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The Never Ending Journey
After 56 hours without sleep (well except for a few catnaps along the way) we have made it to our apartment! I threw together this timeline to show how it all went down…

Timeline of our journey (click to see fullsize)

Toronto Airport

Shaken not stirred.

After saying our goodbyes to our respective families, we explored the Toronto Pearson Airport. At a Rum Bar we drank Vodka Martini’s; shaken, not stirred. At a Duty-Free store I also picked up a Canada long sleeve shirt as I was lacking some Canadian swag; Heinz however still has none… We boarded our plane on time, and buckled down for the 6.5 hour flight.

The Flight
Our chosen airline was Jet Airways – India’s largest airline company. And we must say we were impressed. Over the flight I watched Prince of Persia, The Karate Kid (2009) and Iron Man 2. The dinner was quite good, chicken, potatoes, broccoli and bread. They even gave us complementary alcoholic drinks (half and half screwdrivers)! They said we could have as much as we could handle – (we had about 2 each, they were very strong). We landed in Brussels around 2AM our time, 8AM Brussels time.

After waiting in line for about an hour, we were cleared through immigration very fast. We explored the airport and found the train station in the basement. We bought tickets for 5,10€ to the main station in Brussels. We explored Brussels by foot, and made it all the way across the city! It was a very nice city – the so-called Capital of Europe apparently! Here are some pictures:

Some crazy statue thing...

Map of Brussels with our walking path

Heinz climbing some statue...

Double Cappuchino

12th Century Church

Organs in the church

Inside the church

Foundation of the old church the new church was built on!

Flight to Berlin
We got back to the airport around 5:00PM – four hours before our flight to Berlin. We ate dinner at “Quality Burgers” and I must say… they are not quality burgers. Yuck.

We managed a few catnaps in the airport, and about 1 hour before we were set to take off, we noticed our plane had changed terminals. TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AIRPORT. Luckily we still had time to make it to the right terminal. The plane was very small, maybe 50 passengers tops. Here’s a picture:

Plane over Berlin

Our home for 5 hours

We arrived in Berlin around 11PM at night. We tried getting a taxi, but we had too much luggage so no one

would take us. We wandered back into the airport and out another exit, where a van taxi was waiting, we asked if we could get a ride and he said yes.

It cost about 23€ to get to the train station the “Berlin Ostbahnhof” –

The next train wasn’t until 4:59AM. We found some benches and set up base camp to wait out the next 5-6 hours. There was a McDonald’s in the station, but it didn’t even taste like McDonalds. We managed a few catnaps again on the bench, and then when Heinz left to the bathroom a German lady came over and asked if she could use the other bench – I explained that my friend was using it but she said something like “Ich mache schlafen” (I need sleep). So then we had one bench. No more sleep for us. We watched a few episodes of HIMYM, but still there was about 3 hours left before the train.

So much waiting. In the last hour we went to a Kebab restaurant and bought some Mickey’s of alcohol – some Wodka for me, and some strange whiskey for Heinz. We sat in the bar waiting for time to go by – the owner knew a bit of English. A drunken German man came in and demanded a beer, and started ranting about Berlin in German, he tried talking to us and in the end we think he was speaking some English, but he was very hard to understand. He finally left and then we finished our drinks and made our way upstairs to the train tracks.

The Train Station in Berlin

Train to Braunschweig
The train made one stop in Magdeburg – unfortunately our train was late and we missed our transfer to Braunschweig. We waited for an hour at the train station (I got a Kaffee Weiss mit Zucker – white with sugar). Got on the right train, and an hour later we were finally at our destination. We took a taxi to our apartment building.

Ian sleeping on the train

Waiting for our final train

The Coffee Machine!

Arrival in Braunschweig
The taxi cost about 13€ to our residence – unfortunately, the residence had no lobby. We found out we had to go all the way back into the city to the International Office to get our keys. We stashed our luggage under a staircase in one of the apartment buildings, and walked all the way to the office, getting lost most of the way. We finally made it and were told to go back to the residence to the middle building where the office is. We signed some contracts and took a taxi back to the residence. We met some German and Spanish students who pointed out the office to us. The Hausmeister Helmut Busse didn’t speak any English, but we gave him our papers and he gave us some keys and took us to our room.

Our Apartment Building

The Apartment
Wow! The apartment is actually really good! I got the bigger room out of the two, and its bigger then my room at home! The beds are very prison-esk however… Must be good for our backs right? We settled in and met some of our flat mates. The 2nd floor of our residence has 3 sections. Ours, and two 8-person flat shares. Our apartment has two rooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen. The 8-person room shares contain one bathroom and one bedroom per person (with a locking door) and then a large shared kitchen. We made friends with the one side, haven’t seen anyone from the other side yet. The friends we made were going to IKEA so we tagged along.

I’ve never been to an IKEA, but as far as I could tell it was the same style as the ones back in Canada. We bought 99€ worth of bedding, pillows, clothes hangers, cooking stuff, a shoe horn and towels. Our friends told us which bus to take, and we separated. We made it back to the apartment and set up all our stuff.

We made a light dinner of baguettes and joghurt and went to bed. We slept about 14-16 hours.

Here is a video of the apartment:

Apartment in Branuschweig! from James Hobson on Vimeo.