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Überlin 5: Monday 27/11

With Arakin off to work and a couple of hours to kill before I needed to be back at the airport, I set out into a sunny but eyewateringly cold morning to have a farewell coffee with my scooter forum friend.

Marcy had kindly picked a hipster café near an S-bahn station that would take me directly to Schönefeld, so I couldn't mess it up. With decor lovingly crafted from crates, and Fleet Foxes on the sound system, I felt very at home.

We talked bikes, Berlin and conventions (furry and Star Trek), and agreed that I should come back in warmer weather and hire a scooter. Then I walked to the station and had a pleasant journey through the winter countryside, spotting a kestrel and a Mitropa dining-car (as seen in the DDR Museum) along the way.

I had time for a gin and tonic in the lounge, followed by coffee and cake, before my flight was called suspiciously early so we could all stand in a queue at the gate for half an hour.

The flight and my journey through Stansted were smooth, though, and I made it home in time for Remington Steele on 5USA.

Verdict: still in love with Berlin. Going back sooner rather than later.



A most excellent trip in good company. I should like to go back to Germany someday myself, however impractical that may be :)

An out of the blue question:
Have you any desire to own a larger bike, say something north of 1000cc cruiser-ish type machine (vs. a death wish sports bike :) ?

Hm, not really - 500 to 800 is fine for my needs, which are mostly commuting with the occasional longer trip, and the insurance and road tax would get pretty high after that.

This is the biggest thing I've owned, and it had more power than I needed really (though it was fun): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/scooters/2751291/Gilera-GP800-Have-a-hoot-as-you-commute.html
So many bikes I've never heard of in the world! :) I need a 12 step program for my torque addiction :P

I had forgotten taxes on, well everything, are insanely high there, sigh...

Also saw this:

Yikes, that's a horrifying article. I didn't realise it had got so bad.
Happy New Year! :)
And to you!
Thanks! :)