I had a glorious sleep in on my first full day in Berlin, and didn't want to do a walking tour yet because Gyurme would arrive the next day and would also want to go, so I decided to explore the shopping area called Alexanderplatz.
It's a large area with open plazas between shops and food stalls, and a big indoor mall at one end. It also has some interesting fountains and sculptures like this huge clock that shows the time in cities around the world.
It's also the home of the TV Tower, the tallest structure in Germany.
I found amusing confirmation of the German love of simulation games (a whole row dedicated to them in the computer store) and also found a store clearly owned by one of my old lecturers.
After walking around all day, I managed to buy a new pair of shoes, necessary because, at this point my shoes were leaking in water through the soles when it rained.Read more