Today’s wanderings had a bit more of an historical bent. But before that, a quick story about the driving differences between Auckland and Berlin.
Bumpers and horns
In Auckland, car bumpers are largely decorative and horns are for emergencies – not so in Berlin. Here the horn means one of: My car is bigger/faster/more expensive than yours, so get out of the way; get that cycle off the road; I’m about to hit you; I have hit you; Hello or just I like to sound the horn. As for bumpers, very useful for moving other cars if the parking space is too small and generally getting cars out of the way. I took an Uber ride this morning in a big taxi style Mercedes. A small Smart car, with someone driving, was blocking the lane. The Uber driver literally pushed the Smart car onto the footpath with the front bumper of the Mercedes. He turned and said – “They annoy me when they block traffic” – No kidding.
Very much looking forward to joining up with the rest of the family tomorrow! Extremely fortunate to have a wife who supports my mad excursions like this one.