Day 18 – Counting with Numbers

3 Oct

So I had to make a decision on how I want to get around Berlin. There were six main choices

  1. Buy a bike and take the tram (pay as you go)
  2. Tram (monthly pass 74 euro) plus walking
  3. Walk everywhere
  4. Remain immobile
  5. Buy a car
  6. Use a taxi service

The factors I had to consider were complicated and many. I will list them all for you now:

  1. When hanging out with Berliners they all have bikes – my bikelessness might impact rendezvous times
  2. The weather will not stay nice forever – walking and biking in the rain sucks
  3. Sometimes I want to visit locations that are outside of biking / walking distance
  4. The other people in my German school do not have bikes and are relying on pubic transportation
  5. Berlin has an awesome streetcar / underground / train / bus system
  6. In Berlin one can purchase a pass for 30 days (e.g. June 5 to July 4) or for the calendar month.
  7. I’m going to be leaving Berlin for a few days next month (maybe two weeks)
  8. If I get a bike I need to sell it before I return to Kanada
  9. Walking is good exercise but it is very time consuming
  10. The pay-as-you-go use of the tram / subway is about 6 euros for a day pass (or about 1.5 euros per trip within the AB Zone)
  11. I can use time on the tram / subway to educate you with this blog or to read or to study the German
  12. Sometimes I’m required to move large quantities of substances around the city
  13. Right now I am of no fixed address
  14. One usually sees the more interesting things on the trams / subways

12 Responses to “Day 18 – Counting with Numbers”

  1. Uncle Ross October 3, 2011 at 15:17 #

    Is there another way to count?
    …and shouldn’t you be counting in German just for practice?

  2. Jason Chapman (@jasonAchapman) October 3, 2011 at 15:35 #

    You have quite obviously already decided to use public transit. Sensible.

    Not sensible? Spelling Canada the German way. It’s killing me.

  3. Bene October 3, 2011 at 15:43 #

    I’ll help you with your decision: I’ll lend you my (old but still functioning I think) bike, you won’t have to pay, won’t have to resell it at the end of your journey. And sorry to contradict you but I would rather say “one usually see the most interesting things on a bike”!!!

  4. Lottabot October 3, 2011 at 18:12 #

    I think Canada should be spelled the way it’s pronounced: Känädä

    • Die Hard Three October 3, 2011 at 18:22 #

      The umlauts would make us look tougher too. Like all those heavy metal bands. Mötley Crüe, Queensrÿche, Motörhead, Blue Öyster Cult, Spın̈al Tap, Moxy Früvous.

      • Lottabot October 4, 2011 at 14:33 #

        I’m not convinced about the Spinal Tap one =)
        And you forgot to mention Röyksopp – the biggest of them all =)

    • Sanna November 24, 2011 at 19:59 #

      I prefer Känädä as well! 😉

  5. Jesse October 3, 2011 at 19:23 #

    What substances are you transporting?

  6. Bene October 3, 2011 at 20:10 #

    Oh come on Jason the combination of bike and public transportation would just be perfect!

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