Berlin! Berlin! Wir fahren nach Berlin!

Trip Start Jan 07, 2010
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Trip End Apr 12, 2010


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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Berlin, a city full of history, emotion, and beauty. I have enjoyed everything this citty has
given me. At times the city feels more like a movie, as you walk amongst the historical buildings
and monuments you feel as if you are living the times. Walking through the Holocost Memorial is
a true sensory experience. You see this are and it doesn't look like anything other than
a field full of large what look like tomb stones or graves, but as you start to walk through
the traffic noise disappears; the sunlight dims and you are taken to a place where you feel
alone and on edge. The artist who designed the memorial did not leave an explanation for his
design, and I feel that by leaving the area mysterious and mystic people's imaginations and
minds are free to create a very unique and personalized experience. I definitly will not
forget my thoughts as I passed through.

The city is full of large streets, gigantic buildings, museums, young people, graffiti, and
sometimes there is a strange smell. Maybe, just maybe the smell is the from the history which is saturated in the soil. I found it very amazing that a city which has been destroyed several times, fought hyperinflation, experienced major discrimination and yet it is here, and it towers above most other cities I have been to and
it truely is amazing. This city is an inspiration, the quote about "Night being darkest
just before the dawn" really fits this city.

If I had to pick a city to live in that I have visited so far, Berlin would be it. Maybe its
the snow, maybe its the Currywurst or maybe its the accent German have went they speak english.
My intentions of staying for two nights QUICKLY changed to four nights as I arrived to the
most beautiful train station I have ever seen! It is brand new with trains above you, trains
below you and escalators/glass/and stores everwhere! My guide on one of the tours I took said
that this is the most snow they have had in the last 30 years! (nothing much compared to SK!)
Benjamin also mentioned that they broke a record in January for the longest period of no sun,
which due to all the numbers and facts thrown at me I have forgot how long it was!
Berlin is broke, yet amazing buildings are everywhere! The city has a relaxed Police force.
Prostitution, marijuana (under 10grams), discret public urination, alcohol in public, sex in
public are all legal here! It is however heavily frowned upon to cross the street on a red no cross
sign! Berlin is built to hold 7 million people, but has never broke the 4 million mark! So,
abandoned buildings are easy to find and add to the experience of being here. The graffiti
found is thought of an art here. Europes highest birthrate is here, lots of babies and children,
maybe that is why it is so bad to cross street on red, children see you doing it and will
follow your actions.

There are so many things I experienced here that perhaps this city is a case of "A picture
says a thousand words" so as I sit in this Deli type of place, waiting for my train to Prague,
Czech Republic I will say that Berlin is definitly a diamond in the rough. It was not what
I thought it would be and would have to place it as one of the greatest places I have been to.

Jot Notes:
-Pergamon Museum
-Berlin Wall
-Check Point Charlie
-Currywurst
-Small Keg
-Pub Crawl
-Concentration Camp
-Free Transportation (?)
-African Hostel
-EastSeven Hostel
-Australians and there sleeping
-Teachers
-Hot Wine

P.S.
I just remember a funny story. Awhile back I was on my way to my seat on an airplane and was
stuck in the isle due to a man putting his back away prior to sitting. He was fairly
old I would say 70ish.. He now moves to get into his seat and hits his head rather hard
on the ceiling! He is startled and holds his hand against his head and is very upset. He now
after 10 seconds finds some composure and THEN punches the ceiling with his hand!! It was
soooo funny!!
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Tom on

I thought the girl was kinda cute.

Alida on

I don t see somethıng spesıal ın pıctures of Parıs

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