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Time:10:28 pm
so i'm in berlin... it's in the negative degrees (celsius) and snow is everywhere. it's beautiful here, really. and this is still my favorite city. i landed thursday evening and it's been a jam-packed few days... homemade pizza and beer evening thursday, unpacking/laundry friday then shopping a bit with philip and celebrating because he got a new job (for post-january). we were at a christmas market here drinking our first gluehwein (hot spiced wine) when he got the call from a job interview that he did 3 weeks ago (position: press secretary for the finance minister of berlin) and they told him that he got the job! it was great news because he has been job-searching for over a year. so we celebrated with another gluehwine, then went out to dinner at a chic german/austrian restaurant (we had the typical german christmas dinner: duck, red cabbage, potatos). later we went to a small, alternative bar and had some whiskey, and then finally we ended up at this amazing club (icon) to see my favorite DJ from the US -- treasure fingers! i was ecstatic. it wasn't packed for some reason, maybe because of the weather or because it was a last minute show. we talked with treasure fingers (ashley) before the show and he was such a down to earth guy... really cool... and really impressive DJ. i'll be seeing him again at u-hall in DC... really excited. somehow i spent 50 euros on drinks friday night (and philip sent A LOT more), but it was a celebratory night for philip's new job... so all good. saturday we chilled a bit at home (hung over) and then made an amazing mexican dinner w/ tacos. and today we had a chill morning reading newspapers, drinking coffee, and then spent some time outdoors at the christmas market. in the evening philip had his last night at his internship (a political talk show here in germany), so i got to go to the studio and attended the last talk show. veeerrrryy cool experience, even though it was all in german and i didn't understand everything. the topic was about "bossing" and "mobbing" -- basically when your boss puts lots of psychological pressure on you until you quit your job (since there are labor protection laws here that make it so that bosses cannot fire employees easily). the owner of the most successful drugstore here, rossmann, was by far the funniest guest. he would get angry and scream really loud at the other guests and at one point he yelled (translated from german) "NO MAN IS A LAZY EGG!!! THAT REALLY BOTHERS ME THAT YOU SAY THAT" to another guest. really, REALLY great. there was a small after-party for the guests of the show... and yeah, these people are definitely living the life. made me think a lot and i've had quite the reverse-culture shock coming here.... from the second i stepped out onto the frankfurt airport, i really noticed how nice things are here... how nice people dress, how clean everything is, etc. parts of buenos aires are nice, but there are also really really poor areas and that is the reality for most/a lot of latin america. it's sad. and while i had a good time at the talk show tonight, it really made me think of children i saw living on the streets in BA... children who have absolutely nothing, and yeah.. it sucks to see such a stark contrast in living standards. pretty tough. and it's hard to talk to philip about it because he isn't in my head and he hasn't experienced what i have.

so now.. time for bed. waking up in 4 hours to travel to bonn to visit philip's family. then we're traveling to the US in a week.....
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