A Small Crowd but BIG Fun---BERLIN!!!
"The Official "Mini" Meet (not Mini-Me!) LOL"
Berlin is an extremely large city, hundreds of Virtual Tourist members live there, many of which are still active on the site, but only 2 came to the "mini" meeting on April 5th, 2003. Just two, but I think Claus (Cachaseiro) from Denmark and I (Journeyof1)from Alabama by way of Germany got the very best!! Nigel and his girlfriend Julia very nicely picked us up where we were staying at the Meninger12 hostel on Hallesches Ufer and we headed towards Oranienburger Strasse...one of the the most "happening" streets in Berlin, in a city where there are many, many "happening" streets.
We quickly got acquainted while dashing through the busy Saturday night streets, and having a beer at Strecker's really got the party going. Strecker's is a Danish bar (correct me if I am wrong Claus!) and was very loud with voices and music, very full of persons and other groups, and very interestingly decorated. Truly a great place to start the evening and get warmed up from the cold outside. Conversation flowed with the beer, and soon we felt like old friends as we learned more about each other and referenced things and persons we knew in common on VT.
"In Cuba or at the Qba???"
Afterwards by decision we decided to have MORE beer, and so headed for the next stop walking up Oranienburger Strasse. There are many choices on where to go whether you wish to have Spanish foods and drinks, more Americanized fair or the first choice Julia suggested Qba, a really rocking bar with great Salsa music....but it was too full the first time we came through. No matter! We walked about a block more and settled on another bar, whose name I can't recall but they had an excellent light dinner to balance the booze. A pizza with a light, crisp crust mozzerella and schinken (ham) and tomatoes. After having a few beers and needing the facilities, we all wondered why the bathrooms had to be downstairs, twisting and slightly tilted stairs at that! (or were we tilted???) but they served :-)
"I Did Try to Get Claus to Dance ;-)"
Claus was leaving on the early bus, so we couldn't make it too late a night, but it was still early Berlin time so we decided to try Qba again. Around 11pm and the music was blasting and yet again the beer was nice and cold, the vodka was smooth, and a special alcoholic drink with lots of mint was refreshing. It was a terrific place! People spontaneously got up to dance salsa as the mood and music (and beer!) hit them. We didn't, but Claus was totally became engrossed by the flashing, sensual movements of one of the local female regulars (she might have been staff, I'm not sure).....he watched her really, really, REALLY closely but refused to get up and dance. Claus!!!!
I have no idea what time we parted company, but we all agreed that having a website like VT where you can meet great people during your travels, go out and have a beer, or see some sights was totally awesome. Plus we all agreed that we would indeed do so in the future if possible. Nigel (Nigel03445) and Julia were excellent guides and hosts, and made us both feel totally welcome in Berlin. Claus (Cachaseiro) is the BOMB! the BEST! the GREATEST! If you can meet him too, be sure to! He's a lot of fun. You can read more about our adventures together on my Berlin travelogues...and I have the pictures to prove the level of fun (if your into that sort of thing ;-)
These pages were done by me, Journeyof1 (Yvette), for more see my page on Berlin or Claus' (cachaseiro). Nigel might even have some up on his soon, his member name is nigelw6443. Ciao!