For those of you who do not know my area of study is World War II so I am very excited to be in Berlin. I have read about most of all of the historically significant places in Berlin before, being able to see them first hand opened up a whole new perspective. When we first got to Berlin we went straight to the city center and started seeing the sights. We saw the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, and many other memorials and buildings. We finish the night by going up to the roof of the Reichstag (German Parliament building) and watched the sun set over Berlin and the glass dome on top light up. We then explored the city some more and I got my first Kebab, it was love at first sight. We then took the subway back to our hotel, and we were the only one's on the subway without a beer in hand. One guy got on without a beer and started talking to us, but after rolling a ciggerette he pulled one out of his bag and popped it open. After declining several invitations to go bar-hopping we headed back to the hotel for a much needed nights sleep.
Berlin Day 2 -
We woke up this morning and headed out to Potsdam. Potsdam is a town about a half hour outside of Berlin where Fredrick the Great had a few palaces built. It is also where the potsdam conference was held, this is where Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt met to decide the fate of post WWII Europe. It was beautiful, we took some pictures and wandered around a little while. I also brought the total of the number of imperical palace gardens I've peed in up to three. I'm still unwilling to pay to go to the bathroom!
After Potsdam we headed back to Berlin to go on a walking tour. Our guide was a cool guy from the Czech Republic. It was cool to get further insight on the places we were seeing. Crazy coincidence is that on the day Micheal Jackson died we went and saw the balcony he dangled his baby off of. Outside the hotel there were people singing Micheal Jackson songs with a kareoke machines in honor of his death. I am now in Cambridge so I am going to post some pictures. For pictures from the first part of the trip you can check out my facebook page where I will post more of them.