Saturday, December 3, 2016

Life in Berlin

I feel like I've gotten so far behind on the blog that I skip over the days we're in Berlin, which is not fair.  We've done a lot of cool stuff in Berlin since being here and it's definitely worth documenting.  Two of the highlights being that we've gone to two concerts, Three Doors Down and Red Hot Chili Peppers!

Three Doors Down was first and it was an experience. The concert hall was literally around the corner from our apartment and it was pretty small.  We didn't buy tickets ahead of time, so I went at 5:30 when doors were supposed to open to get them while Mike came home from class. At six thirty, after an hour of waiting outside, tickets went on sale and doors opened.  I came back home with Mike to warm up while he ate dinner quickly before we headed back out at 7:00. We found spots on the balcony and were excited for the concert to begin.  After waiting 45 minutes, the opening band came on and they were TERRIBLE.  The funniest part of it was that they thought they were so cool. They said things like "Put your hands up if you believe in rock n roll!"  They played for 45 minutes and it was pretty obvious that everyone was just waiting for them to finish.  Well, everyone except for the man next to Mike who was just totally in the zone dancing and singing.  It was great.

The opening band finished around 8:40 and we were excited to finally see 3 Doors Down.  I'm pretty understanding when it comes to time in between sets, but we ended up waiting for 45 minutes for them to get everything set up and ready.  I told Mike at one point that I was going to go home if they didn't come on by 9:30 because it was getting ridiculous.  Luckily, at 9:30, they came on and were ready to go.  People were excited and the energy that had disappeared came back.  They put on a great show and I was surprised at how many songs I knew and still remembered.   Not only was the guy next to Mike dancing and singing, but so was everyone else around us. Unfortunately, they only played for about and hour and we were home by 10:45. We were pretty annoyed because we spent so much time waiting for them and only ended up seeing them for about an hour, but for the hour that they performed, they were great!

The day that my parents left, we had tickets for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  This concert was a lot bigger and was at the big sports arena in Berlin.  Unlike 3 Doors Down, this opening band was actually pretty good, albeit a little strange. They were an American techno-y band, but had all sorts of weird dance moves and lighting.  Their music was pretty good though and got everyone pumped for Red Hot Chili Peppers.   Luckily, unlike last time, it didn't take 45 minutes to switch sets and RHCP made their appearance less than 20 minutes later.  Their performance was great and the entire arena was singing along at parts of different songs.  Unfortunately, the entire performance was only about an hour long.  Overall, it was a fun concert, but we wish it had been longer.

We've also met our neighbors from the second floor. We met them when they received one of our packages and then ended up getting invited over for dinner one night. He's an American and she's German and they lived in Brooklyn until about a year ago when they moved here.  They're a little bit older than us and have a three year old son, but we had a lot of fun discussing the differences between the United States and Germany.

Mike's classes are in full swing, although his professors seem to cancel class a decent amount.  He never seems to have the same schedule as the week before.  I don't get it, but luckily he seems to.

We got our Christmas tree and decorated the apartment. We bought the tree from an IKEA parking lot (seems to be a trend since we got our tree last year from IKEA) and it fit in the car! Apparently, tying it to the top is not a thing here.  Instead, they store it in the car.  After cutting the bottom off ourselves, we spent the afternoon decorating and listening to Christmas music.  It truly feels like Christmas!

We're preparing for two weeks of Olmsted visitors in Berlin! We're so excited that people want to visit us now and are allowed to come!  I'm sure December will FLY by because as soon as our visitors leave, we leave for vacation, but we are so happy to show people around our new home.  Plus, the city is all decked out for Christmas and it has this winter-y charm that just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Life has been so busy and I feel like we haven't been home for more than a week (without visitors) in forever, but it's been a lot of fun.  We've had so many visitors and there is so much to see in Berlin that we always have something new to try.  I still miss home and will be kissing the ground when we land next summer, but life isn't too shabby over here in Berlin :)

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