Actually that's funny...usually Berliners are very friendly towards Americans...there's still quite a few who remember the "Luftbruecke" or at least Kennedy's speech in front of the Rathaus Schoeneberg! ("Ich bin ein Berliner"). You probably met some crazy Rhinelanders, who are trying to occupy my hometown
("Auslaender rein, Rhinelanders raus").
No, not really, probably some younger ones who thought "why the hell doesn't he speak English...?"
And one thing is important: The city of Berlin is poor, piss-poor as you put it, or rather bankrupt, as I would put it, but there's one advantage: It's cheap. I know most Western supercities, but none comes close to the low price level of Berlin!!
TXL is indeed an ugly excuse for an airport butthere's one advantage: It's in the middle of the city, absolutely great!
NoUFO: You mean former Prussian...you have just been excommunicated
Please leave the city until Monday high noon at the latest, otherwise you'll be declared "Rhinelander"...and you know what that means, don't you
[Edited 2004-03-19 17:07:11]