|Cyclist and Pedestrian.|
Some areas are more well marked than others. Look at the photo to the left. I tried to take a photo, but the lighting made it a little hard to tell. But the pedestrian is on the sidewalk area for foot traffic. The cyclist is in the lane, going with traffic. You can see the bricks in the ground denoting the bicycle lane. Where I'm standing, the sidewalk is made up of those small stones, but the woman is walking on normal concrete and the cyclist is on a different a coloured concrete section. Sorry the photo isn't better. Maybe another one another day. But for now, maybe this gives an idea of how to walk the streets with bicycles.
Today was a bit of a work day (more NagaiPhotography photo editing) while the kids occupied themselves (with social media, computers, iPods). For lunch, I took the kids to Naan Sushi. We have been there before and battled with the bees (with the cooler weather, we don't expect anymore bees, but to be extra careful, we sit inside).
|Mount Mitte photo courtesy of MumAbroad|
But, guess what? Foiled again! As the kids and I were just about to get off our tram, we got a text from Chris....
Dang it! The website for this place is so vague. It says the last group goes 2 hours before sunset. Well, we thought we were good, but obviously we were too late. Chris asked for more details and it seems it's all about "the day". If it's a busy day, they might send off more groups of people as they show up. If it's a slow day, maybe once every 30 minutes or once an hour. Today, we just missed the last group of people they were going to let onto the ropes. So, we'll have to try another day.
Well, how about, instead, a walk along the Wall Walk with tour-guide mom to cheer you up? I'm the only one who has walked up this way, and it begins right where Mount Mitte is, so it makes sense to just walk home via the Wall Walk. I have to say, the kids dealt with the change of plans well and the walk home was pleasant and filled with a few history lessons.
We also decided to hunt for Chinese food to fill abate our sadness at missing out on the ropes course. This restaurant is up north, farther into Prenzlauer Berg (instead of Mitte, where we normally go... we are really right on the border of the two neighbourhoods). As you go farther into Prenzlauer Berg, it is much more residential. A lot less stores and restaurants. Also, quieter (less sirens and traffic).
Here's a bad video, but a quick example of the sirens we hear all the time (and this one's not even that loud, I didn't have to hold my ears):
Dinner was great. We over ordered, but somehow, seemed to finish it all anyway. Yum! As we left, we found we were humming the Christmas tunes that were playing in the restaurant (love it, Sinatra crooning Christmas carols in a Chinese restaurant, in Berlin, in October).
So, it was a pretty uneventful day. We are bummed about Mount Mitte and will hopefully get another chance to try it out.
|Xander at his favourite part of any transportation (near the map). You can also|
see our stop "Zionskirchplatz" on the digital display, along with the red
"Wagon Halt" showing that someone (probably Xander) has pressed the stop button.