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More from Mitte

‘lo, 

End of the working week today (assuming this is finished/published on Friday and not three weeks hence or whatever). Yesterday, I was feeling somewhat drained folks, a combination of post-holiday fatigue and Wednesday’s office lunch which began at 12.30, moved to the pub around 3pm and where we remained for eight hours. It wasn’t a pretty sight when I came home. The food was very good (hats off in particular to the sweet pumpkin dish), the company pleasant, the crackers appalling and the twenty or so games of Spyfall very welcome.

Picking up from the last blog entry, the rest of the Berlin trip was pretty quiet, pretty chilled. I was able to wander around the city mostly unaffected by ankle problems and as reported, my shoes and I have reached a state of détente. I think that all in all, I visited a dozen Xmas markets, most of which were the usual tat but the ones at Alexanderplatz and outside the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church had more arts and crafts and handmade goods than the others. I bought a couple of odds and sods (pictures maybe in the next blog entry), drank some Glüwein, ate some bratwurst and dodged the pickpockets – there was one who wasn’t being discreet but after a fierce scowl, she skulked off.

General shopping: not much. Only bought a single pullover in a sale which is a massive change from the usual haul. Sweets & chocolate – naturally although that’ll mostly be given away. Except the Ritter Sport and the Riesen Pieces. I also bought myself a Lego kit of Berlin from the Architecture range. You build your own mini Reichstag, Fernsehenturn, Mauer, Victory Monument, DB Tower and Brandenberg Tor. Spent an hour last night putting it together, very enjoyable. Was tempted by a couple of the board games which had English rules included but ultimately wimped out. And at the Video Game Museum (I had three hours to kill between leaving the hotel and heading to the airport), I bought a Monkey Island towel and a Gameboy cookie cutter. Geek-chic at its finest.

What was old and what was new about this trip? I finally made it to the Communication Museum which was a nice way to spend the Sunday morning – well, it was either that or get drowned in the rain. Worth a trip, especially with a mere €4 entry fee. I also went to a new bunch of eateries – Café Em about ten minutes from the hotel, a Vietmanese café just up the road from the Hotel, few other places that don’t necessarily stick out in my head but were nonetheless all good fare. Of course a lot of time was spent gawping at Xmas markets. Probably spent more time around Kreuzberg and Mitte this time compared with other areas of Berlin. 

Think I need to head out to Spandau and/or Potsdam next time, definitely want to have a day trip to either Leipzig, Dresden or Warsaw. And I’m going to visit the Stasi Museum for sure as well as another museum on the Island.

Really Pushing It…

In terms of reportage, there’s very little to disseminate as last night was a quiet night. I did make a point of walking past the Köln Christmas Market on the South Bank for a good old nosey around but was disappointed because there was little variance on last year. And to be even more of a bitch, I kinda hoped that as the market progressed, the more traditional German goods would appear like the Markets I knew as a kid. But it’s typical mass market stuff for the most part with a clear bias to food and drink; though not entirely unexpected given the patrons here in the UK. I suspect a day trip over to Birmingham might yield more promising results.

The only other thing I can write about (which won’t get me into trouble) is the continuing saga of the RTW game I’m still playing as the Julii. I have 41 territories and I’ve only just split with Rome after manoeuvring my armies into position for an all out attack. I have five armies assaulting central Italy, four armies in modern day Poland and Germany ready to sweep east and south at the recently conquered Scythian lands and six armies in Africa – three having absorbed the Kingdom of Numidia and ready to join the other three at Leptis Magna where as attack from the Scipii (who’ve just slaughtered the Egyptians) await. There’s also two spare (obsolete) armies in Spain awaiting an upgrade before they can join in with the fun and another in Sicily which is attempting a quick one-two punch on Syracuse and Massila. My armies have also crushed one SPQR army and two Scipii armies outside Rome whilst my assassin (who died of old age) managed to execute at least eight family members in the run up to the assault. It’s quite an exciting phase of the game as I think that only the Parthians and Egypt remain the non-Roman powers and Egypt is reduced to Cirta.

If there were no quiz tonight, I’d rush home to finish off the game.

One thing prevaricating as a task that needs to be done is to take a bunch of people to task for stopping calling/texting/emailing because they’re too wrapped up in themselves or too lazy to do so. But to do so would almost certainly be seen as a finality. It’s just frustrating and knowing where one stands would be useful. Again I wonder if my lack of Facecrap availability is contributing towards thing but how long does it take to tap out a text message?