I’m settling into a daily routine, which is fun and interesting in its own right, since actually living in a city is so entirely different from being a tourist there. That said, I definitely intend to take some days to be a tourist, since the last time I was here was 1994, and things have changed so dramatically. Potsdamer Platz, this hotspot where I work, was divided in two by the Berlin Wall. In fact, the Wall ran right under my building. Throughout the city, they have a stone line on the ground where the wall once stood, whether across the street or sidewalk or through the grass. Here are a couple pictures of the line outside my building:
A fun discovery I made at work this week was that Lindt, a Swiss chocolate company, is a client of my firm’s. They sent us a huge amount of chocolate, including an assortment of chocolate bunnies. (Oh, and by the way, this newfound fondness Germans have for combining chocolate with chili peppers scares me. Seriously, chili-chocolate ice cream? Uh, no thanks. ) Apparently, Lindt won a copyright case, so that no one else can call their chocolate bunnies “Goldhase” (gold rabbit). This was actually a couple years ago, according to the press release I found, so I’m not exactly sure why we were sent chocolate this week, but I’m not complaining! Here is a picture of some of the bunnies:
My weekend was a good mix of resting and exploring my neighborhood. I went with my roommate to her gym on Saturday and found that just as in America, you can’t try out a gym without them trying to presssure you into joining. On Sunday we went to the Martin Gropius Bau for a couple art exhibitions, one of an architect and one of young German photographers:
I’m really looking forward to this Saturday! In the afternoon I’m going to the first of two competitions that will determine the German Olympic gymnastics team, and in the evening I’m going out with some of the attorneys from my office.