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Created this blog to document my travels, experiences & thoughts thru Central & South America but hell plan to blog my travels to where ever. Goofy harmless Free Spirit hoping to spend most of my time with locals & enjoy the world! So hang on as I travel, drink cervezas, raise a little hell, maybe piss off a few people & hopefully not give Canadians a bad reputation! Of course don't do these things on purpose but while having a good time well "Shit Happens"!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hung out in Munich & Berlin before heading home after 6 awesome months of travelling!!

Well made it out of Amsterdam with all my senses intact which was better than I expected. Returned to Munich where I parted company with my German friend A.

Then since I was leaving for Berlin the next day I stayed at a hostel right by the Main Train Station to catch a train to the airport. The hostel was a bit of a party hostel but wasn't in the mood for partying. Cus all the others in my 6 person Dorm were heading on a Pub Crawl. Shit I thought not another Pub Crawl as still remember the last Pub/Club Crawl in Amsterdam! (check my previous posting) so didn't feel like going. Well probably was just as well I didn't go cus they were back in 2 hrs. They said it wasn't that great probably cus it was free so it wasn't well organized. Plus there were no free drinks which is really one of the main attractions in going along with the number of chicks on the Crawl! So everyone hung around the dorm room and started drinking. But since I didn't have any drinks and didn't want to go get any so decided to have a smoke with my vaporizer! Well then some of the others had a hit off the vaporizer. So we must have been making a bit of noise cus the guy running the hostel came by to ask us to quiet down. So what does the dude do but say "u guys should have the windows closed cus of the noise!" Yeah but so what as there probably weren't ppl living in the area but only bars, restuarants & other hostels! Then I thought shit we've been smoking the vaporizer in the dorm room. But shit vaporizer don't smell like smoke which is why I was using it, duh!! Anyway a couple of the guys passed on someone else's bunk. Christ what I thought was going to be a early quiet night turned into a big drunk and stoned time without leaving my dorm room!

So the next day I headed to the airport to catch my 43 Euro ($60) flight to Berlin. Luckily I was staying close to the train station as had to catch a train to get to the airport & had about 1 hr to get there. But figured no problem as had taken the same train to this airport only a week before when we flew to Amsterdam! But that was my mistake cus I didn't remember which train to catch as A had done all the work of getting us to the airport. I forgot that train to the airport was kind of convoluted as it went in sort of a oval loop & the 2 trains going to the airport went in opposite directions. So to make a long story short well caught the wrong train and to make matters worse I couldn't find terminal 1 where i was suppose to go. But knew where terminal 2 was cus left from there a week before. Then of course the check in counter was closed when I got there. So shit I had to buy another tkt which cost me 160 Euros ($200). Whenever I do something stupid and it cost me money to correct the stupidity well I call it paying an Idiot Tax!

But I wasn't the only person having to pay an Idiot Tax as a German chick was also late and had to buy another tkt! So had someone to comminserate (she could speak English yes!!!!) with over a coffee! We had to wait about 6 hrs for the next flt to Berlin as was glad it was the same day as had a reservation in a hostel in Berlin! Cus I had been smart enough to call the hostel from Munich to reserve a room as had this German chick explain my situation of missing my flt.

Well when we landed in Berlin found out that we landed at the older East German airport not the more international airport where I was to leave for London in couple of days! As usual was lucky to have a German chick to explain which train, etc to get to downtown where my hostel was located.

Check out the cool glasses that this chick on my Munich to Berlin flight had. They're Pinhole glasses, also known as stenopeic glasses, are eyeglasses with a series of pinhole-sized perforations filling an opaque sheet of plastic in place of each lens. Similar to the workings of a pinhole camera, each perforation allows only a very narrow beam of light to enter the eye which reduces the size of the circle of confusion on the retina and increases depth of field. In eyes with refractive error, the result is often a clearer image. Unlike conventional prescription glasses, pinhole glasses produce a clear image without the pincushion effect around the edges (which makes straight lines appear curved).. Hey I'm going to get a pair for myself cus my eyesight isn't the best plus wear sunglasses often cus am sensitive to light! Well I thought they were kind of a cool glasses even if they were unconventional!

In Berlin went to this hostel which was really cool as it had a cafe and a outdoor terrace. So went out to enljoy the sun & met a couple of cool brothers from Brazil. We were sitting there talking and met a cool African-American chick from Mobile, Alabama who had been working in the Middle East for the past few y ears. So after a salam malakim & malakim salam
.she told us that she thought we were having a smoke so she rushed over to participate. We weren't smoking but that was easily changed as I brought out some weed (which I think lasted way into the early morning). So we ended up smoking on the terrace for a few hours. Then the 2 Brazilian brothers told us they and a couple of other Brazilians were heading to this concert that night. Kristen and I didn't speak Portuguese but decided to go cus at least had someone to talk to in English.

We ended up at this club or whatever it was near the old Berlin wall. I didn't realize what it was but the others told me as I wondered why all the funky graffitti was about all over it.

Somehow Kristen and I lost the Brazilians so just hung out there for a couple hrs I think. We were both stoned so we weren't sure how to get back to the hostel . Well at least I didn't have a clue but luckily I was hanging out with someone who remembered how and where we go to get back to the hostel. All I remember is finding this train station to get back. But what was strange is there were no people on the platform so it seemed like a deserted town ant it was only about 2 am. So we thought maybe the trains had already stopped running. Shit I was thinking don't tell me we have to take an expensive taxi back to the hostel. Also was concerned as had an early morning flight to London and back home.But we waited patiently for a train and sure as hell one showed up as guess the station we were at wasn' t a particularly busy station.

It was funny cus we figured out which station to get off the train. Then Kristen got interested in this minature train set in a show case. So we must have spent 10 or 15 mins looking at it as we 'woo'd and awh'd about it. It was nice but probably could chalk up most of our interest to the fact that we were both quite wasted.

Then I got hungry but like most of Germany & probably all European countries there weren't a lot of places to get some food at 3 am other than Kebabs! So thought I'd get a salad cus tired of Kebabs. So the guy gives me the salad and some salad dressing which I put in my pocket. Unfortunately didn't realize that wasn't a good idea cus by the time I got to the hostel to eat the salad. Well the dressing had opened and got all over my pocket and my phone. So shit there was my phone all covered with salad dressing. Now tried to clean it off but being wasted so well thought shit why don't I just wash it. So got it clean but duh it didn't work now. LIke I don't really need a phone cus never call anyone or receive any calls but use it as a watch or alarm cloc. Like the next morning when I had to get up to catch my flight!

Dam wrecking my phone/alarm clock really hurt cus I had this flight at 11 am so told the guy at the front desk if someone could wake me up around 8 am so I could have the breakfast included in the price. Then I could still have time to catch a bus to the airport. But hell I slept in cus the guy never woke me up and I had no idea what time it was. But found out it was 930 am so had to hurry and catch a taxi to get my 11 am flt. Well got to the airport by 10 30 and rushed cus figured shit the check in counter was probably already closed. So figured this is great as missed another flt like I did in Munich. But it was my lucky day cus the counter was still open as ppl were still checking in. Then realized that shit this was probably one of the most disorganized airports that I had been too. Shit thought all Germany was always efficient and organized. But hell they only had one security line for all the passengers. So here it was 11 am and I'm still in the line to get thru security. So of course the flt was delayed until we all got on board. Then since the flight was delayed getting to London. Well I was late for my connection to my flight to Vancouver. So got British Airways to pay for a meal voucher cus didn't have any British pounds to buy dinner. Then hung around for 4 hrs to catch my flight to Vancouver.

Well since I got on the flight at the last min well got assigned a seat in the back of the plane. So got seated next to an Iranian woman and her daughter. Well I didn't talk to her all night until the next morning cus she was sleeping when the breakfast came. So I went and got her the breakfast so later she told me she realized that I must be nice even tho I was a real weird, wild looking person for a conservative Iranian. So we talked as I asked her a few questions about Iranians cus never talked to any before and she looked kind nice! She was also interested in my life style, etc as she never met anyone like me before too I guess.

I don't remember how it happened but we became friends on Facebook. So for about a wk or more whenever I got on Facebook well she would open up a chat with me on FB. Hell I found her interesting as how many chances do I get to chat with a Muslim woman. A couple times we chatted for a couple hours as she wanted to know about me and vice versa. Also don't know how but guess I asked what kind of food do Iranians eat. So she said maybe she'd invite me to her place for an Iranian meal. But shit she was married and I've read where a Muslim husband could be really pissed at their wife if they felt there was a hint of adultery! Shit they kind of into stoning women for committing this. Well I had no thought of being a part of this so was a bit concerned. But it became no problem cus I said a bunch of things as I usually say whatever I wanted as don't give a shit. So all this made her realize that we came from way different cultural backgrounds. Well I didn't want to really be part of all this anymore since we were so different so we mutually removed each other from being friends on Facebook! So yeah that was a pretty crazy experience as never met or talked to a conservative religious Muslim before which was what made it so interesting to me I guess!

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