The Anzacs Invade Germany!

Trip Start Feb 27, 2012
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Trip End May 19, 2012


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Sunday, May 13, 2012

I have always had an unhealthy obsession with Germany. I love its brutal language, I worship its engineering prowess and I have misspent a childhood playing computer games against its armies.

Today I finally got to visit.

I slept in badly in the morning and very nearly missed the bus. On the way we visited the city of Dresden – famous for having the crap blown out of it by the allies in World War II. It's impressive church in the center square was only recently rebuilt and still bears the scars.

While we were there we sampled a German delicacy; currywurst. It’s sausage with curry, hells yes!

The shop Luke our tour guide took us to had a scale of 1-7 of sausage hotness on offer with 1 being the most sissy. The number 7 (aka "Da Bomb Final Answer") had a strength of 1 million Scoville’s. To put that in perspective a whole Jalapeņo chilli is only about 300,000 Scovilles, 1 million is just short of law enforcement grade pepper spray..

Most of the group were too pansy to try anything more than a 3. I naturally went for the 7 and lost feeling in my face. I fear the worst pain however is yet to come.. Chris went one step further and smashed through a whole 7 in only a few minutes and then proceeded to lick the plate clean. Respect.

Then after lots and lots more driving we arrived in Berlin. We explored a big part of the old Wall covered in awesome murals before touring the city in the bus. This place is really cool, I couldn’t wait to explore on foot. In the evening we headed out to a local beer hall for some massive Steins. The beer here is delicious – better even than Czech republic and still cheap as. What’s not to like about this country? One of the guys on the tour (Burty) turned 21 at midnight so many had a fairly massive night out.

The next day we started with a Third Reich walking tour with some bleeding heard liberal post grad student. Much of her commentary was eye rolling material but we got to see some cool sights like the Hitlers’ Bunker (now a carpark), the Jewish War memorial and the Reichstag, which looks totally like the one in Call of Duty – such attention to detail these Germans.

We finished the tour outside check-point Charlie – one of the few places that diplomats could pass from east to west Berlin before the wall came down. Now it stands in the middle of a huge retail strip. Take that Socialism.

For lunch stopped for Kebabs. A lot of Turks live here and when you combine their meat cooking skills with the German’s bread baking skills what you get is the best Kebab I have ever tasted – and only €3!

Afterward me Conrad, Steve and Tim tried to leg it to the German Technical Museum, which is supposed to be kinda like Motat but in the same way that Rainbows End is like kinda like Disneyland . After hours of searching however we found that it was closed for the day….oops.

We visited the History Museum instead which was really good. My favorite display was models of what Hitler was planning to build if he won the war. Basically he was going to tear Berlin down and rebuild it as “Germania” with huge monuments that would put Rome to total shame. Nuts.

After that the rest of the boys went back for some sleep and I continued on. Eventually by chance I ran into Liz who had been on a graffiti art tour with some of the girls while I was doing the “boring war stuff”. Liz reports that the tour was great and a must-do for next time.

The final evening of the tour was spent on a pub crawl. We got a shot at every bar but drinks were pretty expensive, so our hipflask came in handy again. Berlin’s nightlife is epic. We had a killer night.

What else can I say Germany. You were even better that I had hoped.

My favorite place in Europe so far.
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