Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Wonderful Visit!

It was beyond wonderful to have my mom here. Each day we did a bit of packing, sightseeing/shopping and relaxing. Here are some highlights:

1. Espresso at KaDeWe—my mom said she wanted espresso with lunch! Neither one of us had ever had one. I don’t even like coffee. But if you are going to have an espresso, I agree that KaDeWe might be a great place to try one. It was really good! I need not make a habit of ordering them often!

2. High power flush and inspection plate toilets- I enlightened my mom one evening with an explanation of the difference in German toilets. Fascinating!

3. German pace of life and Café culture- my mom now loves both as much as I do. “It’s just healthier!”

4. Church bells chiming around my apartment each morning—mom: “either there’s a wedding or the war just ended.”

5. Bathing caps at KaDeWe—what can I say about this… I think they are hideous and I can't imagine they are hot sellers! (But we did have to wait to take this picture until a woman who was actually buying one finished shopping.)

6. Bank buddy- my mom has a tender spot in her heart for old people. So when a frazzled old lady came into the bank, cut in line and then started telling me all about the friend she just visited in the hospital, my mom patted her on the shoulder and said it would be okay. With that, it dawned on the lady that we were American. In perfect English she proceeds to tell us that she was born in the States, moved back to Germany in ’46, went to school at Swarthmore and was then the secretary to the South Korean ambassador in Berlin. As soon as I mentioned working in DC, she knew exactly whom I had worked for. Small world!

7. “Wunderbar!”-- mom’s new favorite word. She said it to just about every Berliner we met!

8. Helping me pack--I’m 26 and yet my mother had to come across the ocean and to make sure I am leaving myself enough time to pack, finish my paper and have fun! What’s wrong with this picture?!

9. Naked neighbor—the guy who lives across the street came onto his balcony STARK NAKED on Friday morning. That was not a view of German culture I expected showing my mom.

10. “Johnnie Jump Up” Merkel and Almonds—for the most part, we were always together. But when I stopped into an internet café, my mom set off to the Kudamm, discovered a summer festival and was gutsy enough to buy herself some nuts and me a “Johnnie Jump-up” Merkel. Ms. Merkel will have a place of honor in my new apt. The street festival itself was another fun adventure. Both of us just couldn’t get over the fact that we were together, strolling past wurst stands at a festival in Berlin, listening to Caribbean music!

We also visited the Kollowitz museum, Wintercafe am Literaturhaus (wonderfully west Berlin!), flea market and Kollowitzplatz market. I wish we had another 2 weeks together!


At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your cap looks charming! Perhaps you'll model it for us soon? J.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Pritilata said...

Moms are wunderbar . . . I can't wait to meet your mom over Labor Day weekend!

At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Lexy said...

erin, you actually look really cute in that cap - perhaps you can modify it to be a cold-weather-hat? you have the knitting skills...

At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the cost of a plane ticket--200.00
lunch at kadewe--------------30.00
trinkets at the market-------20.00
being w/Erin in Berlin--PRICELESS!

Yes, it was terrific! And yes, I suppose Erin really didn't need my assistance with the packing, but it sure was a great excuse to be with her for a few days!!! Did I mention that when the internet went down, I was there to wipe the tears from her eyes? Yes, it was that bad!!!
Love you, Mom oxoxxo

At 2:07 AM, Blogger Erica said...

Hi Erin and Erin's Mom!

Glad you guys had a great time together in Berlin and can't wait to see you soon!


At 2:15 AM, Blogger Erin said...

Alas, I did NOT purchase that bath cap. I could have used it in Ireland though. In stark contrast to "textile free" pools in Germany, the pool at the hotel in Kilkenny required swimsuits and swimcaps. The craziest cap actually had brightly colored flowers glued all over it!

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Pritilata said...

Are the bathcaps waterproof though? From the picture, they don't look like the rubber ones that I remember using as a swimmer. Or are these for the shower? In which case, they don't look like the cheap plastic things that one buys from CVS either.

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Erin said...

the one I tried on had a shower cap on the inside, but some were like regular swim caps... some even had chin straps like the ladies wore "back in the day"
I think it would actually be a funny ad for something to have women in bikinis with these giant swim caps on.


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