We made it out of London. We had to wake up around 7:30 to make sure we would get a warm shower...it turned out that the water was still cold-waste of 30 minutes that we could have been sleeping. We left the hostel around 8:15 to head to the airport. Lucky for us, the Piccadilly line that was right outside our hostel ran straight to St. Pancras International train station. St. Pancras is the only station in London that is passport controlled-since from there we could have gone to Paris or Brussels or a number of other places. On our way back to London we will probably have to come through this station. From St. Pancras we purchased tickets for the Luton (l-oo-ton) express, an above ground train. It took approximately 20 minutes to get to the airport parkway where we had to take a shuttle bus to the actual airport. The complete trip to the airport probably took about an hour. We arrived at the airport an hour and a half earlier than we needed to be-so we had to wait. When we were able to check in, we found out that our backpacks were too large to be carry-ons so we had to check them. Danny was hesitant to check his bags because he doesn't trust his bags in other people's hands. It turned out okay though. The easy jet flight was first come first serve seating and we got the row of seats that did not lean back-go figure!
We landed at the Berlin Schonefeld airport around 3:00pm. The customs men were not the nicest guys we came across. Leigh was questioned for a little while with rediculous questions-he probably liked her! We picked up our bags and headed out to meet Peter(Leigh's uncle). He was waiting for us as soon as we walked out of the doors. We then drove about 15 minutes back to the house. Peti was not home yet so Peter gave us a beer to drink while we waited for her to get back. When she arrived we were given the grand tour of their house and of the house nextdoor where we will be staying (the house that Leigh's dad grew up in). We then had time to grab a WARM shower before dinner-it was awesome! After our showers we came back next door and had another drink before dinner-a mix of rum, peppermint, lemons, limes, and brown sugar-it was good! Dinner was then served! A phenomenal German meal-pork, white asparagus, and potatoes. After dinner we called Leigh's parents using Skype-a nifty internet calling device; it's a lot like instant messanger but with camera talk only. Now, we are just updating everyone on our travel while Peter is making us ice cream.
We have a full day tomorrow-Peti and Peter have planned a lot of different activities for us! It should be a lot of fun! Hopefully we'll find a way to update our photos-or buy a new camera!