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  • Day38

    640 flight from Manchester to Berlin, what could go wrong.
    Early night as we planned to be up at 3:50.
    Well for some reason it was 1:10 and then:I’ll get up soon, are you still awake as well, is it almost time to get up, is it light outside.
    Eventually 3:50 came and we went.
    Manchester Terminal 1 the home of the low cost airline was it’s usual absolutely packed self with security to match.

    Friday is national UK “lets fly to any localtion that’s not here day” and every type of citizen gets to dress inappropriately and move in swarms.
    One of the best was the collection of grannies with matching purple tee shirts and individualised texts on the front.
    The lady with “Cheeky Tits” was someones probably someones grandmother !!!!! Fortunately none of the Hens Parties were on our plane. Pity the Spanish.

    Eventually made Berlin but the day was gettinga little long.

    Mark was obviously trying to apologies for the second half of the trip as the accommodation is the size of our grannyflat and in a Newtown/Paddington cross type of area. That means quite hip but upmarket. That means bits of grot but you still pay the premium.

    Wlak around for a a couple of hours in jet lagged like fog, eat Vietnamese form across the road for a 3pm lunch, see a Church, some more walking, more fog, shop for a dinner at home and very early night.

    It is believed that Bernadette managed to sleep standing up at one stage.

    We are definitely not bouncing back these days.

    Berlin very nice, loe rise, very flat ( a good thing ) and hopefully will be clearer on Saturday.
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  • Day41

    Retracing some Steps.

    September 10 in Germany

    Back to the Brandenburg Gate because we forgot to see the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
    You should google it as any photos that we might take are insufficient to convey the size and feel.
    It consists of x concrete stelae of different heights arranged in rows and rows and rows.
    The museum was closed. Monday is museum rest day all over Berlin.

    Designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000-square-metre (200,000 sq ft) [2][3] site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae are 2.38 metres (7 ft 10 in) long, 0.95 metres (3 ft 1 in) wide and vary in height from 0.2 to 4.7 metres (7.9 in to 15 ft 5.0 in).[2] They are organized in rows, 54 of them going north–south, and 87 heading east–west at right angles but set slightly askew.[4][5] An attached underground "Place of Information" (German: Ort der Information) holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from the Israeli museum Yad Vashem.[6] WikipediaRead more

  • Day2

    Boxenstop

    June 17, 2017 in Germany

    Vom Reichstag ging es dann wieder Richtung Hotel, die Füße begannen allmählich an zu qualmen. Auf den Weg dorthin haben wir am Potsdamer Platz einen kleinen Boxenstop eingelegt und haben ein Radler, Baguette und Salat zu uns genommen.

    Im Hotel angekommen, wurden erstmal die armen Füße versorgt😀.

  • Day16

    Well it has certainly been a jam packed first full day in Berlin, it feels like we have run a marathon! Folke has been an excellent guide and has given us a lovely overview of Berlin and from my earlier instalments you can see how much we saw and did and we walked a lot!

    After the Olympic Stadium we caught the train back to the city and walked around Museumsinsel (museum island) to get an overview on the options available for the coming days. It was a lovely evening to be exploring the area with many people out and about having dinner outside, which is normally what I would prefer but because in Germany you can smoke outside in restaurants it makes it an unpleasant experience. We are so fortunate in Australia to have smoke free restaurants and cafés. It was also the World Cup and the game was between France and Belgium and so there were many people in bars crowded around TV’s watching the match.

    We had dinner at a lovely German restaurant called 1840 where Ian had German Meatballs, Angus and Folke had Roast Chicken and I had Pork Schnitzel - everything was delicious. We then had a bit of a stroll through Hackescher Markt through some of the lovely streets before catching the train and tram home for a rest as tomorrow Folke has another big day planned with a fairly early start.
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  • Day3

    Berlin

    August 9 in Germany

    Me and Jojo went to Berlin a couple of days, and that's when I fell in love with Germany. I have no words to explain what the city was to me, but i was AMAZING.
    We saw the Dome, the Museum Island, the Fernsehturm, the government palace, but of everything, the thing I loved the most was walking down the street of the city... it's so green and clean and full of people of every kind. Love it!

  • Day14

    To the bar and back.

    June 6, 2017 in Germany

    This morning we got up and went out to see the city.

    First stop was parliament... that is only after we figured out how to use the public transit system. It is soooo complicated!! There are the S and the U line which are ran by different companies, then there's the train and all the buses. Oh god. It's a nightmare looking at the map.

    Parliament was such a beautiful building and as you can imagine, tons of police around.

    Next stop was the Brandenburg gate. It is the only remaining gate through which people used to enter Berlin. It was built between 1788 and 1791. It was used as entrance into East Berlin in the Cold War. When the Nazis came to power, they used the Gate as their symbol. The Gate was damaged but not destroyed during World War II. The governments of East Berlin and West Berlin restored it but it was closed when the Berlin Wall was built in 1961. The gate was in the middle of the death strip. Unfortunately we couldn't get super up close to see it because there was an international gymnastics competition going on (they were everywhere).

    Next stop: Victory Tower Column. It was built in 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War, by the time it was inaugurated on 2 September 1873, Prussia had also defeated Austria and its German allies in the Austro-Prussian War and France in the Franco-Prussian War, giving the statue a new purpose. Different from the original plans, these later victories in the so-called unification wars inspired the addition of the bronze sculpture of Victoria, 8.3 metres (27 ft) high and weighing 35 tonnes.

    Next stop: Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie was Berlin's best known crossing point between West and East Berlin near by the inner Berlin sector boundary between 1961 and 1989. When we got there, I was a little insulted. They had 2 fake US army soldiers standing outside... not only were they smoking but they were standing there and posing with people for pictures for money. What happened in the Cold War was absolutely horrible. I found seeing that completely disgraceful. We took pictures from behind without them in it.

    Next stop: Alexanderplatz. It is a large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin, near the Fernsehturm. The Fernsehturm was intended as both a symbol of communist power and of Berlin. It remains the latter today, as it is easily visible throughout the central and some suburban districts of Berlin. (The pointy tower that looks incredibly similar to the CN tower)

    Next stop: Berlin Cathedral. We didn't go in but the outside was spectacular. (Picture of me in front of the water fountain with the cathedral in the back)

    Next stop: Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the "death strip"). During this period, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the Wall, with an estimated death toll ranging from 136 to more than 200 in and around Berlin. In the metro systems, they sealed off tunnels so that east Berliners couldn't get across to the west. Contrary to popular belief the Wall's actual demolition did not begin until the summer of 1990 and was not completed until 1992. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990. (It was super emotional to be there and actually touch the wall or what's left of it). They have photos of those who lost their lives trying to escape at the official site of the Berlin Wall. All throughout the city they have markings on the ground where the wall used to run. The part of the Berlin Wall that we were at was a cemetery. Victims of world war 2 were buried there. They were drug up when they built the Berlin Wall. There are crosses on site commemorate those victims. All in all, it makes me realize how great of a life I have and how fortune I am. It makes all my problems seem inexistant. (This is why i love to travel. Eye openers like this)

    So after all this and walking about 16km we headed back to the hostel (also cause it was raining). We sat in the room for a little until we decided to go downstairs and have a beer..... or a couple. We played some drinking games then decided to take on pool. Turns out, I'm really horrible. I hit one of the balls right off the table and across the whole bar. Hehe oops.

    Life lesson still not achieved: DONT DRINK AND PACK
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  • Day13

    I see you

    June 5, 2017 in Germany

    This morning we got up and backed our bags for Germany!!

    Our flight wasn't until the evening so we checked our bags at the train station (close to city centre) and walked around some more before heading out.

    It was raining all day in Bergen so we walked quickly in and out of shops trying to keep out of the rain.

    We went through the fish market again and to see if we could try some brown cheese. It is sweet, fatty brown cheese made from goats milk. We found a place that would give us a piece to try. I took the worlds smallest bit & I couldn't keep a straight face. It was by far that nastiest cheese I've ever tasted. I actually felt my stomach tightening as if I was getting ready to puke... the worst part is that the taste lingers in your mouth.

    We grabbed our bags and took the tram to the airport (yes Kaylee fell asleep again)

    I managed to find my mini bottle of Norways famous Akvavit in the duty free shop. We charged our phones before boarding our flight. Getting on, there were 2 middld aged men who were WASTED. I bet that they would be sitting right next to us& guess what... yup the row across. As soon as we took off, they fell asleep and didn't wake up again until we landed.

    We got off the plane and connected to wifi to try and get directions to our hostel. We found a bus that would bring us almost to the front door... I asked a worker where we could find the bus & then he began to tell us we we're looking at the wrong airport on our map.... stupid us. We were at a different airport that was across the city from us. We ended up taking the train to Berlin city centre (FOR 3.40€!!!!! So cheap omg!!! Train tickets for everyone)

    When we were on the train, half way, we stopped in the middle of the track & someone whispered "I see you" in a super creepy voice. I got so scared my eyes started tearing up. 😂😂😂

    Fast forward to our hostel which is right downtown, we checked in. We have our own room with a shower & a shared bathroom. We quickly dropped off our stuff, got changed & went to get some food (THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD)

    We had a döner kabob and a 0.5L beer for 5€ YASSSSSssssss.

    Back to the hostel to do some laundry in the sink & get to bed 😴
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  • Day267

    Day 268: Museum Island

    November 9, 2017 in Germany

    First World Heritage site of our German trip, though this one is actually a revisit for both of us. After walking around a few breakfast places near our apartment and realising most wouldn't allow dogs, we just grabbed some takeaway croissants and headed into the centre of old Berlin. Today's WHS is Museuminsel or Museum Island, and it's an island in the centre of the Spree River where there's five separate museums from the 19th century. All very impressive buildings, but it's also here where the modern concept of a "museum" actually comes from.

    Wandered around and did our filming, though it was bitterly cold and overcast, but thankfully no rain. Didn't go into any of the museums since we had Schnitzel in tow, but still an enjoyable place to wander around. Lots of work happening, as due to the war and then the Wall, many of the museums didn't start getting rebuilt until the 1990s, a process that's basically still ongoing!

    It's actually remarkable, that a country which was really only founded in 1870 became the dominant power in Europe within 40 years; fought a two-front war against all the other Great Powers of the time and didn't lose. Then despite harsh sanctions and impositions, recovered within 20 years to once again be the continent's dominant power. And despite losing the next war (thanks to a couple of very dumb decisions), and the entire country being partitioned for 40 years, they're once again the dominant power of the continent. Remarkable.

    Finished up our filming then just decided we'd wander around the area since we were in old historic Berlin. Although both of us had been to Berlin before (Shandos in 2003 and me in 2005), it was nice to walk around and see what's changed. The Brandenburg Gate looked much the same, though there was a shiny new shopping mall nearby on the site of a nightclub that both Shandos and I had gone to! (Tresor)

    Had a quick look at the Topography of Terror (SS Museum) and the remainder of the Wall, before checking out the Holocaust Memorial since that was newly opened since Shandos was last here. Quick look at the front of the Reichstag building (parliament) and part of nearby Tiergarten park, grabbed a coffee, then headed back to Prenzlauer Berg after a long day. Quiet dinner at a small restaurant near our apartment, nothing spectacular.
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  • Day13

    Berlin Day Two

    July 14, 2017 in Germany

    Berliner Mauer und geteilte Stadt / The Berlin Wall and the divided city.
    The theme for our second day was the Berlin Wall. We started the day at the Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer), then went to the GDR Museum (DDR Museum). Afterwards we walked along the East Side Gallery which is the longest surviving stretch of the Berlin Wall. Then, we visited Checkpoint Charlie.
    We also went to the Bundeskanzleramt aka Merkel’s Party House.
    Berlin's history is so interesting!
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