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We Meet In Berlin

October 12th, 2009 at 5:05 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

Monday, October 12, 2009 – After some hearty coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in Schipol airport, we had a leisurely hour long flight to Berlin on a half empty plane.

Hot chocolate on a stick at Cafe Chocolat at Schipol Airport

Hot chocolate on a stick at Cafe Chocolat at Schipol Airport

All of our bags made it and we grabbed a taxi to our hotel while Jake conversed in German with our taxi driver, learning about various sites we were passing as well as other local color.

Rain awaits us as we arrive at Tegel Airport in Berlin

Rain awaits us as we arrive at Tegel Airport in Berlin

We got to our hotel around 10:30am, and our rooms were not yet ready, so the guest relations manager showed us to the spa, had our luggage delivered and we were able to take a swim (only Jake, since he was the only who brought his bathing suit on this trip) and showers to freshen (and wake) up.

Krystyana and Bas collapse from jet lag at our hotel in Berlin

Krystyana and Bas collapse from jet lag at our hotel in Berlin

Our rooms still were not quite ready an hour later so we grabbed a small (and unbelievable pricey – a 200 ml / 8 oz. diet Coke was about $11!) lunch in the lobby lounge, and then finally settled into our rooms. The kids were so exhausted from jet lag that they collapsed in bed and slept before even unpacking. We followed their lead a short while later and enjoyed a couple of hours of blissful sleep.

View from our hotel window of the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin

View from our hotel window of the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin

Krystyana, Mike, Linda, and Bas before the Reichstag in Berlin

Krystyana, Mike, Linda, and Bas before the Reichstag in Berlin

At 4pm Jake’s brother Mike, a Berlin-native for more than the last decade, met us at the hotel and gave us a short walking tour of the surrounding area, which includes the famous Brandenburger Tor (gate), the Reichstag, the Bundestag, and more of the Unter den Linden street our hotel is located on. We were not quite prepared for how cold and wet Berlin was, so we found it necessary to stop for tea and coffee, as well as some “kuchen” (cake) at a local café.

Bas cannot wait to eat the poppy seed tart at the German cafe

Bas cannot wait to eat the poppy seed tart at the German cafe

Mike had to get back to work after that, so we parted ways and grabbed dinner at the first available non-Italian restaurant we found. That was at the Bollywood Restaurant, purveyors of fine Indian cuisine, just a few blocks from our hotel. It was a great meal, albeit not particularly German in nature.

We found a bottle of Sekt (German sparkling wine) waiting for us in the room, along with a few treats, compliments of hotel management, all of which we enjoyed while winding our way down to try and sleep through the night and sync up our body clocks with the local one – a six hour time difference from home on Bonaire.

The champagne, along with a nice bath, helped Linda and I quickly fall into restful slumber, and amazingly we all slept until mid-morning the next day, with no ill jet lag effects.