Robbed of Time in Berlin

On August 15th, it was announced that my company was going bankrupt.

After getting over the initial shock of it all, I think what I was most upset about was losing my time in Berlin. I felt robbed. If I had known my time was limited, I would have done more, saw more, ate more, enjoyed more. I think this will be the lesson I will take with me from this experience. Don’t wait till everything is exactly how you want it to be before doing the things you want to do.

So once the reality of the situation had sunk in, I knew I had to start doing those things in Berlin I had been waiting to do. I made it a challenge to do something new almost every day. It could be a small challenge like trying a new drink or restaurant, exploring a new area of Berlin, or checking out some of the touristy sites.

Cats – On August 16th, I joined a colleague for a previously planned night at the theatre. We discussed the company situation over pizza and wine at my place and then walked to the nearby Admiralspalast on Friedrichstrasse to enjoy the Broadway show Cats.

Cats at Admiralspalast

Sammlung Boros – Art collection housed in a WWII bunker. This had been on my list for quite some time as it is right around the corner from my flat but tours book up really far in advance. I emailed them on Saturday, August 19th to see if they had any cancellations upcoming in the next 6 weeks. They emailed me back and said they had a cancellation for that evening at 6:30pm and I eagerly responded yes.

Boros Collection – Berlin Bunker

Long Night at Museums – The problem with accepting the Sammlung Boros cancellation spot was that it conflicted with my plans to attend the annual ‘Lange Nacht Der Museen’ event starting at 6:00pm. I decided to go anyways immediately after my tour and arrived around 8:00pm, grabbed my ticket, and chowed down on some Brazilian Tapiocas’s and beer while planning out my strategy for my museum filled night. I found a tour of the Altes Museum at 9:00pm, Deutsches Historisches Museum tour at 10:00pm and lastly a tour at the Anne Frank Museum at 11:00pm (which I had to sprint to in order to make the tour).

Deutsches Historisches Museum

Anne Frank Mural

On Sunday August 20th, I went for my morning run but this time I ran along the river stopping at Röststätte afterwards for a coffee. On my walk home, I walked past the Sophienkirche and stopped at the Jewish Cemetery.

Röststätte post-run coffee

Jewish Cemetary

That afternoon I grabbed another coffee and made my way to Siegessäule, or Victory Column, in the middle of Tiergarten. I bought my ticket, toured the tiny museum and walked the spiraling staircase to the top to get some pretty fantastic views of Berlin. I realized I was near Café Am Neun See, a biergarten in the park, so I finished off my day with a weissbier.

View from Victory Column

Victory Column

Prost from Cafe Am Neun See

The next week, I tried the famous Club Mate beverage I had seen so many Berliner’s wandering the streets and S-bahn with. Club Mate is a caffeinated carbonated mate extract beverage made in Germany since 1924 which is the overworked and hungover’s beverage of choice. It had a slightly odd taste which took some getting used to but all in all not bad. I also managed to go for a cocktail at the Westin (which was made with an Austrian liqour called Sporer), enjoyed the museum and views from Panorama Punkt, and had a lovely Italian dinner in Hackescher Markt of veal and in season mushrooms, pfifferlinge.

Popular Club Mate beverage

Panorama Punkt

During this time, I had also been trying to convince my Mom to travel standby from Calgary to Berlin for a visit given my imminent departure. We found some options that looked good and booked her on the Calgary to Frankfurt flight on Wednesday, August 23rd. I was really keeping my fingers crossed that all worked out and that she would make the flight!

About rrettenmier

In September 2010, Dan and I received working visas for the United Kingdom. We sold our condo, quit our jobs and packed our bags to move to London. This blog is designed to update our friends and family back home about where we are and what we are up to, as well as to share our adventure with others.
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6 Responses to Robbed of Time in Berlin

  1. Judy Erickson says:

    Good for you Becca!! Yes it was kind of robbery wasn’t it. Such a shame. But as usual you’re making the most of it. Enjoy it all while you can. I know it’ll all work out and you’ll be on to your next adventure that you can grab by the tail and do your usual fantastic best!! Xoxo

  2. Uncle Dale says:

    Well Rebecca if you’re not in Berlin I’m scratching off my bucket list. There’s lots left to do there so live it up.

  3. Stephanie Hlady says:

    Hi Dan and Rebecca – we love reading about your travels! Just once I’d like to comment before my Dad. I was out in Alberta this summer and visited some of our cousins and aunts and uncles. Email me at and I will fill you in. Have a great day!

  4. danroyerickson says:

    I was sorry to hear the news about an opportunity lost, but I’ll be happy to have you back in AD with me!

    On Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 10:32 AM, Bec and Dan’s Overseas Adventure wrote:

    > rrettenmier posted: “On August 15th, it was announced that my company was > going bankrupt. After getting over the initial shock of it all, I think > what I was most upset about was losing my time in Berlin. I felt robbed. If > I had known my time was limited, I would have done ” >

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