Trip Start Aug 30, 2005
Trip End Jan 04, 2006

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Well I am terribly sorry, but I haven't been able to post my last two posts. I am here in Berlin with my parents attempting to use a German keyboard. I guess I have been lucky so far using Maia's computer (thanks by the way). So what I am trying to say is that I will post them some time next week.

My parents have been visiting me in Krakow since sundaz night and I have been giving them the grand tour. They are on their 2nd week of traveling throughout Europe and are tired but having a great time. Taking them around Krakow I am realizing how much this citz has become my new home. I know all the cheap (and I mean cheap... 50 Cents for a big bowl of soup!) Anyways. Since its my birthday this weekend (sunday...sunday.. sunday...) I decided that I would like to see Berlin. Strange choice but now that I am here I am realizing how intelligent a decision it is.

Berlin is the best stepping stone to the West, being that the wall was here that divided the two. Its really interesting cause they have all the wealth and amenities of the west but the architecture and influences of Russia.

We took a night train from Poland to Berlin on Thursday night. We arrived early and I set to work with my usual routine of orienting myself and taking charge. Somehow (I know some of you are smirking about my supposed "bossiness") I have earned the reputation to be person who knows how to see everything in the city without getting lost, basically I have awesome orientation skills. I took my parents to see east Berlin. We walked for over 5 hours and it was awesome. We saw the Reighstag, which is the house of parliament, the Brandenburg Gate where the wall was situated in front of, The Berlin Cathedral an amazing Protestant Church with a huge dome (This is the first protestant Church I have seen in 2 months of visiting Catholic churches), The TV tower, Old medieval town, Nicholas Church, and of course Check Point Charlie and the last remain part of the BERLIN WALL. Stange fact:The largest fragment of wall is in Las Vegas.

We came back to the hotel (yeah nice hotel with free Internet) and we met with my brothers Aunt and Uncle for dinner (Note: Hauke, Dad is scheming that you can now come over here soon, especially since you wont get drafted to the German army). We went to a local restaurant for the first of my birthday dinners where they gave me free strudel with a giant sparkler and champagne.

Tomorrow we are doing a boat tour on the Spree river as well as I am doing (without mom and dad cause it would be too much walking) a tour that a friend (Melissa thanks) has recommended to me. I am psyched.

Remember I will write about the last two weekends next week, so don't worry. I haven't dropped off the face of the earth.

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