Monday, June 17, 2013

Sunday in Berlin (AM)

Hi you guys.
So check it out, I totally thought I had PM'd J's post about the winter warmers last week, where I said things about how great my PJs are and how I was surprised J thought I was loopy for getting them because she seemed so supportive at the time. But it looks like that post never saw the light of day. Which is ironic, because I actually wrote it from Iceland where there is nothing but light of day. AND NIGHT. I don't want to bang on about it but midnight sun is the craziest thing. Anyway, sorry that the post didn't work. I wrote it at 5am before we left Sykkisholmur in West Iceland to drive back to Reykjavik in order to squeeze in a dip in the Blue Lagoon before flying out. So it was hard to focus on anything other than the excitement of the Blue Lagoon and the need not to crash the car while driving in the most dense fog ever.  But that's a story for another time.
Right now I'm in Berlin and it's warm during the day and dark during the night just like a good city should be. We spent the day wandering around flea markets and sites of civic importance like the Brandonwalsh Gate and the Reichstag and eating Currywurst and crinkle cut chips. It was a lovely day.

Then, we went to the theatre.  We saw the postmodern classic Die Hamletmaschine by the famous German playwright Heiner Muller, in the original German. Readers, I am sure it will come as no surprise to you that I had never heard of it and knew nothing about it and now that I have seen it, I know even less about it.
One part involved a woman standing alone on a stage in a yellow dress screaming in German in to a microphone. Boy did she seem upset. And boy is German a harsh language when it is being screamed in to a microphone.
The only bit that made sense was when the play ended, the applause stated and the actors came out to bow. I knew EXACTLY what was going on and I clapped like a woman who wanted to show it. The fact that the applause lasted for about 5 minutes (seriously) and there were several bows had me questioning things again but at least there was no screaming.

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