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Dreadful Nonsense

"I've read your blog. it's really funny. you should write a column." - Jon Ronson

In order to, as I keep putting it to He Who Only, “give me something to live for”, I’ve started to plan all of the holidays I’ll be taking this year.

And by “all” of them, I do mean “all” of them. I’ve calculated how many days holidays I’ve got this year, added in bank holidays, worked out the days I need off for the Open University (including summer schools and exams), included Christmas and travel time, as well as cricket matches and weddings, and then got to work.

The result of this is that (1) He Who Only… is absolutely terrified at my level of planning and (2) I’ve decided we’re spending Easter in Germany.

I settled on Germany after briefly considering France or Brussels on the Eurostar and flirting with the idea of Italy or Portugal. The main decision was made after a girl from work pointed out how short a hop Germany is, plane-wise, and I was convinced. I’ve never been to Germany, and neither has He Who Only…, and I thought that, of all the countries in Europe I could drag him to, Germany would take the least convincing. After all, Germany contains his two greatest interests: Beer and History of War.

So we’re going to Berlin. I’ve already started dividing the city into quarters and have a long list of pros and cons connected to each quarter. I have lists of hotels, hotel chains, hostels and various website recommendations. I’ve cruised combination offers from airlines, worked out the cheapest packages, worked out distances from airports and converted everything from Euro to Sterling.

I’m having a freaking ball. I’m also very confused and no closer to booking anything at all.

So, if anyone has ever been to Berlin, please throw all the information you have at me. I need all the help I can get.


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