After rushing through an alumni networking lunch, I raced back to my apartment, did my last minute packing and headed for the airport. I boarded my plane to Brussels, Belgium and was delighted to be seated next to a cute twenty seven year old lawyer that lives in Dupont Circle....(this was quite a relief compared to the obese men I'm usually placed beside, who are binge eating strombolis the entire flight.) LOL! My new friend's name is "Fritz" and he happens to be the only "Fritz" I've ever met aside from my father. Anyway, we chated for most of our 7 hour flight which went by rather quickly. We arrived in Brussels at 7AM and headed directly to the airport bar for my first taste of Belgium beer!
After my short layover I boarded my plane for Berlin where Mark was waiting to meet me. Germany was FREEZING! It was snowing lightly when I arrived and the air was absolutely frigid. Mark and I went to pick up our spiffy Volvo stationwagon that we were renting for our trip to Amsterdam and he gave me a quick tour of Berlin. (We had nearly 4 serious accidents just while on this "quick tour" so I was beginning to get a little nervous for the 6 hour drive we had ahead of us on the Autobahn.) Before leaving we stopped at a take away restartant for a Doner. By definition, a Doner kebab is made of meat cooked on a vertical split and sliced to order. The meat may be lamb, beef, chicken or some other type of unidentified "mystery meat." I decided to opt for the vegitatian option with falafel. It is very similar to Middle Eastern dishes such as gyros or shawarma and is served with lots of veggies, subway style, made to order. The German's add lots of extra pickled cabbage which makes it delish!
Now we are enroute to Amsterdam, back to Berlin in several days!