I've been fortunate to travel a lot in my life, but coming to Berlin, Germany, for the 2019 NHL Global Series, marks the first time that such lengthy travel has been work-related.
After raining most of the day, the skies finally started clearing at night. Perfect timing, really, since I spent most of the remaining day either in an airplane or at Mercedes-Benz Arena, where the Chicago Blackhawks tried to erase some of their jetlag with a fun practice featuring 4-on-4 play. So once work was done, it was my chance to stroll through this great city.
I spent one day in Berlin a few years ago on a 24-hour layover at the end of another European trip. That day, I made it a point to see Checkpoint Charlie, which was close to my hotel. But Friday night's walk also included the Berlin Wall. A few fellow scribes and I were enjoying the evening when we passed a section of the wall that includes some beautiful murals. Our walk continued to Oberhaum Bridge, a city landmark, where we saw many people taking advantage of the improved weather that evening. I'm learning Berlin is a city of cyclists, but the bike paths are hit and miss. Hey, at least they ring bells to let you know they're around.
I'm hoping to see a little more of the city over the next day or two, weather pending. I've been lucky to get around this world quite a bit. Work has brought me on the latest European adventure.