|preatergarten beer garden, mitte|
|daniel, rick, russ, dan|
although i think i initially confused him with my overly familiar greeting, i also thought, "he gets this all the time, i'm sure." rick was kind enough to come over after a little while, introduce himself, say hello and ask about who we all were, where we're from and what's next on our agenda. we gushed over aufsturz (see previous post regarding "freaking great beer bar") which just so happens to be in his latest berlin guidebook. rick said he'd just flown in from switzerland and was extremely exhausted which was extra cool of him to take a moment and say hello.
next up: vienna. tomorrow we pick up our car at the main train station in berlin and attempt to drive out of the city and head south. should be an interesting experience and since we have three days to do so, we hope to poke around some backroads. we can add driving in europe to our small list of driving in other countries which only includes israel and japan, both pretty complicated places to drive. we have a volkswagen polo rented with a stickshift and no gps unit. wish us luck!