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Planning for Berlin in summer 2009 March 3, 2009

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People who follow me on Twitter will know that I have booked an airline ticket to Germany so that I can spend the summer in Berlin. The primary purpose of this trip is to improve my German language skills (such as they are :)

I intend to enroll at a school at attend class for say four days per week as well as, of course, having close to three months of full on exposure to the language.

I am also going to use this opportunity to make some short trips elsewhere in Europe. Although I have travelled to Europe five times I am not well travelled. I have only visited Germany (3 times) UK, London (4 times) and Italy (2 times, many years ago).

I have started to look for somewhere to live in Berlin. This is not an easy process. There are a number of websites that one can use to look for accommodation. However it seems to me that the best ones are only in German. That is no surprise really.

This task has highlighted just how poor my German skills are, even after almost two years of learning. Those websites might as well be in Chinese. They use a technical vocabulary that I am not familiar with; some words are not even in the dictionary. I can hardly read anything! Very disappointing and frustrating.

Luckily my German friends have come to the rescue and offered to help. I am going to need it. Can’t do this one on my own.

Berlin drawings by Paul Salamone July 1, 2008

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Well I now have two months until I depart for Berlin. I am so looking forward to the trip. Therefore I was very pleased today to find these excellent drawings by Paul Salamone. Apparently Paul is an American graphic artist living in Berlin and these drawings are his observation of the city. Based on what I have seen of Berlin, I would have to agree with many of his observations. Check the drawings out here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/psalamone/sets/72157605859449254/