19 September 2012

One Week Later

So, I’ve been in Berlin for a week now. I have accomplished plenty of things with respect to settling down. I have found an apartment in a rather quiet area of town and moved in. I also finished setting up the electricity account for the apartment. With respect to the apartment, I only have to get an Internet connection, and I’ll be good to go.

My shipment is now undergoing customs checks in the United Kingdom, where it entered the European Community. It will be trucked and delivered to my apartment in a few weeks, hopefully soon.

I have an appointment with a bank this coming Tuesday, so that I can get a German bank account. They wanted a proof of residence first, so I needed my rental lease agreement in order to process this.

I am slowly adopting to the idea that weekends are dead, at least when it comes to utility companies and supermarkets. Yes, not all supermarkets are open here during the weekends. At least the two supermarkets that are close to where I live are not open during Sundays. I should remember that. I should also find a supermarket that may be open during Sunday, in case I really need to get stuff for the house.

So, since Sundays are dead, I figured I might as well enjoy it. So this past Sunday, I went out, grabbed my camera, and started on my discovery of the city. I already found the Brandenburg Gate, as well as the Holocaust Memorial the day before (Saturday), when I was waiting for a friend for coffee. I haven’t seen this friend since 2000, as we went to high school together in Japan. It was great, but that’s for another blog post.

Anyway, for this Sunday, I wanted to go to the Pergamon Museum. So I did. On the way, I stumbled upon the Friedrichswerdersche Kirche. After lunch, I headed over to the East Side Gallery, and I ended my day with a climb up the top of the Reichstag. I will obviously blog about these different places separately, with pictures to accompany them.

So there, I got a break from running errands. So far, I like this city.

(Surreal Shapes, from my Museum of Modern Art Series)


  1. I always find it hard to get used to the fact that everything is closed on Sundays in France. That's one of my biggest reverse culture shock!

    I'm not surprised by how well you are settling over there... you have so much experience in moving around the world, both ith your family and alone!

    1. Zhu,

      I suppose the Sunday being an open market day is a North American invention. Here, it seems that Sundays are still days for rest and relaxation, and even workers of supermarkets get to relax I suppose. I think I don't mind that idea, but it just needs a little bit of advanced planning for everyone.