(12/4) I arrived at Frankfurt airport this morning at 8 a.m. and I have checked into my room at Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin. I should be here for a few months, so it will be interesting to learn the new living style and peoples day-to-day activities. I’ll check back in tomorrow!
(12/5) Well, my first day was very exciting. I toured the Brandenburg Gate which is an 18th-century neoclassical monument. Then I ate at a restaurant called Marjellchen and had a dish called Pork Knuckle which is a chunk of meat just above the ankle of the pig.
Today I also visited Kurfürstendamm which is one of the most famous avenues in Berlin. This street was named after the former Kurfürsten of Brandenburg (which was one of the rulers in Brandenburg). The culture here is very different from back home. By law, every country in the European Union has at least four work weeks of paid vacation. So if I ever moved here and got a job, I would know that I have 4 weeks of paid vacation!
They do not speak much English here. College educated Germans understand more English then they can speak. It’s been hard when buying things and going places because not a lot of people speak English so I have to resort to google translate for everything.
(12/6) Today, I saw on the news that an 18-year-old teenager had is license taken just 49 minutes after passing the test. He had been traveling 60 mph in a 30mph zone with 4 of his friends in the car. Today I also went to JONES ice cream and had one of their famous flavors, banana chocolate, and marshmallow. It was the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted. That’s all for now, I’ll send you another letter in the mail soon.