My new apartment :)

I learned a valuable lesson recently. You should never agree to move into a new apartment without seeing it first, no matter how temporary the arrangement may be! I was intending to stay somewhere for a month until I found somewhere more permanent. I didn’t have a chance to see it before moving in; the pictures looked fine though, so I figured it’d do. On moving in, I found out that it came with a screaming child covered in filth, a kitchen full of rubbish and dirty diapers and the bed in my room was full of food and dirt. I stripped the bed down to the mattress, cleaned it as best I could and tried to go to sleep. I then began puking my insides out (food poisoning) and bailed off to a hotel around lunch time where I stayed for two days until moving just out of the city to a house kindly lent by my friend Caroline. I told the landlord that I wasn’t intending to stay there because it was too dirty and that I’d return the keys some time before October 19th, when my rent was paid until. She was furious and demanded I return the keys immediately. Somehow she missed the logic that I had no reason to return keys for a room I was still paying rent for. I won’t bore you with the whole conversation, but here’s the highlights …

Tomorrow my husband will be be here. We will find you anyway, you cant hide … I
have all details from you. We will find you anyway … Pray to god that we will not find, you you dont know us!
Edited for Grammar and spelling corrections

The police have now had a chat with her and have asked her to come to the police station where she can pick up her keys (which I left with them). Sheesh.

After that debacle, I moved into an AirBNB place for a few days before moving into my much newer, much cleaner, and all round awesome little apartment :) I have three rooms, one is more of a hallway, a living area and my bedroom (which is oddly triangle shaped) and a shared bathroom/kitchen. A quick trip to IKEA had me fully kitted out with furniture. Awesomesauce :)

ringbahn-living-room

ringbahn-bedroom

If you have any advice on how to fit a rectangular bed into a triangular bedroom, please let me know in the comments :)

Berlin Mauerweg

I decided it was a good idea to cycle the entire length of the Berlin Wall (Berlin Mauerweg). 160 km’s later, and I feel a tad wrecked, but it was definitely worth the effort :) There wasn’t much left to indicate the wall was there originally. The guard towers are mostly pulled down and most of the open spaces are overgrown or built on now. But it’s definitely a good trip to make. Cycling the wall route is an excellent way to get a feel for how long the border the communists were attempting to lock in was. Thanks to Marty, Martine, Robinson, James, Tina and Jenny for an awesome and exhausting day out :)

Jenny charging hard!

Me (Ryan Hellyer) standing in front of a guard tower on the Berlin wall route

early-morning-view

The group cycling on the Berlin wall route

The group cycling on the Berlin wall route

Abandoned amusement park

Whilst wandering around Treptower park, I stumbled across an amusement park called “Spreepark” which has been abandoned since 2001. Apparently the owners of the insolvent company shipped some of the rides to Peru in 2002. They were only allowed to ship them there for “repair” purposes. It turned out that the owner was setting up a new park in Peru, but after this failed, he attempted to send one of the rides back to Germany, but it was stopped at the border due to having 180 kg of cocaine inside it!

Ride at Spreepark amusement park in Berlin

Ride at Spreepark amusement park in Berlin

Spreepark amusement park in Berlin

Train at Spreepark amusement park in Berlin

Messerschmitt Me 262

The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the world’s first fighter jet, and I got see one at the Berlin airshow :) These things were the menace of the allied air forces towards the end of world war 2, and many experts believe that if they’d been operational a year earlier, that they could have helped Germany change the direction of the war and lead to a very different world than the one we live in today.

Messerschmitt Me 262

Messerschmitt Me 262

Messerschmitt Me 262