There is nothing I loathe more than the cold. Especially when it's supposed to be hot. It was August, after all. Top that off with grey skies and endless lines and you'll be seeing quite a bad side of me.
I was in Berlin, "showing my mom around Europe." It was her first time here. But in all honesty, it was just the blind leading the blind.
As we stood in a seemingly stagnant line to reach the top of the TV Tower, my mom flipped through her "Rick Steves' Europe" book. I complained under my breath. I could not care less about Rick Steves' public transportation suggestions. I just wanted to get inside the building, where it was warm.
Directly in front of us were two jolly, large, middle aged woman, seeming to have the greatest time since the invention of bungee jumping. At one point, they turned around and began a conversation with my mom and me. The only problem? I could not understand what they were saying, and for the life of me, I could not even figure out what language they were even speaking. My mom and offered kind smiles and shook our heads.
They repeated the same gibberish, just this time, a little slower.
"English?" I asked.
The women looked at each other and the one on the left replied, "ahhh...." while the one on the right mimed out something, flailing her arms, thinking I'd understand. They knew no English, but I knew they had asked us some type of question. Okay. "United States." I answered. What else could pointing at the ground possibly signify?
"Ahhh!!!" the woman said again.
They looked at each other and said "Kazakhstan."
Before I knew it, the four of us ladies were enjoying the view of Berlin's skyline from the top of the TV Tower. Though it was miserably grey, the Kazakhstani mimes' jolly zest for life had rubbed off on me.
After stepping back from the window, the ladies looked at me, motioning to take a photograph. Sure, I can take a photograph. So, I smiled - it is the universal body language for acceptance. Suddenly, one of the had a phone out and the other had wrapped me up in her arms. She wanted a photo with me!
"America - friend - thank - ya" she said.