Our flight cancellation reduced our time in Berlin from two full days to half a day. We lost even more time due to an AFD demonstration in front of the central station that further delayed our arrival from the airport.
I had hoped for the kids to see the Egyptian Museum. Vinnie loves mummies, and Queen Nefertiti is spectacular. But, it wasn’t in the cards. We had plans with an old Riverside family, and the kids were really looking forward to seeing their friends. Nefertiti will probably be around the next time we’re in Berlin, and elementary school friendships are a bit more fleeting.
After, very randomly, running into Vinnie’s Freiburg bestie, we left Mom and Dad to explore the museums. We rode a tram and U-Bahn to the playdate, and the little Riversiders reconnected immediately. Everyone had a great time.
We met back up with Mom and Dad, and even though everyone was ready to be done with the day, I took the crew to Checkpoint Charlie. I visited the museum fifteen years ago, and I remember thinking how fun it would be to come here with Dad. He has a deep appreciation for ingenuity and engineering.
Alas, I didn’t quite get this experience, but Thom was able to go in with Mom and Dad. Vinnie and the twins were exhausted, and I knew they’d suck out any chance of fun if everyone went in. Instead, Errol and I took the littles across the way to the Currywurst Museum’s food stand.
Because they were flying to Billund early the next day. Mom and Dad stayed at an airport hotel with Errol and the bigs. Good-byes are never fun, but we will be in Nebraska in August. June and July are never months that drag.
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Writings on our year abroad.