Thursday, July 14, 2005

DAY - 1
4:10 am - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai

Our flight seems to have arrived late from 'New Yark' and hence is delayed . Delayed by how much they don't say. The departure area consists of a miss and match of people - noisy NRI families, snoozing business travelers and the odd back packer. The experience till now has been pretty much painless.

** Thoughts breezing by **
- Indians don't change only their accents do
- Forming single lines is a very complex activity.

6:45 a.m Arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Dehli

On the Plane.

It's somewhat strange reading Thomas Friedmans' "Latitudes and Longitudes - The World in the Age of Terrorism". Strange for no other reason but I'm reading it on a plane, the object most of the world associates with terrorism itself. What makes this reading ironic is my destination, Berlin. The city Friedman and many thinkers think of the place where the world threw out socialism bringing the world closer. As Friedman himself puts it 11/9 the day the Berlin wall fell the world became smaller also incidently on 9/11 when the WTC towers came down some walls came up again.

12 : 36 p.m - Landed at Frankfurt Airport

On the Train to Berlin

2:56 p.m
I'm finally in Germany and presently on the 2:10 Inter City Express to Berlin. I remember being impressed by these trains on my last visit to germany in '98 their brilliant and fast too.
The people on the train are mainly german [understandably] who are entertaining themselves with varied occupation. The usual being sleeping or reading or working etc.
It's the peak of Summer and eventhough it's 30 degrees outside it's pretty cool and pleasant compared to the sultry bombay.
Looking out of the window you get to see allot wind mills - looks like Germany is really into renewable energy and this something I didn't notice this on my earlier trip for some reason may be it's a recent development.

** Thoughts Breezing By **
Watching railway tracks pass by at speed is like watching some one shuffle cards. They split into twos and threes and they combine up again. A satisfactory illusion the eyes.

Berlin -

5:45 pm

Berlin is parked with this undertone of coolness, your sense pick up immediately as your train rolls in, its red brick building greet you darning political graffiti and it's people ethnically diverse to it's history not always bright at it's present. I think I like Berlin - this I tell you being here only a few minutes.

[Travel - S-7 to Alexanderplatz ; U8 to Rosenthaler Platz ]
Our home for the night is The Circus Hostel. It's a mustard and creme turn of a century building at the corner of Rosenthaler platz in what was east berlin. The hostel itself has young pleasant vibe to it like most hostel do.

7:40 pm

My first of Berlin had to be authentic and authentic it was. There is nothing more berliner than doner kebab.


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