• Posted:Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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Let your iPod show you the way around Berlin
Many a time have I been out and about on my travels, staying in a hostel in Berlin or wherever, and looked up to find out that I have no clue where it is I am and that I've left my trusty map back in my room where, no doubt, it has been snaffled up by another canny jetsetter who knows the importance of keeping such things on their personage.

Thankfully, we're living in the digital age and there are now such inventions as iPods that can help forgetful souls like myself take better care when travelling. If you're in Berlin, for example, and you can't find your way to the Botanischer Garten, a quick perusal on iMetro - which costs $1.99 (£1.18) to download and has metro maps for 28 cities around the world - will help you get there. And the maps are scalable as well, for added convenience. Thank you, Expatica.com, for bringing this great app to my attention. I can't wait to make use of it!

Berlin's Botanischer Garten, by the way, is well worth a visit. It has a cathedral-shaped glass dome and houses 22,000 plants from across the globe, as well as a smell and touch garden for blind and partially-sighted tourists. Its main tropical greenhouse, which remains one of the largest unsupported buildings of its kind, has just been reopened to the public after a bit of a reconstruction, so make sure you pop in there. You can get in between 10:00 and 18:00 local time every day except Christmas Eve so there's plenty of opportunity to check out some of the flora.

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