Sunday, December 02, 2007

If only....

If only Amazon would let you put one of these on your wish list....

The Saab 93 Turbo X, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. 2.8 V6 turbo engine, 280bhp, all wheel drive and big 'feck off' 19 inch wheels. Lovely jubbly!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Song de jour!!

Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse - Valerie

Is it as good as the original by the Zutons????

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

FHTW Berlin

Since i've been here almost 3 months now, I think its time I wrote about the university i'm in.

FHTW stands for "Fachhochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft", which basically means University of Applied Sciences. The main campus, where i'm located is on Treskowallee in East Berlin, not too far from where I live., thankfully! The first things I was told about the college building itself were that is was cold, grey, dark and dull, which it is, but that was coming from someone who's been there for 3 years. However when I first seen it I thought it looked pretty alright. Yes, it was old and now that winter has settled in, it does look quite dark, but at the time all I could see was the German architecture and the kind of building you saw in movies made about the area. I was fascinated with the different faces and heads carved on the outside walls and just the general appearance of the thing.

Thats just the main building but the whole campus itself is bigger. There's also the language building (which is genuinely ugly, regardless of which way you look at it or the time of year) and the computer building which are separate from the main campus. It lively enough and has all the usual college campus stuff like a cafeteria etc etc. The picture below is the centre of the campus, in other words behind the main building in the above picture.

The college has been in existence in some shape or form since 1874 and like DIT, came around with the unification of smaller institutes. I'm finding it hard to get information on the buildings themselves but from what I can tell it was always a college. I also cant find much on how it was affected by the war but i'll keep looking. The college has just under 10,000 students, half of which are located where I am. They mostly do engineering and design courses. They even have their own fashion label, 30paarhaen, designed and run by the students.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


What is the point of a sliced pan with 5 SLICES!!!! What do ya do with the last slice when you've made 2 sandwiches???

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Greatest day....EVER!!!

I should say before I begin that if you don't have an interest in cars and the band 'The Hives' then you probably wont be as excited as I was.

It started like any other any other Wednesday. I had a meeting with a group i'm doing a presentation with at 10.30 and then I was off for the day. While on the bus tour with the parents last Sunday I seen a part of the city I hadn't explored yet so I thought i'd go and have a look. It was a nice part of town on the west side of the city and after a few mistakes on the train and 5 different train stations later, I eventually found the street I was looking for.

This is where things got interesting. Since it was a nice part of town, there were a lot of nice cars! There were a few Porches, Bentlys and the odd Mercedes for good measure. But then I heard a strange noise, something i'd never heard before. At first I thought it was the old dog sitting beside me waiting to cross the road, but then I realised it was one of these flying past me...

A Porsche Carrera GT!!! I'd only ever seen pictures and then there was one whissing past me. AND THE NOISE!!!! I had to sit down for a second and just try to figure out what just happened!!!

So after I regained consciousness, so to speak, I kept walking and came upon a Mercedes store. Then it happened all over again, except the noise. There was one of these in the window....

A Mercedes McClaren SLR Convertible!!!! Again, I have never seen one of these in the flesh, not to mention the convertible model!! So I stood there for a while and drooled and wished and hoped and imagined!! After being asked to leave for the 5th time I decided to maybe move on. What I hadn't noticed when I walked in was a car parked on the street that looked like this...

A Ferrari Hamann 612!! Now a normal Ferrari 612 would've been incredible, but one of these was just unbelievable!! Amazed that I could still walk at this stage, I 'staggered' down the street when all of a sudden I came across a BMW store. I think you can see where this is going!! There, in the window, was the brand new...

BMW M3!!! I didn't know there was a new one. And there it was!! The Mercedes store had obviously warned them about me and after the police were called I thought that it might be for the best if I went on my way!!

So after all that car stuff had finally calmed down and I was safely on a train home, I stopped off in a department store to pick up a present for someone who shall remain nameless in case they're reading this!!! As I got on an escalator to go to the next floor, I looked behind me and noticed that the guy behind me was very familiar. "He looks a lot like Pelle Almqvist, the lead singer from The Hives!", I thought to myself. And on a second inspection I realised it was!! And then I noticed his friend looked surprisingly like the guitarist from The Hives, which he was. But as usual when I see someone famous, I never have the guts to go up to them. Regardless it was a great way to end a great day.

Front Fell Off

I really cant tell whether this is legit or just a skit. From what I know the accident actually happened but still not sure about the interview. Any opinions??

Monday, November 19, 2007

I'm the lead singer of 'Terminal Margaret'!!!!

Quality Mighty Boosh

Only 4 days to go....

I'm making an impromptu trip back home next weekend. I decided to last week just to catch up with friends, get more winter clothes and because the flights were cheap!!! So I leave on Friday morning and get back to Berlin on the Monday. Unlike my last flying visit to Ireland, i'll spend most of my time in Castleblayney, instead of wandering aimlessly through the countryside looking for the N7!!!

The parents came over the visit me for the weekend which was really great. I hadn't seen them since I left and considering I was away for the summer, I haven't seen a whole lot of them at all recently. They got in on Saturday morning and despite their early flight, got stuck into seeing what Berlin had to offer. We got round to the usual sightseeing like the Brandenburg Gate, KaDeWe etc. We had a really nice German meal that night in Lutter & Wegner just beside the Sony Center. I had an incredible black pudding starter that was a meal in itself.

The next day we took a bus tour around the city. It was the best and quickest way to see the further out parts of the city and seeing how everything is closed on Sunday, it was the best thing to do. After that we walked to the Reichstag and the Hauptbahnof train station. We took a quick train journey to see the Tv Tower. At 207.3m its definitely the highest grounded bar i've ever had a drink in!! After recovering from popped ears we headed to Corroboree, a nice Australian restaurant that came highly recommended by my cousin Conor (Captain Fuchsia). And after a quality plate of Blackened Chicken we called it a night and headed home.

The weekend before that I was in Basel visiting Barry and Eva. 3 of the girls from Dublin joined me so there was a good group of us heading down. I took the train down which was quite enjoyable and the girls followed the next morning by plane. I made the point of reserving a window seat on the train so I could see the countryside as I went. However when I got onboard and found my seat, my window was in fact a window frame!!! And not just any window frame!! This frame spanned the whole area between my seat and the seat in front of me, so I couldn't see anything!!! So after some quiet mumbling cursing the lady who reserved the seat for me I got up and went in search of a free window. I eventually came across an empty compartment all to myself. So I settled down and had a great trip through Germany.

We spent most of the weekend walking around Basel, showing the girls the sights and the markets. One the funniest, strangest parts of the trip was going to France!! Basel is right on the border with Germany, France and Switzerland so after a short tram journey you can get out and walk to France or Germany. And seeing how we're living in Germany we decided to go to France instead. Unfortunately it was Sunday and everything was closed so not much happened on our wild trek to France. that night though we had a cracking fondue in Barry and Evas.

Thats all the news for the minute. Sorry for the long post but I haven't been very up to date with my blogging recently but hopefully that'll improve. Till next time...

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A chop with a difference!!

I've been putting it off for a while now due to the lack of German linguistic talent but my hair was getting a wee bit out of control. So I did the only normal thing a person like me can do in this situation. I googled "English speaking hairdressers berlin" and after a bit of searching I found this article in The Economist City Guides. The author talked about a place called Notaufnahme and said that the staff was Enligh speaking and it seemed quite interesting from the description he gave. So I googled the address, found the nearest metro station and off i went.

It look a little longer than I thought it would to get there but I found it eventually. In the article he said "The salon’s interior resembles an emergency room; relax on a hospital-style bed and listen to chill-out music while waiting for your blow-dry.", which had me very intrigued and excited. I had images of beds from ER and people running around with hairdryers and, despite warnings from parents, scissors!!!! But when I arrived, the only hospital reference was two beds which were used as a waiting area, and a instrument trolley that they used for the book with all the bookings. He was right about the music though.

Despite not making an appointment I was seen too rather quickly. The coolest thing happened after i had my hair washed. Instead of drying your hair with a towel, they sort of wiped off the excess water and put a hat type thing on your head!! It only dawned on me then how many people were wearing hats. I just assumed they were cold. The girl brought me to my chair and after a minute or two, the guy came over and started doing his thing. I was a bit dissapointed when the hat was taken off because it just became a normal hair cut after that. The novelty had gone. However, he did exactly what he was asked and it was only €12 which isn't bad for a salon cut. Well compared to Ireland anyway!!!

Off to Basel this weekend to see Barry (The Swiss Job) and Eva (The Golden Shrimp). I decided to get the train down and fly back. It was much cheaper that way and I still get to see the countryside and travel on a high speed train. Nothing like killing two birds with one stone!!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

They don't call them Pub 'Crawls' for nothin!!!

Being the very loyal and faithful student that I am, I jumped at the oppurtunity when the college organised a Pub Crawl for us! I saw this as a perfect oppurtunity to learn about the German culture and to meet some of the local peoples. Oh and the 4 pubs had something to do with it as well, but for arguments sake i'll say it was the culture.

We met in a place called Fat Tire Bike Tours which turned out to be the company who organised the pub crawls (Their mission statement is "Walking is stupid" Classic!!!). Bit of an unusual start but interesting none the less. We stocked up on beer and began the crawl around 8.30. It legal to drink alcohol on the streets so there was no let up!!

The first stop was a bar called Ping Pong. This was hands down, one of the coolest bars i'd ever been in. It was quite small but the main feature was a single ping pong table in the front room. After paying a €5 deposit to the barman and receiving my paddle I made my way to the table. Now this isn't just any game of ping pong, the one game can involve the whole bar. Basically everyone walks around the table and takes turns hitting the ball until it finally whittles down to two final players who play till one person loses the play five times. It was incredible and it was funny to see how into it some people were!! The bar itself was very under-decorated with wires hanging here and there and none of the furniture matched. It was a refereshing change from the usual kind of bar you find. And the music was really good as well!!

We only stayed there for an hour or so and then we made our way, hesitantly, to a bar that specialised in Absinthe. For those of you who dont know, I recommend you click the link and read about it. Its basically a liquor with 80% alcohol and is known to cause hallucenations. I was a bit wary at first, but then I thoguth "When in Rome!!" and had one, or two. Its actually not as bad as I thought it would be. It's not just a straight shot, thankfully!! First you dip a sugarcube on a spoon into the glass and let it get soaked in alcohol. The you take it out, light it and wait for it to melt. Then put the sugar back into the glass, still on fire, and stir it. When you're happy that its well mixed, pour in a small measure of water to put out the flames. That bit is important because if you dont... well lets just say your throat would be pretty soar. After that, its down the hatch!!

We stayed there for a while and then moved onto the third bar. I actually dont remember the name of this place because I think the Absinthe had kicked it. I was paying that much attention either as we were being lead everywhere so you just had to follow. I decided to take it easy at this point and skipped the drink at this place. I should also point out that between each bar, the tour guides were giving out shots along the way. The funny thing was, it's illegal to pour shots into glasses in public, so we had to stand there with our mouths open and let them pour it in. Really weird but quite funny looking back.

After the third bar we made our way to our final stop. A night club who's name escapes me at the minute. It was pretty standard, except for this picture under the DJ booth...


Apparantly they worship him over here. People were offering to take our picture beside him!!! We politely declined. We hung around there for a while then made the long trek home!! Overall a very good night and i'm proud to say that I didn't crawl once!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We begin our broadcast!!! AGAIN!!!

Great news!! Crack open the champagne!! Bring in the dancing elephants etc etc etc!!! Brace yourself.....


Yes, thats right!! It finally happened!! After weeks of emails, badgering and just being a general nuisance, they finally fixed the problem and now I can surf to my hearts content.

Modern technology, ya gotta love it!!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Song de jour!!

See this boy dance!!! Jamiroquai - Love Foolosophy at the 2003 Fashion Rocks concert.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Royal Library, Copenhagen

While I was on my trip to Copenhagen I took a walk in whatever direction I fancied and came across this building. Now it's not just any building! This is the Danish Royal Library!!

It's nicknamed the 'Black Diamond' because most of the building is encased in black marble and glass. It was built in 1999 and is attached to the original royal library built in 1906. It's one of the coolest buildings i've ever seen and after a long walk trying to figure out how to cross the river, I got inside.

The architects, Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen, used the Northern Lights as their inspiration for the interior.

It's attached to the old library by a bridge over the road. Pretty cool.

Inside there's a massive library (obviously), theatre, restaurant, etc, and a fantastic atrium that gives great views over the river. The coolest thing about the building itself is when you walk beside it on the the other side of the river. Because of the materials they used to build it, you can see the water reflected on the outside walls, which make sthe whole building seem to shimmer.

You really have to see it for yourself to get the proper effect. But one of the most interesting things about the library is it's theft record. Between 1968 and 1978, the library saw one of the largest book thefts ever. Someone had managed to steal some 3200 historical books worth more than $50 million and some of them were pretty important. No one figured it out till 1975!!! The thief was an employee of the library's oriental department and he had been selling the books at auctions. He left the remainder of the books to his family. But they ended up being arrested and imprisioned when the police coped on. Have to hate that!!!

Monday, October 22, 2007

From Limerick to Berlin, and every disco i've been in.....

Made it back from my flying visit to Ireland in one piece. Well just about!! Arrived into Dublin early on Friday morning all set for a 21st down in Limerick city. After a quick lunch with Amanda we (Me, Nicki and Aoife) pointed the car in the direction of Limerick. Well actually we headed a good bit in the Galway direction first and then realising our slight miscalculation we schwung it round and went cross country. We arrived eventually, about 4 hours later, and got ready for the party. The 21st was for one of the girls that was with us in San Diego over the summer. It was the first time since July that i'd seen some of the people there so there was plenty of catchin up to be done. One of the highlights had to be a big glass of Nashs Red Lemonade half way through the night. I hit the wall around 1 which wasn't too bad considering i'd been up since 5 the morning before!!

The next day we hung around for a while then got the bus back to Dublin. I was shocked that it was only €10 one way from Limerick. Its €13 one way to Castleblayney which is not even half the journey it is to Limerick! The injustice of the world!! Anyway, we were pretty wrecked so we had a quiet night in and got a good nights kip. Sunday then was a day of faffin around Dublin and meeting people I hadn't seen in a while. All in all a good weekend, except for the ridiculously early Ryanair flight back to Berlin this morning!! Ryanair is not the best option for when you want to get some sleep during a flight as you have to be 4" 3 to have any leg-room!!

Thats all the travelling over for a while now anyway! I have the big bruv and Eva coming to visit next weekend which I can't wait for!! It'll be nice having familiar faces around for a few days. I'm gonna take it easy now for the next few days and recover from the weekend. Shouldn't take too long but it's a good excuse to be lazy!! I leave with Roisin Murphys, of Moloko fame, new song. It's a cracker!! Enjoy!!

P.S. Thanks to Mary for the directions on the way down. We would've ended up in Galway if it wasn't for her!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Back in Berlin!

Got back into Berlin from Copenhagen on Monday night around 10ish. Had a great weekend! Copenhagen is a beautiful city and everyone speaks English so its easy to get around. I put up a load of pictures which you can find on the right hand side. Bear in mind that I didn't really know what I was looking at when I took the pictures so please excuse me if I missed something really important or took a photo of something irrelevant!!

When I first arrived in Berlin, the people I talked to were proud to infrom me that Berlin is the city with the most trees in Europe. Well it was something like that but the jist of it is that there's loads of trees!! So as Autumn moves along the whole city is turning into a very colourful place. At the bottom of the road where we live is a small park, which houses Biesdorf Castle. Me and two of the girls from DIT (Kate & Orla) went for a walk through it and took some pictures.

The pictures don't really do it justice. It really was incredible and we had great craic kicking leaves and trying not to get caught by the park warden who just swept them up!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Copenhagen bound!!

Just a quick post to update everybody. Not much happened this week. Leaving for Copenhagen tomorrow night so if anyone has any suggestions of things to see or do please leave a comment or email me!!

I'll post again when I get back with lots of pics!!!

I leave you with this. Has to be one of the funniest menus i've ever seen!!! Knackers and Dicke Knackers!!

Friday, October 05, 2007

1 week in!!

Just finished my first week as a FHTW student and overall it was pretty god. Now this wasn't your stereotypical week and I doubt i'll ever have one like it again. It started fairly slowly. I didn't realise my German Language lectures didn't start till next week so I wasted most of Monday waiting around in college fo nothing. Tuesday on the otherhand was a full 10-5 day. Started with a bit of International Management and finished with an intro to my Corporate Finance course. Both are set to be pretty interesting as i've never really done either before.

Wednesday had to be the highlight of the week though!! The 3rd of October was German Re-unification Day so it was basically like a midweek bank holiday. So instead of lectures we headed down to the Brandenburg Gate for a massive free concert, courtesy of Coca Cola. Now all the acts were in German but the atmosphere was great and over half a million to a million people were there!!

After that we went for a few drinks in an Aussie pub run by Germans (kinda weird) and headed back to the dorms. Thursday was fairly quiet. The first lecture on a Thursday, Innovation and New Technology, doesn't start for another 2 weeks so I wasn't in till 5 when I had Cross Border Invetments and Taxation. What that, you might ask?? Well I don't really know, but I plan to by January!!!

So thats week 1 down, only 16 odd more to go!! We're planning a trip to a lakeland area in west Berlin tomorrow so i'll let ya know how that goes. Gotta run so i'll post again when I can!!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Song de Jour

Oasis - The Masterplan

And so it begins!

My first lecture is starting in a few hours so i'm killing some time in the computer room. I was looking forward to a sleep in this morning because my class doesn't start till 2 today, but I was kindly reminded last night that there was a welcome meeting for all the new students this morning at 9!! So in we went and stood through an hour and a half of German people speaking German that none of us understood. Not a good start to the week.

I booked a load of flights on Friday for the next few months. I'm goin to Copenhagen in a few weeks to see some DIT friends on erasmus. Then there's the family reunion thing in Adare in December, as well as Christmas. I also found a rail card that will get me half price travel which will come in very handy over the next few months!!

I met up with my exchange buddy Christina and some of her friends yesterday to watch the end of the Berlin Marathon. We were just in front of the Brandenburg Gate, about 100 metres from the finish line. As usual the winners were either from Ethiopia or Kenya. There were people across from us with Irish flags but they never got excited about anyone. The place was packed and the atmosphere was really good despite the odd spit of rain.

I left Christina and her firends after a while to meet up with the Irish crowd to watch the match in the Oscar Wilde, a quality Irish pub. We sat down to our beans, sausages and chips and slowly slipped into a mild state of depression as the match went on. I'm not going to get into it now cause i'll only get myself worked up, but all i'll say is that Geordan Murphy is a legend and Ronan O'Gara should wake up. Unbelieveable!!! We had good craic though and there was an Irish guy, Tom, from Galway who had no shame in shouting hilarious vulgarities at the screen. It helped lighten the mood a little.

So from now on in i'm back in college mode. It'll be interesting to see if there are many differences between here and home. When I was picking my subjects I made sure to get some classes that aren't full of Erasmus people, just to mix it up a little. Anyway, i'm gonna run and get some food before I collapse. Slept in this morning and had to rush to make it for that feckin meeting thing. What a waste!!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Little by little

Things are moving along nicely here. I got/chose my timetable and start lectures on Monday. My week goes something like this: Monday, German from 2 to 5; Tuesday, International Management from 10 to 1 and Corporate Finance from 2 to 5; Wednesday, International Marketing from 5 to 8.30; and finally Thursday, Innovation and New Technology from 10 to 1 and Cross Border Investments from 5 to 7. It looks ok on paper but it'll be interesting to see how it goes when i'm actually doing it!! Oh and I have Fridays off, just cause I felt I needed a day off!! Plus it makes travelling easier!!

In other news, i've added a few things to my room to make it a little more homely. I found some great posters in the gift shop at the Film Museum.

They've really made a difference and the room looks more inviting now that the plain white walls have a bit of colour on them. I've always had a thing for foreign movie posters, even if I already know the movie, it's just the language thing that appeals to me. Like the Amelie poster, (the one with the girl in the bed). I have no idea what language that is or what it says (apart from Amelie of course) but it just looks great. They'll definitely be coming home with me when I leave.

The weather has taken a turn. We had a nice week, mild and sunny, but the rain has arrived and the whole place becomes a bit depressing. A grey sky and housing blocks don't really go well together. But it's all part of the experience and it's nice to see Berlin as it really is, without the make up, if you get my drift!?!?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Before I begin, just thought i'd update you. I put that link over there >>>>>> for the pictures from the Berlin bus tour that I promised last time. Oh and the IT guy has given up on us Mac users who can't get wireless in our rooms and told us just to ring for our money back. Very dissapointing, but onwards and upwards I guess. Anyway, onto the good stuff.

The college lavished us with another welcome present yesterday in the form of a tour of an art exhibition. When I signed up for this I imagined a big fancy art gallery. You can imagine my surprise when we arrived outside a large office building with "Allianz" in big blue letters on the top. It turned out that when Allianz built their new headquarters (called the Treptowers they commisioned a number of artist and sculptors to create pieces for the numerous corridors and open spaces within the building. Quite a smart idea, but I imagine it wasn't cheap!!

There was art all over the place but I took some photos of my favourite pieces. And here they are!!

Firstly we have this peice by some German lady who's name escapes me at the minute. From the side it looks like this:

But from the front it looked like this!!

The other cool thing about this piece is that she didn't paint on the picture but, from what I could understand from guide, blasted it with some sort of powder that stuck to the reeds. It's kind of hard to explain.

The next artwork was a big log. But not just any big log!!!

The artist lady cut long pieces out of the log and replaced them with similar shaped pieces of perspex creating this smooth/rugid look. Very cool when the light shone through it, like in the photos!!

One of my favourite things in the building was on the 5th floor. This floor was given over to one artist who took the long narrow corridors and used them as optical illusions. You'll have to excuse the poor picture as I had a security guard standing right behind me ushering me on, but here goes:

He painted similar patterns in each of the corridors so that when you look at them head on they look normal but as you walk down the corridor, some of which were 700m long, the pattern had been painted the whole length of the corridor. I would've gotten better pictures if the security guard hadn't been standing over me waiting to move on.

The other artwork that I really liked was on the 3rd floor and was based on office clothes. I really should've done a better job of remebering the names of the artists but they were mostly Germans with really long names. Anyway, this artist took apart sterotypical office clothes and hung the remnants on the walls, like so:

The pockets were my favourite!!

The next exhibit we were shown was fantastic. It consisted of a number of thin metal poles with small light bulbs on the top. On these bulbs were tiny pictures of face,s that when lit up, were projected onto the wall, like so:

The final peice we were shown in the offices was along a 700m corridor, and again thanks to the security guard the hurried picture didn't turn out too good. Along the floor was a strip, a couple of inches wide, that lit up as you walked along. It followed you as you walked and was supposed to make worker feel more involved in the business. I don't know how it did that, but apparently it does!!

The exhibit also extended outside into the nearby river.

The large sculpture of three men is entitled 'Molecule Man' and is placed near to where the three borders of Berlin met.

That concluded our tour of Allianz's lovely new offices. Definitely one of the most unusual tours i've been on. But I suppose, when in Rome, or in this case Berlin!!!

We were WRECKED!!!

Classic Apres Match!!

Monday, September 24, 2007

My bad!!

I mentioned in my last post that I put alink to the pictures from the Berlin tour. I'm having so technical difficulties again but should have them up tomorrow along with pics from the tour of an art gallery i'm taking to today.

The IT guy is coming this evening so fingers crossed he has some answers for me about the wireless in my room!! Fingers crossed!!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

We begin our broadcast!!!

Well sort of. I finally got the wireless internet in uni to work so I can finally use my laptop the way it should!! Next step is getting it in my room in the dorms!! Then we'll be sorted!!!

So here we go with the pics and all the stuff I was talkin about. First things first, my accomodation.

Roughly speaking, this is the area where i'm living.

We're in an area called Biesdorf, which compared to other areas of Berlin, is rather sleepy. It a suburb of Berlin basically and is mainly residential with not a whole lot going on.

Moving on to the room itself!!

This is the view you have coming in the door. I just got the beanbag yesterday. €20 in the bargin bin at Kaisers Supermarket, for all your beanbag needs!!

This is where the sleepin happens.

This is the view out my window. It looks out over our gardens and thanks to some nicely placed trees, you cant see the great big housing blocks that you see everywhere in east Berlin.

Which brings us nicely onto my wardrobe and shelve thingy with the kitchen in the background near the door. The kitchen unfortunately doesn't have an oven. Just two gas rings and a sink, more or less. Its nothing fancy but it gets the job done!!

Last but not least, the bathroom. Slighty pokey but again it gets the job done.

The one annoying thing about the building itself is the corridors outside my room.

They're long, high and very very echoy!! The unusually large gap under my door doesn't help either but i'm slowly getting used to it.

Well thats a start anyway. Now that this is up and running i'll be able to post more often and keep you all up to date. I've added a link on the right hand side there to a page with all the pictures from my tour on Thursday. Have a look!!