Berlin Marathon 2013

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  • Iain Moore 2 wrote (see)
    Such a young country, so fresh...

    or as I refer to my province...the spawn of Scotland.

    Apartment booked with DLR.  He's more scared than me and that's how I like it. image We're about a mile or more from the start too Orbutt, on the bandenburger gate thingie side.

  • Radar Sal wrote (see)
    Iain Moore 2 wrote (see)
    Such a young country, so fresh...

    or as I refer to my province...the spawn of Scotland.

    Apartment booked with DLR.  He's more scared than me and that's how I like it. image We're about a mile or more from the start too Orbutt, on the bandenburger gate thingie side.

    Spawn of Scotland - class.

    'The Brandenburger Gate thingie...' You have much to learn, young one...

    Seriously though, that's perfect really - but really, wherever you are in the city, JPenno, a long as you're on a U-Bahn or S-Bahn line, you're fine - head for Friedrichstrasse and walk down ith the rest of us, atmosphere superb.

    Iain

  • Iain Moore 2 wrote (see)
    Radar Sal wrote (see)
    Iain Moore 2 wrote (see)
    Such a young country, so fresh...

    or as I refer to my province...the spawn of Scotland.

    Apartment booked with DLR.  He's more scared than me and that's how I like it. image We're about a mile or more from the start too Orbutt, on the bandenburger gate thingie side.

    Spawn of Scotland - class.

    'The Brandenburger Gate thingie...' You have much to learn, young one...

    yup, that's me, all class.  I learnt a fair bit last time I was in Berlin (all cultural of course but that depends on your definition of culture).  Didn't sleep for 24 hrs. image

  • RS - well, it's a certain sort of culture...image

  • Radar Sal wrote (see)
     

    Apartment booked with DLR. 

     

    We ought to book one for Berlin too though eh?
     

     

  • I've never been to Germany but I've got a plan for the whole cultural thing:

    1) Watch Caberet & Run Lola Run for the culture

    2) Watch dr Strangelove for the accent

    3) get myself an Earworms CD and listen to it in the car during Spetember

  • Radar Sal wrote (see)
    Iain Moore 2 wrote (see)
    Radar Sal wrote (see)
    Iain Moore 2 wrote (see)
    Such a young country, so fresh...

    or as I refer to my province...the spawn of Scotland.

    Apartment booked with DLR.  He's more scared than me and that's how I like it. image We're about a mile or more from the start too Orbutt, on the bandenburger gate thingie side.

    Spawn of Scotland - class.

    'The Brandenburger Gate thingie...' You have much to learn, young one...

    yup, that's me, all class.  I learnt a fair bit last time I was in Berlin (all cultural of course but that depends on your definition of culture).  Didn't sleep for 24 hrs. image

    I don't recommend coming near me during the weekend or you're likely to get a history tour! I've taken 2 groups of school kids to Berlin in previous years as part of my history degree. I had one group in tears and the others were all quiet for the rest of the day image

    Dirty Leeds Rob wrote (see)

    I've never been to Germany but I've got a plan for the whole cultural thing:

    1) Watch Caberet & Run Lola Run for the culture 2) Watch dr Strangelove for the accent 3) get myself an Earworms CD and listen to it in the car during Spetember

    I *love* Lola rennt... thoroughly love the music.

    Whilst you're on the plane - You need to sing as you lift off: BERLIN, BERLIN, WIR FAHREN NACH BERLIN!

  • What period did you study Emmy?
  • My specialism is German history between 1914-45 but i've done courses all the way up to 1989 and the fall of the berlin wall. I used to go to Berlin a fair bit to use their archives for my dissertation. Are you interested in history?

  • I did international history & politics as a degree. Main interest would be inter war years and particularly from the end of Weimar/wall street crash to 1945
  • It's a really great period to study. If you have time spare in Berlin - I can strongly recommend a visit to one of the concentration camps or a museum about the holocaust/war period. The Germans have really handled it very well and sensitively.

     

  • Emmy_H wrote (see)

    It's a really great period to study. If you have time spare in Berlin - I can strongly recommend a visit to one of the concentration camps or a museum about the holocaust/war period. The Germans have really handled it very well and sensitively.

     

    That may well make my list for the Monday.

  • I actually took a course on "holocaust humour" during my degree. It was to show how humour was used by normal germans to counter the rationing/imprisonment. It was really interesting...

  • Hello all,



    Got a place for the Berlin marathon and registered today. Also ordered a finishers t-shirt, hopefully I will earn it. Thinking of going Friday to Monday to get in a bit of sightseeing.



    Thought it was about time that I stepped up from doing a number of halfs. I have also got a place for Brighton next year. image
  • welcome to the thread, Luke! Have you sorted out your accommodation and flights? Where are you flying from?

    I'm going: Saturday morning - Monday evening 

  • Hi Luke

    Ditto Friday to Monday. Don't do too much sightseeing on the Saturday - it can be exhausting image

  • Emmy - I haven't booked accommodation or flights yet. Can anyone recommend anywhere to stay?

    Orbutt - I think Saturday will be a relaxing day with a little sightseeing and carb loading! image

     

  • Then a party on Sunday image I am also joining Luke in Berlin, stepping up from a half marathon so will be a big challenge.

     

  • @Luke - have a look at Booking.com and see what's around. As long as you're near a s/u-bhan - you'll be ok. I'm staying in Kreuzberg as it's cheaperimage

  • FLIGHTS AGAIN

    Just received an email from Lufthansa about my flights. Now, not only have they changed my outbound flight to go via Frankfurt, they have done the same for the return image

    I'm not too bothered about the outbound leg but the return would have been a pain.

    As previously mentioned there is still a direct flight from Manchester to Tegel - Outbound is a 20.05 depature (23.05 arrival) - Return 18.30 (arrive 19.25)

    I've just phoned Lufthansa and they changed my return flight to the direct one without any problem.

  • Lufthansa have emailed.  The direct flights now seem to be replaced with going via frankfurt and returning via Dusseldorf!

  • DLR - see my previous post

  • DLR, Orbutt - sorry to hear about the Lufthansa trials... They altered my flights too but I was alwaysgoing via Dusseldorf. Btw, not a bad airport to fly through. At least they'll be on time - unlike TD's easyjet experience this year...

  • I haven't heard from loserthansa yet...hopefully they won't stuff around with heathrow to berlin.  That'd be pretty mad!

  • RS - I think you're safe. A direct from one 'major' European capital to another... It should be no issue.

    Still can't believe you've a cleaner! 

    (COI - I decided last year I couldn't afford to continue paying my one...!)

  • Cheers Orbutt.  I'll have a think about what to do.

    Leave as is - Dusseldorf sounds ok, and gets me back to Manc land for late morning still...but still means being at Tegel by 7.00 ish.

    Change to evening - means an extra day in Berlin to do the tourist stuff and no early start...but means carrying a big rucksack round all day and possibly killing time at Tegel.

    What's Tegel like?

  • Tegel is awful!

    I could always help you store your rucksack for the day, if that helps??

    We don't fly back until the Tuesday.

  • So do I Kaz!

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  • DLR - Did you get the flight changed??

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