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Tamar

I live in a Berlin Plattenbau (you're invited next time you'll be in the East), and the walls are nothing but thin, at least not more than in any other "Neubau" flat (those in Altbau are very thick). Perhaps it is the Ostel's own division of flat between the rooms?

Don

"But then again, perhaps it pays to consider how much time you spend making brand choices, and whether this is really the highest and best use of your time..."

True, but not everyone lives their lives throuigh brand choices. I tend to buy my necessities by the rule that the cheapest item which fulfills my requirements wins. Durability is usually my major criteria. For things like furniture I tend to buy used pieces of a reasonably pleasing form and then repaint or otherwise renovate them into a form I find far more fulfilling than anything I could buy in a shop.

Don

"The paradox is that in Germany, the capital, even though the most populous city, is not the economic center, quite the contrary."

The capital not being the economic centre is not unusual globally. A similar pattern is seen in Italy, the US, Canada, China, India, and even Japan.

I have to get to see Berlin soon. It sounds like a good bargain as well as a great city. I am fond of great archeological museums and Berlin has several I understand.....

Norbert

In Berlin the tourist is still king. In all price catgories, public transport, hotels, restaurants and bars are all insanely cheap compared to almost any other European capital. It will probably stay that way for some years to come, as there are still large over-capacities in hotels and other accomodation, and the purchasing power of the locals is still modest. The paradox is that in Germany, the capital, even though the most populous city, is not the economic center, quite the contrary.

Michael

"it pays to consider how much time you spend making brand choices, and whether this is really the highest and best use of your time..."

Amen, comrade! I think the film "Goodbye Lenin" really made that point nicely, too.

Don

I saw a story about this place in one oif the London papers, I think. It looked like fun. A good call to replace the mattresses, I think. A log cabin is cute and has atmosphere but not if one has to curl up on a dirt floor in a verminous blanket - that is taking authenticity too far! Same goes for the mattresses....

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