Berl-in-laws and other dad jokes
I think I have a good excuse for my lack of blogging for two(!) days.
I’ve been pretty busy meeting my father-n-law, Mats, and his partner, Ulrika, and Felix has been busy catching up with his Dad for the first time in almost a year and a half.
We’ve mostly just hung around, chatting, but have also done the touristy Alexanderplatz thing.
They arrived late on Tuesday evening after a monster drive of almost ten hours from Gothenburg involving two ferries and a sound system which only supported cassettes, thereby rendered essentially useless.
Felix and I had prepared a feast of sort-of failed salad and eggplant stuff, but our cheese platter was a beauty to behold and I’d invested in some quality Australian wine.
A decent first impression, I hope, and – if not – I’m going to blame Felix for agreeing with me that pickled sprouts might be an acceptable replacement for fresh ones.
Yesterday was spent wandering Alexanderplatz, eating haloumi kebabs and drinking beers in Goerlitzer park.
We went to a crazy-enormous bookshop where we spent a solid hour or so and where I finally bought Amy Poehler’s Yes Please.
We found an extremely impressive and very delicious brewpub on the other side of the bridge in Charlottenburg, called Brauhaus Lemke where we ate until we couldn’t fit any more and then drank a little bit as well.
Today has been spent playing Casino (a counting card game) and now the in-laws are off visiting a friend a few hours away.
Felix and I are getting psyched for Karaoke with Carlin and Bastian tonight by playing Bright Eyes and Billy Bragg (neither of which I imagine I’ll find in the database, but oh well).
On a more Australian note, I voted in the NSW state election online last night and it was not a fun time.
There were, I kid you not, 394 (three hundred and ninety FOUR) candidates below the line.
Being stubborn and angry about the Australian voting system (although I shouldn’t mention that, really, since the metadata laws restricting everyone’s privacy and free speech have passed and maybe now they’ll put me in gaol, oh no) I double clicked every. single. box.
By the time I’d finished voting for everybody except the Liberal Party (well, at least until last) my laptop’s battery was failing and my own energy was running pretty low.
I did not even know we had a No Parking Meters Party. That seems insane.
And a Voluntary Euthanasia Party.
And a Fishing Party.
But we do. So that’s interesting.
I noted the absence of the Pirate Party this year which is a shame.
One thing I really recommend to everyone voting in this year’s state election is to have a look at Vote Compass.
It’s basically a quiz devised by political scientists for the ABC that gives you an idea of which parties have policies that align with your opinions and priorities.
It’s been around for awhile now and it’s one of the better sites I’ve come across.
If tonight’s karaoke doesn’t kill us, it’ll make us stronger, all ready for tomorrow’s foray into Berlin’s museums.
We are drinking New Zealand wine and thinking about elections. Another perfect day in Germany.