Day 2: August 28, 2015 Time: 09:00 Location: Berlin, Germany
Guten Morgen aus Berlin!
Today it is all about the car. We spent the morning anxiously counting the minutes until the clock would ring 10:00 o’clock so we could call Ali the car dealer. First high five moment of the day! Our Land Rover has passed the toughest test, the bureaucratic exam necessary to deregister the car in Germany and get the export license plates. Phew… we can breath freely now. After all the craziness of yesterday, the chances of obtaining the necessary papers, stamps and license plates did not look so fat. Anyway all the big worries are behind now, the plates are secured, and the car just has to pass a check up at a workshop that is of course friends with the car dealer. Pick-up time 17:00 and we can hit the road as planned the day after.
Seeing as we got some time on our hands before we brought our Rover back home, we decided to take care of one important business. Stock up on some road trip essentials. Nope… not camping gear or a trailer… Wool clothes of course! On the insistence of Andreas, the man cannot resist his shopping urges. He has recently discovered a newfound passion for Merino wool clothes.
When travelling long and constrained on the amount of luggage you can carry, it is great to have clothes that don’t need to be washed every day. On this trip some of the Merino wool items became our travel companions. To put in a word of admiration, this wool has all the benefits of wool and the softness of cotton. It keeps you warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s hot. It’s naturally odour-resistant / antibacterial so it can go days without washing. Woah if this was happening in a movie you would by now be bombarded by major product placement all over the place. But seriously the Merino sheep didn’t sponsor us unfortunately, so this is only a tip for the road from two travellers who have crossed many roads.
Little after 17:00 we arrive at the all-too-familiar car compound, and are presented with our red license plates. Second high five of the day! After a few moments of pure joy, and signing of Kaufvertrag, that suddenly had a much lower price neatly scribbled in for the official records only, we join Ali on a short drive to the car workshop. At the workshop before getting off the car, we are kindly asked to settle the workshop payment in the car… Hmm… not shady at all! But we are pressed on time and the sight of our Rover is far too tempting to renew price negotiations.
After what seemed like eternity, the car is ready and we can seal the deal.
After two days spent exploring the used car markets of Berlin, we are now proud owners of a Land Rover Freelander in British racing green, the one and only iconic colour! Third high five of the day. Roads of Eastern Europe we are coming!
Photos © Andreas Eriksen & Ani Movsisyan