rudejet was curious as well. This was over a decade ago, but one I’ll never forget. Overall, I didn’t really enjoy my time in Germany like I thought I would, but I think that came down to heightened expectation (I’m an incurable Germanophile) and a very, very short visit. I found the people of Berlin as cold and distant as those of New York City (which I suppose is a characteristic of major cities anywhere). Luckily, we had a blast in Bavaria.
Our first evening in Berlin we had a destination in mind, some nightclub that some fellow traveler had recommended, but got completely lost. After a long walk around, we found some small, seedy place and walked in hoping to ask for directions. You could almost hear the record scratch to a stop as everyone almost instantly stopped talking, lowered their drinks, and just looked at us. It was like out of a comedy. Of course, as the only one who spoke any Deutsch, that was the cue for my mates to shove me forward. It was really awkward, but in fairness we must have been a sight.
I don’t think I was able to give Germany its due and very much look forward to a return visit. And that includes the food, though I’ll be more careful about the Käse!