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Giving directions

Dear Andrea,

I'm looking forward to seeing you next Thursday. I would like to pick you up from the airport Tegel at 9:30 a.m. but I've got a new job and I have to work at that time. I'm so sorry. So I'll describe the way to my flat.

The airport Tegel is not so big. You will find the way out very easily. Next to the exit is the bus stop. You have to take the bus X9. This is an express bus line to the train station Bahnhof Zoo. The airport Tegel is the starting-point and Bahnhof Zoo is the end-stop of this line - you can't make a mistake. Buy a daily ticket - it costs about 12 DM. You can use it until 3 o'clock next morning and we can paint the town red on Thursday evening.
Bahnhof Zoo is in the centre of the western part of Berlin. A tip: Don't stay too long near the Bahnhof Zoo. There are drug-dealers and other criminals. At Bahnhof Zoo you can go the fast way with the S-Bahn (town train) or take a nice trip with the bus line 100. I recommend using the bus line. It starts only few meters from the end stop of the X9.
The bus line 100 connects both centres of Berlin and it will be a little sight seeing trip. From the top bus-deck you will see the ruin of the church Gedächniskirche and the Europa Center first. Later the bus will go through the big park Tiergarten with the "pregnant oyster" (House of the Cultures of the World) and the new buildings of the German government on the left hand side. Maybe you will see the sky scrapers at the Potsdamer Platz far on the right hand side. You can't miss the Brandenburger Tor. The Berlin Wall was here and you will reach the eastern part of Berlin.
So the bus will go along the big street Unter den Linden, with the Staatsoper, the Deutsches Musem and other sights. After that the bus will cross the river Spree. On the left hand side is the Museums Insel (island of the museums) and the big cathedral Berliner Dom. On the right is the ugly big GDR-building Palast der Republik. Next you will cross the river Spree again. On the right hand side is the church St. Marien Kirche and behind the tall TV-Tower. In front you can see the S-Bahn station Alexanderplatz. This is the east centre of Berlin and you have to get out the bus at stop Alexanderplatz.
Now Change to the tram line 5. The tram stop is between the S-Bahn-Station Alexander Platz and the TV-Tower. Take the direction "Hohenschönhausen" (not "Hackescher Markt"). Now it will take you about 20 minutes by tram. You will see a display in the tram shows the stop names. Go out at "Freienwalder Strasse". Change the street side of the street Konrad-Wolf-Strasse and you will find the street Manetstrasse few meter ahead. Go into the Manetstrasse and walk down the road for about 150 meter and you will find my house (number 23). Ring to my neighbour he will give you the key to my flat. You can use everything as it as yours. I will come about 6 o'clock and we will have a nice evening.

Love Otto
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