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In which Berlin earns its cosmopolitan credentials

We’re in Berlin visiting Ragnheiður, youngest stepdaughter, who has been living here since January. Berlin hasn’t changed much since we were here last year, but boy – the prices sure have. They’ve doubled.

Which of course might have some relation to the wee problems we’ve been having with our own currency, and its 100 percent drop against the euro in one year. We’ve gone from being the shopaholics of Europe to the tourist version of the Little Girl with the Matches – we can stare in through the shop windows, but we can’t buy.

Not comfortably, in any case.

Which oddly is also kind of liberating. We have more time to look around, to check out the sights.

Speaking of which, today Ragnheiður took us out to show us around her part of the city, and made a special point of ducking into a store to show us this:

opal in Berlin

Here we have two different flavours of Opal and one flavour of Tópas [salty licorice] – about the most commonplace of all Icelandic sweets, tucked away in a corner of a gourmet shop in Prenzlauer Berg.

Something which we considered awesome enough to take a picture of. In fact I think we can skip the rest of the sights. Surely nothing can top this.

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  • Ljósmynd DE June 16, 2009, 6:18 am

    It must feel like window-shopping in Reykjavik for German tourists a couple of years ago, when the króna peaked at about 75 ISK/EUR.

    Those Opal boxes are one of my favourite souvenirs from Iceland (I prefer the red ones, sugarfree), but it would take some dedication to buy them at 2,70 EUR for one single box.

  • Gunnar D June 16, 2009, 9:05 am

    Only if the Opal had been blue – it would have topped this!

  • Meagan June 16, 2009, 5:17 pm

    Is there some sort of Opal thing going on right now? Both of the blogs (yours included) that showed up in the Travel section of my Google Reader today mentioned Opal. And you’re not even IN Iceland right now!

    Will add this to my list of things to check out in less than two weeks!

  • alda June 16, 2009, 5:26 pm

    LDE – ah, the good old days! *sigh*

    Gunnar – totally right!!

    Meagan – that’s weird. Hm. I don’t know of any particular Opal buzz happening, probably just serendipity. 🙂

  • Ólöf Auður June 16, 2009, 6:34 pm

    Jih en fyndið! Ekki hafði ég frétt af þessu til NY;)
    Kossar til ykkar og góða skemmtun!!

  • Unnur María Bergsveinsdóttir June 16, 2009, 10:39 pm

    Awsome find! 🙂 I never fail to get that patrotic feel when I stumble across Icelandic baccalau in Mexican markets. 😉

  • hildigunnur June 16, 2009, 11:02 pm

    Black Ópal’s horrible, anyway, the red one’s nice but I prefer green Tópas to the purple one any day. Bluuuueeeehhh Ópal, I miss you…

  • Voyager June 18, 2009, 6:27 am

    Is Opal salty licorice too? The only kind I have seen here comes from Holland.
    V.

  • JoeInVegas June 18, 2009, 4:51 pm

    And a mirror behind the shelves too!

  • alda June 18, 2009, 11:27 pm

    Takk Ólöf mín, sömuleiðis! 🙂

    Unnur María – yes it’s in our genes, I think.

    Hildigunnur – blue Ópal THE BEST.

    V. – yes, it’s salty, but not overly. just right.

    Joe – indeed! But we were less concerned about that (as you can see). 😉

  • Cassie June 23, 2009, 10:38 pm

    Well, I’m obviously a little behind here but … I had to say something about the Opal. If only there were someplace here that carried it, I wouldn’t have to beg friends to mail it across the Atlantic. (And I’d totally take a picture if I saw it outside of Iceland.)

  • JBJ June 23, 2009, 11:36 pm

    Blue Opal group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2374639134

    Cassie: http://www.nammi.is/ stocks them and other delicacies.