Trip Start Jan 07, 2006
18Trip End Jun 2006
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The most memorable day there was probably our last. May Day. When thousands of locals go onto the streets to demonstrate for labour rights and other causes.
The tradition on May Day has evolved in Berlin. Initially, the day focused strictly on demonstrations and protests. Unfortunately, among those who were there for a legitimate cause, were those who just wanted to cause a ruckus. A few years ago they had major riots break out. Since then, the city decided to change the whole concept of the day. Instead of focusing primarly on demonstrations, they have made it into a full day festival on a major street that they close off to traffic.
The event started with a peaceful march, of mainly young people, who interesting enough were waiving red flags and photos of Karl Marx! Post demonstration, there were stages set up everywhere with live music, stands selling beer and food and a great vibe altogether. We met up with a crew from our hostel and had a great time just lounging on the grass, listening to the music and people watching.
It was after dark when things apparently do get out of control, with lots of angry people banding together to fight causes such as 'cop-hating'. But we were gone by then, didn't really care to partake in that!
That night, I hopped on a train to get to London, where I am right now. Staying with Ari's friends here.