Germany. On the weekends, one can take the ‘Schönes Wochenende’ ticket (translates to ‘Beautiful Weekend’) to anywhere in Germany. The ticket is 44 euros and up to 5 people can ride on one ticket BUT you can only take local transport. We started in Antwerp and only 7 transfers and 14 hours later, we were in Berlin!
500ml of beer = $0.60. Cheaper than water and just as plentiful.
We hung out by remnants of the old Berlin wall by the spree, drinking beers with Tim and trying to come up with a name for his solo project. (‘The Anxious Anus’ and ‘Gooch Parachute’ were amongst the forerunners.)
The next day, Tim and I played a secret show at a new venue in Wedding. Tim played first, followed by me; our shows went really well. The crowd was great and the sound wasn’t bad. Then SPT went onstage, but before he could finish his set, the police were called and he had to end his set mid-song. LEX, the British hip hop headliner didn’t even get to set foot onstage. We were all pretty bummed about not getting to see LEX perform, but had to heed the strict Berlin sound laws, which forbade loud music after 10pm.
Robert and I met in Berlin, so we felt right at home staying at his old room-mates’ place. We did laundry! We showered! We slept really well! I played ping pong for the first time ever against Simon and Jo who are seasoned professionals, and I kicked their asses!! (Well, I won once out of thirty matches…)
1 Berlin show down, 2 more to go…