So today was a little bit hectic. Some of you know that two days before we left for Berlin I got a corneal ulcer. Perfect timing right! Anyway my doctor decided it was still ok for me to travel as long as I followed up with a doctor here. Luckily we were able to get me in this morning, but I needed to be at the office by 8am and it was a good 30 minute+ train ride. I also had Karina in tow because Sanjay had to work and there is no getting work done when she is around.
Anyway as we are on the train I notice a written announcement regarding our stop, of course. Using what little bit I remember from taking German I was able to figure out that our stop was closed which meant a transfer to another train and then a bus. Now our trip was going to take close to an hour. Ugh! When we finally got to the “kliniken” it was like a college campus with all the directions in German. I was bewildered, but eventually found where I needed to be and everyone was so helpful. Also my eye has healed and I only need to follow up if I have a problem. Yay! It took us another hour to get home and it was cold and Karina was getting cranky, but we finally made it home. Although traveling to the doctor was PITA I’m incredibly thankful that I was actually able to see a doctor. It could have been a lot worse.
After we got home we headed straight out to the gym. I missed all the classes, so just used some machines. I thought I was totally prepared for everything to be in German, until I got on the treadmill. I have no idea how fast I run in kilometers! It never occurred to me that I would need to figure that out. I googled it this evening to avoid this issue in the future. Oh what would we do without the internet!
Observations so far:
- People here are very helpful, or at least those I have encountered. Not once but twice I have had people help me carry our stroller up multiple flights of stairs. People stop to one doors and one man even helped me bring the stroller into the entryway of our building.
- Public trans elevators, “lifts,” here rock! They are fast and don’t smell like urine or make you feel like you need a tetanus shot upon exiting.
- If everything is bigger in Texas it’s smaller in Germany. Which is fine for me when it comes to food, but not coffee. A large here is basically a medium at best.
- I really need to learn German!
It occurred to me that some of you might be interested in seeing our “flat,” so here are some pictures.
Hope you all have a great day!