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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowline.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail.
Explore. Dream. Discover
.
---Mark Twain

2/6/16

Venice

Buongiorno !




 The famous gondolas (a nice experience -- if you can afford it)

 Watch your step!




Tiny, elaborate Nativity scene within church

Burger King -- with hand blown chandeliers



Christmas in Berlin


Xmas tree in Berlin Hbf (main train station)

Inside Sony Potsdamer Platz


Weihnachtmarkt Zoologischergarten

10/6/15

1st Floor Hostel redux



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Two months ago I was in Berlin and one of the places I stayed at was 1st Floor Hostel. It was little changed from my first stay years ago; but that 'little' was immediately noticeable. And an improvement.

First one, the hyper zany '80s color scheme isn't popping outta the walls anymore and, for another, the Reception/Lobby has been rearranged to feel more streamlined and tranquil. They still serve coffee, alcoholic drinks, and breakfast (3 euros); there are sidewalk tables to enjoy the air - or smoke - whilst people-watching. And, every backpacker will appreciate this, the hostel is but steps away from the eastern station Ostkreuz S-Bahn, which, itself, has finally been refurbished with escalators.

My stay and sleep were enjoyable as before (the spartan beds are thick & comfortable and the quiet neighborhood, priceless) and the guy at Reception even vaguely remembered me!

www.1stfloorhostelberlin.de
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