Copenhagen to Berlin
We put our packed suitcases out last night for collection. So this morning all we had to do was to finish our last minute packing in our hand luggage. We had to be out of the cabin by 8 so we took our hand luggage with us to breakfast and then disembarked. We caught a cab through Copenhagen to the airport. We had a coffee whilst we waited for our flight.
The plane was relatively small, 2 seats each side of a narrow aisle. The flight to Berlin was blissfully short, just 40 minutes. We collected our luggage, walked out the Nothing to Declare gate and that was it. No need for passports despite the change of country.
We took a taxi to our rental apartment but the driver typed the wrong street name into his sat nav system and took us to the wrong destination. He had an English vocabulary of about 10 words, but that still beats my German vocabulary. Upon realising the error he keyed in the correct address and we arrived about 45 minutes later than expected. The detour took us about 10 km out of our way but fortunately our landlord waited.
A word about our taxi drivers. Just as bad as at home if not worse. Both ran red lights and sped and weaved through traffic changing lanes without a care. In Berlin a bicycle braked suddenly beside us causing the bicycle behind to lock up her front wheel and the rear of her bike came sideways and hit our taxi. Luckily she was not hurt and no damage to taxi.
The apartment was booked online but is a private rental. The owner spoke good English and helped us with a map and some directions and information. The apartment is very clean and comfortable. The view from the back windows is of an intact section of the Berlin wall. It is about 20 metres away and we are on what was the Eastern side. We walked to a local supermarket and bought a few essentials as we are here for 3 nights. Our sightseeing starts tomorrow. We will walk to a local Vietnamese Restaurant shortly and attempt to order in English. It could be entertaining.