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Around the World in 80 Ways, Berlin

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A June 2005 trip to Berlin by 80 Ways Tim

Belarussian Visa Photo, Berlin, Germany More Photos
Quote: My friend and I are travelling the world using 80 different methods of transport, each one only once. We're doing it on a budget and in seven weeks.www.80ways.co.uk

Around the World in 80 Ways, Berlin

Overview

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Around the World in 80 Ways was an idea that Thom and I had to travel the globe in a new and exciting way.We gave ourselves seven weeks to do a lap of the world using eighty different methods of transport and trying not to use any of them twice. (Our website, www.80ways.co.uk, may still work if you want to find out more).Most of our funding came from our university (University College London), and we were raising money for the autism education charity 'TreeHouse' (www.justgiving.com/80ways).There are a dozen or so different journals about the trip, most of which were written on the road and track our progress as we traverse the globe. This is one is about our time i...Read More

Heart of Gold

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Heart of Gold Photo, Berlin, Germany
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This is a good hostel with friendly staff. We originally checked into a hostel right outside the Zoo Station because it was so convenient, but it was quite crowded and a little bit faceless. A friend recommended the Heart of Gold, and we moved there the next night. It's further away from the main station than some of the other hostels but it's worth making the effort to get there. It's in a great location for lots of the sights (e.g., Reichstag, Alexandersplatz, Brandenburg Gate). It's quite a quirky place with a real atmosphere. Music's pumping out the whole time in reception, and there's some crazy decor (of particular note were the Barbie doll in a cage and the Elmo amidst bottles o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2005

Heart of Gold
Johannisstrasse 11
Berlin, Germany 10117
30 29 00 33 00

The Embassy Run - Part II

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Belarussian Visa Photo, Berlin, Germany
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After a year's worth of planning and organising, we were on our way. All the preparations and red tape were behind us. All we had to do now was the actual travelling. Right? So why was it that 6 days into our trip, I found myself queueing outside an embassy, waiting for yet another visa? We had left Paris on an electric train (the fact that it was electric was important because it contrasts with what I assume powers the Trans-Siberian train--namely, diesel). We got the sleeper to Berlin, which took 12 hours. It wasn't one of those nice sleeper trains with big, fat reclining seats; rather, we were stuck in a six-berth cabin, sitting bolt upright with four other people. We had three Mexi...Read More

Police Cars and Ambulances

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TV Tower Photo, Berlin, Germany
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We almost got a ride in a police car and an ambulance today--not, as we might have hoped, as another transport method to tick off on our list, but rather as the result of a phone call to the German emergency services. Our plan for the day was to just take it easy and see what novelty modes of transport we could pick up. But before we did that, we had to pick up some insect repellent. Our trip will take us through China, where there is a risk of contracting malaria from insect bites. We could take antimalarial tablets to prevent this, but we decided that we would rely on insect repellent instead of getting the pills. Some might argue that such a plan is not a very good one, but we thoug...Read More

Running Free

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Conference Bike Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Our host in Berlin, Sion, had informed us that a nearby bike shop was in possession of a vehicle that was worthy of our attention. He described it to us: a giant bike that seven people could ride, all sitting in a big circle and all pedaling. We were keen. Sion marked it on the map for us and off we trotted. He had already paid them a visit on our behalf but we still thought it best that we did it properly. The management weren’t too keen on the video camera but were more than happy to let us use their "Conference Bike". Just as described, it was a seven-seater bike with all the pedallers arranged in a ring. But the machine really has to be seen to be appreciated. Whilst I am sure it w...Read More