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    • Day3


      September 9 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Idag fick vi gratis frukost som kompensation för att de strulade med våra kort igårkväll, win för oss!
      Sedan har vi cyklat runt nästan hela Berlin, runt runt! Vi har sett Checkpoint Charlie, muren x2, Potsdamer Platz, Förintelsemonumentet, Brandenburger Tor, Riksdagshuset i Berlin (där vi lunchade på mat vi tog med från frukosten), Siegessäule, Victims of the Berlin Wall Window of Remembrance och en massa platser och härliga gator där emellan 😁
      Ikväll träffade vi Henrik och Jesper igen och åt 'dönner' (typ kebabrulle fast ändå inte 😅), sjukt vanligt här, finns överallt och är billigt (5€) för mkt mat!
      / Amsterdam
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      Håll i styret med båda händerna! 😠


      haha, på videon ser det mycket värre ut än det var, komprimerad bild, de gick jättebra attcykla 🤪



    • Day5

      Stasi Museum

      December 21, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      One has to see it to believe it but the level of intrusion into the lives of every citizen of the GDR is mind boggling.
      The Stasimuseum is located in House 1 on the former grounds of the headquarters of the GDR Ministry for State Security (MfS). The building was erected in 1960-61 as the offices of Erich Mielke, who served as Minister for State Security from 1957 until the end of the GDR.
      On 15 January 1990 demonstrators took over the Stasi headquarters.
      A week later, the Central Round Table, a committee made up of representatives of the SED dictatorship and civil rights groups, decided that a “memorial and research centre on GDR Stalinism” should be established in House 1. When nothing came of this declaration of intent, members of the Berlin citizens’ committee and other civil rights activists took action and began securing the historic site.
      In August they founded the association “Antistalinistische Aktion e.V.” (ASTAK). On 7 November 1990, it opened the Research Centre and Memorial at Normannenstrasse with an exhibition titled “Against the Sleep of Reason”. House 1, later named the Stasi Museum, has been open to the public ever since.
      The offices of Erich Mielke are preserved in their original condition and form the centrepiece of the historic site.
      Since 1990, ASTAK has shown different exhibitions, providing information about the State Security and how its activities affected the GDR population. The permanent exhibition “State Security in the SED Dictatorship,” which the association created jointly with the Stasi Records Agency, opened in House 1 in January 2015.
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      I found the whole concept of the Stasi extremely confronting. The idea of friends and relatives spying on each other, secret recording devices, cameras and smell jars restricted liberties, separation of loved ones and deliberate emotional torture of innocent citizens was quite overwhelming. I know Rich would have been a target!!

    • Day64


      October 24 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 63 °F

      This is our second visit to Berlin. We fell in love with it 8 years ago when we visited during the 25th anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Wall. It will be hard to compete with seeing the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra backing up Peter Gabriel singing David Bowie's "Heroes" with the Brandenburg Gate in the background, but we'll try.

      We found an aparthotel near Checkpoint Charlie that had just opened and wasn't quite ready for visitors yet, but it worked well enough. It was near an Ubahn station, and that's crucial. We bought a week transportation pass and made good use of it. Even though we also bought a 3 day museum pass, this trip was about exploring neighborhoods and relaxing a bit. Berlin is such a chill place. It's got a great vibe. You see people drinking beer at all times of the day, and everywhere, including parks and subways. But nobody is ever loud or obnoxious or fighting. It's like having a coke here. I love it. I just feel like I'm getting away with something when we go to a kiosk and buy half liter cans of of good, inexpensive beer and walk around to enjoy neighborhoods. Certain ones like Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg are vibrant with restaurants, clubs, art scenes, and bars.

      We revisited a few museums on "museum insel" or museum island. There are 5 full of glorious booty from around the world. The Germans are really giving the Brits a run for their money here. Our favorite was probably the Ishtar Gate, a blue-tiled gate taken from Babylon and now housed at the Pergamon museum. Another classic was the bust of Nefertiti housed at the Neues museum. On our last day, we visited the free and powerful Topography of Terror museum, half of which is outside. It explains the rise of Naziism and is located on the grounds of the former SS headquarters. We've seen this information multiple times in multiple countries and it's chilling every time.

      Deanne has a friend from Madison who's also in Berlin at the same time. He is visiting his daughter who lives here. Andre recommended a show that is similar to Cirque de Soleil and we weren't disappointed. It's like a Vegas show. I was astounded at the dancing, music, and yes, acrobats who performed death-defying stunts. The technology was pretty amazing too. The floor rose up, tilted, rotated, and receded, only to be replaced by a shallow pool with fountains and then the pool sank and dancers that were tapdancing in a rainy pool started swimming as the shallow pond became a deep pool. Then it all disappeared for the trapeze artists. Somehow the producers of "Arise" managed to weave a simple plot into this spectacle. We didn't see any punk shows like last time, but had a drink in a metal bar in Kreuzberg, across from S036, the music club we visited last time.

      We met up with Andre for coffee in Alexanderplatz, a large, central plaza at the base of the huge radio and TV tower that is an icon of Berlin. He used to live here and left 17 years ago. This was his first time back and said it's changed so much since then. We've also noticed lots of development in the 8 years since we've been here. But it's still got that edge to it if you peek under the covers. We ate a variety of food and we tended towards ethnic. We even found a nice, cheap Indonesian place in an apartment block. And I realized that we're soon leaving Germany for good, so we went to Max und Moritz, a 120 year old classic German restaurant for my Sauerbraten fix.

      We had 5 nights here and that gave us the time we needed to revisit favorite haunts and explore new places. I could spend weeks here I love it so much. We actually took most of a rainy Monday off to just chill out at the room and relax. That's not something we do too often. We've got less than 2 weeks left and are starting to think of home. But the next stop is some small villages near St. Poelten, Austria to visit Deanne's AFS exchange family from high school. We'll spend one night there before heading to Italy. We'll take our first overnight train on Austria's OBB NightJet. They've made overnight train travel in Europe popular again. Low cost airlines almost destroyed this class of travel, but the green alternative of night train travel is appealing more and more to Europeans and Americans alike.

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    • Day5

      Stasi Museum (cont’d)

      December 21, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      The centrepiece of the exhibition is the office and working quarters of the former Minister of State Security – i.e. head of the Stasi – Erich Mielke. The museum is operated by the Antistalinistische Aktion Berlin-Normannenstraße (ASTAK), which was founded by civil rights activists in Berlin in 1990. It aims to foster the development of the museum as a "centre for the collection, preservation, documentation, rehabilitation and exhibition of evidence and research materials relating to East Germany".Read more

    • Day1

      Koffer packen

      March 29, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Heute habe ich meine letzte Prüfung geschrieben, daher kann ich hier auch endlich mal anfangen etwas zu schreiben und mich komplett auf das Kofferpacken konzentrieren, wobei es ziemlich schnell ging.

      Stine fliegt bereits übermorgen gen Westen und ich bin dann ab Dienstag weg.

      Hier werde ich euch ab Dienstag 5 Wochen lang über unseren Trip durch den Südwesten der USA berichten.

      Bis dann!
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    • Day9

      The best day №2

      August 22, 2017 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

      Еще один полный день на велосипеде. Чувства,которых я не испытывала уже очень давно-искренняя радость,свобода и наслаждение. Мы видели совершенно другой Берлин,открытый для людей,живой,зеленый,где люди знают,как хорошо проводить время,как наслаждаться моментом и как важно проводить выходные вне рутины. Я полюбила все части Берлина, я полюбила людей здесь. Мои друзья(а я уже могу назвать их друзьями) очень подходят этому городу,а город подходим им. Не знаю,почему люди часто морщатся,когда узнают,что главный пункт назначения Берлин. Может просто Берлин-это не Брандербургские ворота и телебашня,это что-то совсем другое,что люди часто не хотят видеть или им просто лень смотреть дальше ярких отметочек с главными достопримечательностями на карте.Read more

    • Day9

      Jewish day

      August 22, 2017 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

      Сегодня мы решили устроить еврейский день - посетить еврейский музей и потом поесть хумуса в еврейском ресторане. Поход в музей получился достаточно эмоциональным, в некоторых моментах очень сложно было сдерживать то,что внутри. Архитектура здания полностью отражает и передает все,что чувствовали евреи во время войны. Это самая ужасная фаза человеческой истории- наказание человека за причастность его к какой-либо расе. Какими бы не были времена,всегда нужно оставаться человеком внутри.Read more

    • Day8

      The best day №1

      August 21, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      После двух отличных "мужских" дней я наконец-то перебралась к Кристине, которая предложила мне у нее остановиться до конца моего пребывания в Берлине. Я поняла,как я соскучилась по русскому языку и по нашей чисто русской традиции разговаривать обо все за чашечкой чая(ну или пива!). У Кристины был уготовлен план по убийству моих ног за два дня) Мы объездили весь центр Берлина и восточную его часть на велосипеде,на котором я не каталась примерно лет с 10. Строгий и культурный Берлин мне понравился,но ничто не сравнится с этой атмосферой в районах подальше от центра,где ты чувствуешь жизнь и что значит быть живым. Закончился вечер естественно пивом в час ночи и бесконечными разговорами)Read more

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    Alt-Hohenschönhausen, Alt-Hohenschoenhausen, Berlin-Alt-Hohenschönhausen, الت-شوهینزن

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