BY GABRIELLE HUGHES
(photos by LauraLynne Duffy)
Before I divulge into hints about my current location, let me first describe how we got here.
Rather than staying in Berlin a third night, LL and I booked beds on the City Night Line, a train that travels during nighttime hours, and brings you to your destination by morning. For whatever reason, I thought we’d have our own little compartment, with sleeper sofas and a nice window to look out; instead, we were packed into a minuscule room with six bunks, and four strange roommates.
You’re basically expected just to sleep on this train, as there’s literally nothing else to do. We departed Berlin around 8 pm, and our night consisted of walking through all the cabins looking for a dining car (there wasn’t one), then going to bed. We woke up to a brand new country, and as soon as we got off the train, we were forced to adjust our mental language settings; I think we were equally sad that “haaaallo” and “danke” were no longer valid.
Location #4 is one of the largest cities in Europe, and we knew we wouldn’t be able to see it all. Also, there would be no day trips to smaller cities like Göttingen or Hamburg (mystery locations 2 & 3). Ultimately, we decided to spend our two days here visiting parks and landmarks, with no concrete agenda.
After checking into our hostel, we found a park that my friend recommended visiting. This was an incredible suggestion, as it is located on a hill, and stands as the highest park in the city; at its summit, you can even stand out on a terrace and see the city in its entirety. The only low-point was finding out the park’s idyllic wooden playground was closed for the season, which prevented me from having more fun.
We then went back to where we we’re staying (in the Red Light District, nonetheless), and had drinks until midnight. Subsequently, a car pulled up and brought us to the 1920s, where we met up with my good friend Ernest Hemingway, and I showed him my travel blog.
Today, LL and I visited several of the city’s numerous landmarks. For the most part, they’re all situated along one line, making it easy for us to go from one to the next. I’m going to stop here because if I say anything further, especially about a particular metallic tower, you’re automatically going to know where I am.
Until next time, au revoir.