Berlin Day 2
Trip Start Sep 16, 2009
51Trip End Aug 18, 2010
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Then we walked back to the bus to pick up a few things and happened to run into the French troupe as they were leaving the festival area with a huge parade of their puppets and machinery
Then we made our way back to the Brandenburg Gate to get some closer pictures of both the back and the front. We walked through the Holocaust Memorial near the gate which consisted of hundreds of concrete blocks of varying heights. It created a very interesting effect when I walked between the rows when the blocks were higher than my head. We also passed some guards with machine guns and well trained german shepherds (are they just "Shephards" in Germany??).
As we walked towards the Jewish Museum we passed some more interesting areas. Checkpoint Charlie near the wall was very interesting. This was a crossing point from East to West in the Berlin wall for members of the Allied forces. This was also the location of the Berlin Crisis in 1961.
We got a student discount at the Jewish Muesum, since we are students, and we walked for about 1 1/2 hours through the museum. The information was interesting, it goes all the way back to the origins of the religion and the lifestyle of the Jews throughout history. I would have liked to spend more time in the museum but we had to get back to the bus fast to get back to Braunschweig so we had to take the U-Bahn a few stops.
This weekend was amazing in so many ways. The people were great considering we were warned that Berliners are not nice to foreigners! The reunification festival was similar to the Fourth of July in DC x10. The food was great, the hostel was clean, the festival was one of a kind and everything was free, except for the 2.50 euro charge at the museum, and U-Bahn tickets!!!