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Überlin 1: Thursday 23/11

I fell in love with Berlin on my first visit in 2016, and I'd been looking forward to going back ever since. Last weekend I once again took advantage of Arakin's good nature, and sofabed, for a four-night stay.

Although I spent the journey to Stansted worrying about whether I'd miss the plane, or if I had in fact made a mistake and booked a flight on a different day entirely, everything went smoothly. The flight landed ahead of schedule and I got very excited about spotting the Teufelsberg listening station from the air.

(On landing, I saw an Aeroflot plane named the N. LOBACHEVSKY. When I told Arakin about this he immediately knew why I'd thought it was funny, and we spent much of our evening watching Tom Lehrer videos on YouTube, which is just one reason Arakin is a quality friend.)

I met Arakin for lunch near his office and he relieved me of my bag so I wouldn't have to carry it around all afternoon. Then I headed into the centre of town and the DDR Motorcycle Museum.

I'd heard of MZ and Jawa, but most of the marques on display were new to me. There were smart police escort bikes, sinister military machines for patrolling, and jolly mopeds capable of taking the whole family plus luggage for a healthy holiday at the seaside. I quite lost my heart to IWL's family of scooters - just look at them!

There was time for a quick visit to the Humana secondhand clothes shop, where I bought an orange shirt, before getting on the tram to Arakin's place. He and I converged on it simultaneously from different approaches, which was handy.

A short time later we were joined by my furry writer pal Rob, and the three of went out to dine at Zur Haxe, home of a large collection of plush animals alongside very traditional German cuisine i.e. ALL THE MEAT with ALL THE POTATOES and also CABBAGE.

I ordered Leberkäs even though neither of my companions could adequately tell me what it was:

ME: Is it Spam? It's Spam, isn't it?
THEM:...maaaaybeeee?

Luckily, it turned out to be more like a large, flat frankfurter, and delicious.

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I've liked Berlin since I first visited, it's a very interesting city.
Did you see the Brandenburg Gate? :)
It's hard not to :) I've just emptied the euros out of my wallet and discovered that the 50-cent pieces have the gate on!
Me too - this was my second visit, and I just love it. I'll be back!
Did you find the Spy Museum while you were there?

I saw it last time I was in Berlin, but didn;t go in because it was close to closing time when we saw it. It sounds like the kind of thing that might be up your street though.

https://www.visitberlin.de/en/german-spy-museum
I went on my previous visit, and loved it - highly recommended!
On landing, I saw an Aeroflot plane named the N. LOBACHEVSKY.

One man deserves the credit, one man deserves the blame... o/~

It's actually kind of an unfair song, though, insofar as that Lobachevsky was and remains a respected, highly-regarded mathematician who does not in the least deserve to be associated with plagiarism of any kind.

That said, it's catchy.

very traditional German cuisine i.e. ALL THE MEAT with ALL THE POTATOES and also CABBAGE.

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Leberkäs is... kind of like what SPAM® would be like if it was made by local butchers according to secret old family recipes, I guess. I'm not fond of the stuff – I prefer unprocessed meat –, but to compare it with a canned product would not do it justice. :)
It is the only thing I know about Lobachevsky, which does seem unfair. But then, without the song I wouldn't have heard of him at all!

I am kind of awful for processed meat; I prefer my meat not to look like an animal. Haxe itself made me think of something you'd pick up in a videogame to boost your character's health :)
Haxe itself made me think of something you'd pick up in a videogame to boost your character's health :)

It does a bit, doesn't it. ^^ Very tasty, though, when done right.

There's actually another Tom Lehrer song that mentions these, in a different context—

For paradise, the southland is my nominee /
Just give me a ham hock and a grit of hominy...

Oh yes! We found a wonderful video of a performance he did in Denmark, and that was one of the songs.