Booty IN Berlin!

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So, I made it!! I made it to Berlin!

Last Monday I received ‘The Call’ from the German Consulate to say that my Reunification Visa had been approved and I was free to move to Berlin 🙂 This was the best news I’d received in a while and my heart skipped a few beats. I was so happy that I had to ask the official on the other end of the telephone line what day it was! 😀 I decided not to tell Mani, because I wanted to just arrive in Berlin and surprise him.

But I must admit, between getting the news and getting to Berlin, some days were tough. Over the last few months I’d met some amaaaaazing people and started to form such wonderful friendships – and now I found myself having to say good-bye. As if saying toodledoo to friends wasn’t bad enough, I had to say good-bye to my family as well. And I just couldn’t help but thinking I’m just a simple South African girl – what do I know about moving to Europe and living it up in Berlin of all places…nevermind stepping into the role of being a wife!? Admittedly, there were a few times when I thought, ‘Can you do this’ – but that’s where God is so clever (actually…He’salways clever!)…He placed people in my life – friends and family alike – who supported me and spurred me on – people who gave me the necessary nudges in the right direction whenever I seemed to veer off my path 🙂

So after flying from Cape Town to Turkey, Turkey to Berlin, and not sleeping for about 40 hours…I’m finally placed my feet firmly on German soil. I surprised Mani at work (which in itself should be left for another post) and then made my way home. And as I walked to the U-Bahn, I passed some old buildings I remembered, and my heart seemed to feel a little lighter. Then, as I entered the U-Bahn and smelt its familiar smell, I couldn’t help but smile to myself and think, ‘You’re home’ 🙂 This is very reassuring for someone who’s left all she’s ever known 9,622.83 km’s behind…

And what better way to spend my first full day in Berlin than by doing some shopping for my apartment at IKEA! We don’t get IKEA in South Africa, so when I stepped into the store, I was so excited that I must have looked like a complete fool – wide eyes and mouth hanging open 😀 In fact, I was so excited that I accidentally dropped my jacket and didn’t notice until the announcement came over the loudspeaker. And well done to me for understanding the announcement was about MY jacket, because it was in German obviously 🙂

So that’s that…I’m in Germany, and now the next few chapters begin. Scary but exciting times!

 

Berlin

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  1. Ok, lol, so if you wannad to come by car, the fastest route would have taken 10 days and 2 hours with the distance being 17.271 km. This is what you would’ve needed to do:

    1. Head southeast on Stellaweg toward Pieke Rd

    2. Take the 2nd right onto Cedar Rd

    3. Turn left onto Poplar Ave

    4. Turn left onto Sipreslaan

    5. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Denneboom Ave

    6. Turn left to merge onto Vanguard Dr

    7. Take exit 13B to merge onto N1 Rd toward PaarlGo through 1 roundabout

    8. Slight right onto N1 Rd/N12Continue to follow N1 Rd

    9. Take the exit

    10. Turn left

    11. Sharp right

    12. Sharp right

    13. Take the 1st left toward N1 Rd

    14. Turn left onto N1 Rd

    15. Take exit 67 to merge onto N12 toward M1/Johannesburg/O R Tambo International Airport/Emalahleni

    16. Take exit 391 to merge onto M1 toward Johannesburg

    17. Continue onto N1 Rd

    18. Take exit 124 to merge onto N1 Rd toward Pretoria E/PolokwanePartial toll road

    19. Turn left to stay on N1 Rd

    20. Continue onto R101

    21. Turn left onto Nelson Mandela Dr/Nelson Mandela Sb StContinue to follow Nelson Mandela Dr

    22. Turn right onto Rissik St

    23. Turn left onto Mark St

    24. Slight right onto Landdros Mare St

    25. Continue onto R101

    26. Continue onto N1 RdGo through 1 roundaboutEntering Zimbabwe

    27. Continue onto A6

    28. Turn right onto A4

    29. Turn left onto A4/A9Continue to follow A4

    30. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto High Glen Rd

    31. Turn right onto Kambuzuma Rd

    32. Turn left onto Fourth Ave

    33. Turn right onto 11th Ave

    34. Turn right onto Kirkman Rd

    35. Take the 1st left onto Harare Dr

    36. Turn left onto Lorraine Dr

    37. Turn right to stay on Lorraine Dr

    38. Sharp right to stay on Lorraine Dr

    39. Sharp right to stay on Lorraine Dr

    40. Turn left onto A1Entering Zambia

    41. Continue onto A1

    42. A1 turns left and becomes T2

    43. Turn right onto RD491

    44. Turn left

    45. Slight right toward RD491

    46. Continue straight onto RD491

    47. Turn left onto D152

    48. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Los Angeles Blvd/D152

    49. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Tito Rd

    50. Slight right onto Parirenyetwa Rd

    51. Take the 2nd right toward T4

    52. Turn left onto T4

    53. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto T2

    54. Continue onto T3

    55. Turn right onto T2

    56. Slight right onto A 104Entering Tanzania

    57. Continue onto A 104

    58. Turn left

    59. Slight left

    60. Sharp right

    61. Slight right toward B 363

    62. Turn right onto B 363

    63. Turn left onto B 6

    64. Continue onto B 141

    65. Turn left toward B 141

    66. Continue straight onto B 141

    67. Turn right

    68. Slight left

    69. Turn left toward B 143

    70. Turn right onto B 143

    71. Slight right to stay on B 143

    72. Turn right to stay on B 143

    73. Turn left onto A 104

    74. Turn left toward A 104

    75. Turn left onto A 104Entering Kenya

    76. Continue onto A104Pass by Ashe Medical Clinic (on the right in 105 km)

    77. Turn left onto Arthi-River Namanga RoadPass by Red Heron Centre (on the left in 23.2 km)

    78. Turn left onto Arthi-River Namanga Road/Mombasa Road/A 109Pass by Alpha Filing Station (on the right in 4.7 km)

    79. Turn right toward Airport South Rd

    80. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Airport South Rd Pass by Chirag Builders Limited (on the right in 750 m)

    81. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Outer Ring Rd Go through 1 roundabout Pass by Ogaden Agencies (on the left in 7.6 km)

    82. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A 2 Pass by TOPO MAPS (K) SERVICES (on the left in 1.7 km)

    83. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit to stay on A 2 Go through 1 roundabout Pass by Kobil (on the left in 20.9 km)

    84. Take the ramp onto A3Pass by Kithyoko Medical Clinic (on the left in 101 km)

    85. Slight left

    86. Turn right

    87. Slight right toward A3

    88. Turn left onto A3

    89. Turn left

    90. Turn left

    91. Take the 1st right

    92. Turn left

    93. Turn right toward Isiolo – Mandera Rd

    94. Turn right onto Isiolo – Mandera Rd

    95. Turn right

    96. Turn left toward Isiolo – Mandera Rd

    97. Turn left onto Isiolo – Mandera Rd

    98. Take the 1st right

    99. Turn right

    100. Turn left

    101. Take the 3rd left

    102. Turn left

    103. Turn left toward Wajir – Moyale Rd

    104. Turn right onto Wajir – Moyale Rd

    105. Take the 1st left

    106. Take the 1st left toward Wajir – Moyale Rd

    107. Slight right onto Wajir – Moyale Rd

    108. Turn right to stay on Wajir – Moyale Rd

    109. Turn right

    110. Turn left

    111. Turn left

    112. Take the 1st right toward Wajir – Moyale Rd

    113. Slight left onto Wajir – Moyale Rd

    114. Slight left

    115. Turn right toward Wajir – Moyale Rd

    116. Slight left onto Wajir – Moyale Rd

    117. Turn right

    118. Turn left toward A 2

    119. Turn right onto A 2

    120. Turn left to stay on A 2

    121. Sharp left toward A 2

    122. Turn left onto A 2Entering Ethiopia

    123. Continue onto Route 6

    124. Turn left to stay on Route 6

    125. Turn left onto Route 4

    126. Sharp right to stay on Route 4Go through 1 roundabout

    127. Sharp right onto Debre Zeit Rd

    128. Continue onto Beyene Aba Sebsib St

    129. Continue onto Sierra Leone St

    130. Continue onto Ras Biru St

    131. Continue onto Ras Desta Damtew St

    132. Continue onto Churchill Ave

    133. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Mahatma Gandhi St

    134. Turn right onto General Wingate St

    135. Turn left onto Dej. Jote St

    136. Continue onto Eden St/Route 3Continue to follow Route 3Go through 5 roundabouts

    137. Turn left to stay on Route 3

    138. Turn right to stay on Route 3

    139. Take the 1st leftEntering Sudan

    140. Continue straight

    141. Continue straight onto Route 21

    142. Turn left toward شارع بورسودان‎

    143. Continue straight onto شارع بورسودان‎

    144. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Al Debaga St

    145. Turn left

    146. Turn right

    147. Take the 2nd right

    148. Turn left

    149. Turn right toward Sinar – Wad Medani Hwy

    150. Turn left onto Sinar – Wad Medani Hwy

    151. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit

    152. Turn left toward B26

    153. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit

    154. Turn left onto B26

    155. Sharp right to stay on B26

    156. Turn left onto B18

    157. Turn right

    158. Turn right toward B20

    159. Turn left onto B20

    160. Turn right toward A43

    161. Turn left onto A43

    162. Turn right to stay on A43

    163. Turn right

    164. Slight left toward A5

    165. Turn left onto A5Entering Chad

    166. Continue onto A5

    167. Slight right

    168. Slight left

    169. Turn right

    170. Take the 1st left toward Rue N’Djaména

    171. Continue straight onto Rue N’Djaména

    172. Continue onto Rue N’Djamena

    173. Turn right to stay on Rue N’Djamena

    174. Slight left toward Djamena-Moundou

    175. Continue straight onto Djamena-Moundou

    176. Turn right to stay on Djamena-Moundou

    177. Turn left to stay on Djamena-Moundou

    178. Take the 1st right to stay on Djamena-MoundouGo through 1 roundabout

    179. Turn rightEntering Cameroon

    180. Continue straight

    181. Turn right at P 28

    182. Turn left onto N 1

    183. Continue onto N 1AEntering Nigeria

    184. Continue onto A 3

    185. Continue onto Kashim Ibrahim RdGo through 4 roundabouts Pass by Elkanemi College Of Islamic Theology (on the left in 10.3 km)

    186. Turn left to stay on Kashim Ibrahim Rd

    187. Continue onto A 3

    188. Keep right at the forkGo through 1 roundabout

    189. Turn right onto Jakusko-Potiskum

    190. Turn left toward Azare -Potiskum Rd

    191. Continue straight onto Azare -Potiskum Rd

    192. Turn right toward Azare-Hadija Rd

    193. Continue straight onto Azare-Hadija Rd

    194. Turn right toward Gumel-Hadejia Rd

    195. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Gumel-Hadejia Rd

    196. Continue onto Kano-Gumel Rd

    197. Turn right toward Gumel-Babura Rd

    198. Take the 1st left onto Gumel-Babura Rd

    199. Continue onto Babura-Gumel Rd

    200. Turn right onto Kunya – Mutum Rd

    201. Continue onto N11Entering Niger

    202. Continue onto N11

    203. Turn right onto N25

    204. Turn right to stay on N25

    205. Turn right to stay on N25

    206. Take the 1st left to stay on N25

    207. Turn right

    208. Slight left toward N1Entering Algeria

    209. Continue straight onto N1

    210. Turn left to stay on N1

    211. Slight left to stay on N1

    212. Turn left to stay on N1Go through 1 roundabout

    213. Turn right toward N1

    214. Take the 1st right onto N1

    215. Turn right toward N1

    216. Take the 2nd right onto N1Go through 1 roundabout

    217. Continue straight onto Trans-Sahara Hwy/N1

    218. Turn right toward Trans-Sahara Hwy/N1

    219. Take the 2nd right onto Trans-Sahara Hwy/N1Go through 2 roundabouts

    220. Slight right toward Trans-Sahara Hwy/N1Go through 1 roundabout

    221. Continue straight onto Trans-Sahara Hwy/N1Continue to follow N1Go through 3 roundabouts

    222. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto RN 1

    223. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Trans-Sahara Highways/N1Continue to follow N1

    224. Take the ramp onto A1 Est-Ouest

    225. Continue onto Trans-Sahara Hwy/N1

    226. Continue onto Autoroute Est-Ouest

    227. Slight left onto Trans-Sahara Hwy

    228. Continue onto Avenue Slimane Amirat N1

    229. Continue onto Rue Des Freres Aouda

    230. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Avenue Franklin Roosevelt/Avenue Souidani Boudjemaa

    231. Take the exit

    232. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Chemin de Gascogne

    233. Turn right onto Rue du Capitaine Nourreddine Mennani

    234. Turn left onto Avenue de Independance

    235. Exit onto Rue De Chambery

    236. Continue onto N11

    237. Turn right onto Jetee Kheir Eddine

    238. Take the Alger, AL – Marseille, FR/Marseille, FR – Alger, AL ferry to MarseillePartial toll roadEntering France

    239. Continue straight

    240. Turn right toward Quai du Maroc

    241. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Quai du MarocGo through 1 roundabout

    242. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit

    243. Turn left toward Quai d’Arenc

    244. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Quai d’Arenc

    245. Continue onto Rue Saint-Cassien

    246. Continue onto Bd des Bassins de Radoub

    247. Slight right onto D5

    248. Merge onto A55 via the ramp to Aéroport Marignane/Aix-en-Provence/Fos/Martigues/Lyon/L’Estaque/Les Ports

    249. Take the exit onto A7 toward Aéroport Marignane/Avignon/LyonPartial toll roadSpeed cameras begin in 2.5 km

    250. Take the exit onto D383 toward E70/Grenoble/Chambéry/Bourg/Genève/Périphérique/Saint-FonsSpeed cameras begin in 6.6 km

    251. Take the exit onto A42 toward Villefranche/Rocade Est/Genève

    252. Slight right onto A42/E611 (signs for Bourg-en-Bresse/Genève/Strasbourg/Aéroport Saint-Exupéry)Partial toll roadSpeed camera in 18.7 km

    253. Merge onto A40Toll road

    254. Continue onto A39Toll road

    255. Take the exit onto A36/E60 toward Strasbourg/BesançonPartial toll roadSpeed cameras begin in 94.5 kmEntering Germany

    256. Continue onto Unknown road

    257. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Karlsruhe/Stuttgart/Freiburg/A5 and merge onto A5

    258. Slight left to stay on A5

    259. Take exit 40-Kreuz Walldorf to merge onto A6 toward Heilbronn

    260. Take exit 60-Kreuz Nürnberg-Ost to merge onto A9 toward Bamberg/N.-Flughafen

    261. Take the exit toward A9

    262. Keep left at the fork and merge onto A9

    263. Merge onto A10

    264. Slight right onto A115

    265. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for A100/Wilmersdorf/Kurfürstendamm/Flughafen Schönefeld and merge onto A100

    266. Take exit 20-Tempelhofer Damm for B96 toward Flughafen Tempelhof

    267. Turn left onto Tempelhofer Damm/B96Continue to follow B96

    268. Turn right onto Tempelhofer Ufer

    269. Continue onto Waterloo-Ufer

    270. Continue onto Gitschiner Straße

    271. Turn left onto PrinzenstraßeGo through 1 roundabout

    272. Continue onto Heinrich-Heine-Straße

    273. Turn right onto Annenstraße

    274. Turn left toward Schmidstraße

    275. Take the 1st right onto SchmidstraßeDestination will be on the left

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