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Germany Day 5: Visit with ‘Wall Street’ Reporter

Day 5 was mostly uneventful, but we did have a chance to chat with Mary Lane, a Wall Street Journal arts reporter based in the newspaper’s Berlin offices. Photos from the day are below.

Also, here are some more tips I’ve picked up since getting here:

Exchange rate: If you find a place to buy euros close to the going exchange rate before you travel, load up. Once you’re in a tourist-heavy city like Berlin, the exchange rate will likely be heftily be raised. And don’t plan on just using your credit card without transaction fees: Berlin, for example, is cash only in a great deal of places.

Power adapter: You probably won’t forget to buy a power adapter because you knew that different countries have different outlets and voltages. But, if you have any three-pronged power cords, don’t forget to also get an adapter that switches the two prongs of your adapter to the three of your device. The three-prong adapter will set you back less than a dollar.

Foreign friendliness: Most natives will act right kindly to you, whether they’re just nice people or excited about nabbing your tourists dollars. But a select few will yell out expletives, followed by “… tourists!” The best move is, of course, to suck it up and move on. A trip to the hospital because you came back with the only foreign insult you knew is not worth it.

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