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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


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!


Want to see a real live ghost town?

Like scary stories? Come view one of USA's premiere ghost towns: Gary, Indiana. I've been there and lived to tell the tale -- largely because I had the brains to get my tail the hell outta there!

But downtown San Francisco has actual zombies


My latest writing desk

It's a charming old piece of furniture and one of the things that impressed me about the room. 
There's an inkwell (notice the quills) and the top lifts up for storing materials.


Ich liebe schokolade (BERLIN)

Check out these chocolate sculptures! A candy shop is more alluring - almost a treat in itself - when it's designed with goods displayed like works of art - or craft - versus a retail shop for gobble-it-up consumerism. Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers is located not far from Checkpoint Charley in Gendarmenmarkt near Stadtmitte.

 Kaiser Wilhelm Church

 Brandenburg Gate

 women's shoes 
(heels are always more delicious than pumps)

Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers logo 
(quite possibly the biggest chocolate shop in the world)

chocolate, chocolate everywhere 

Berlin Wall
(the West never looked so sweet)

that's Thank you in Germany

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