Saturday, October 12, 2013

Wir sind in Berlin!! (Flashback 1)

Post-post happening #1....taking you back to Berlin via journal ramblings from those days...

"Wir sind in Berlin!

Crazy journey but so worth it....

Kelsey and I had a long, hectic evening. Today we can relax more and joke about it. So close to tears many times. Missed our coach [bus to Americans] to the airport, harassed by a couple guys, successfully hailed a cab, had a great cabbie, couldn't buy a ticket in time, a (shady) man sold them to us for £30 (£15 each), ran in the airport (sprinted), misguided a few times, made it to the gate (delay!!!), had to sprint to get Visas approved, sprint back, and just made our flight."


"We went to see Checkpoint Charlie and I got my passport stamped with all the stamps from the time period! We walked to Unter den Linden and saw many shops along there.

The Brandenburg Tor was massive!

We hit up all of the big touristy/historic places:

Homosexual Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

Berlin Victory Column

Bundesrathaus where Angela Merkel works

Pictures taken with as many of these Berliner Bären as we could find...we found about 20!

Schloß Charlottenburg

 Ein anderer Berliner Bär

Humbling remembrances...

This train station sent thousands to their deaths...

TV Tower

St. Mari's Cathedral

...ending up in Potsdamm."

Other notables: Columbia concentration camp, where Hitler made many speeches. Eerie how it has become a mark with little markings...Sony arena, which was an incredible place, quite alive at night.

and the top of the Berliner Dom

as well as the Topography of Terror.

Walking around One of my favorite European cities, although each one seems to have a special little place in my heart...

Souvenir for my Fajer, who was not allowed in Berlin during
his military tours because he knew too much

Cozy hat for chilly walks...

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