Highlights and the fruitless quest for a salad
16.10.2013 - 19.10.2013 14 °C
So ends my mini-tour of Eastern Europe, I fly home tomorrow. I could not resist one more post.
1) Wonderful music - I already mentioned how much I enjoyed the short classical music concerts in churches in Krakow and Prague. In addition, in Prague, I also attended an "opera sampler" in the theatre where, in the 18th century, Mozart presented some of his operas (so cool)! A wind trio stood in for the orchestra, and to my surprise, it totally worked. I could see what everyone was doing and it was much more accessible for a music idiot like me. In Berlin, I have been going to hole-in-the-wall jazz clubs near my hotel. What a treat! Last night the trumpet player in the band, in addition to being easy to look at, knew how to get the best of his instrument.
2) Vodka - In Poland, the vodka was clean and crisp. It did not burn going down, but after a few sips, you had little bonfire in your tummy. The first night, the waiter poured my drink from a bottle frozen into a block of ice! Then there were the flavoured vodkas -- lemon, cherry, yum. The Poles swear they are really sweet, but I think is ridiculous. They were not like liqueurs at all.
3) Shopping -- For clothes, I expected Berlin to be like in New York --edgy and fun. Despite my repeated efforts to try different shopping districts, I did not like the clothes on offer in Berlin. They were on the expensive side, which can be manageable, but I really don't need any shapeless sweaters. It seems only the men get the good clothes. The women of Berlin need to organize a revolt!!! Fortunately, my disappointment was placated by the cool and reasonably-priced clothes I picked up in Krakow and Prague.
4) Green things -- oddly enough, one of the perks of being back in Berlin is that I can find a nice green salad. I don't think the Slavs quite get the concept. In Poland, it was sort of ok, as you could easily find salads comprised of shredded carrots or beets or cabbage in a light vinagrette. At the same time, I went to a salad bar which boasted about its selection of 20 different salads. There was not a green thing to be found - no spinach, lettuce, no broccoli, no green beans. It was worse in Prague. I ordered a salad in a restaurant (it usually was not on the menu). I kid you not. There was one lettuce leaf as garnish and a mix of tomatoes and cucumbers. At one point, I went into Macdonald's to use the bathroom, and stayed because there was a (very expensive) green salad on the menu.
See you soon!