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Potsdamer Platz

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  • Day30

    9/11 in Berlin

    September 11 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    I've spent 9/11 many places since 2001. Walking through Berlin today has been especially moving and thought provoking.

    Hundreds, thousands of kids lost their parents that Tuesday morning. This really hits home for me-- I lost my own dad when I was 10 . It mustn't happen again. We deserve to feel safe, and I'm thankful for my friends focused on security-- especially those willing to risk their own lives to protect us.

    And yet...you can't walk through this city without constant "in your face" reminders of what can happen when the desire for security gets out of balance.

    Memorials to the millions of people-- Jews, Romani and others-- killed by the Nazis. Pictures of a bombed out city, and stories of thousands of civilians who died. The history of the Berlin Wall, and those killed trying to cross it.

    None of us ever wants another day like 9/11, and we do what we must to prevent that. But at the same time, let's never make the same mistakes our German cousins made-- letting our fears drive us until our own country is destroyed, and our own hands stained with blood.

    It turns out there is hope in this number too. One other interesting thing I realized today. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, on November 9. And in the European way of marking dates-- first the day, then the month-- that's 9/11 too.
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  • Day30

    Berlin highlights

    September 11 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    When I made the connection between 9/11 and Berlin's history, I was looking at the US embassy while standing in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

    This memorial was just one of many stops in the Rick Steves Audio Tour I followed this afternoon-- and thankfully, none of the others were this heavy.Read more

  • Day32

    Potsdamer Platz

    September 13 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    I didn't want to leave Berlin without a visit to Potsdamer Platz. Today it's just another huge city intersection-- but the history!

    By the 1920's and 30's Potsdamer Platz was the busiest traffic center in all of Europe. The first electric street lights in Germany had been installed here in 1882, and in 1924 came Germany's first traffic lights.

    Imagine a complex with the world's largest restaurant – the 2,500-seat Café Piccadilly – plus a 1,200-seat theatre, and eight themed restaurants with cuisine from around the world. All were served from a central kitchen containing the largest gas-fueled cooking plant in Europe

    How about a store with a granite and plate glass facade longer than a football field-- with 83 elevators and 1,000 telephones, a summer, winter, and roof garden, an enormous restaurant, its own laundry, theatre and concert booking office, a bank, and a large fleet of private delivery vehicles.

    You'd have found those, along with huge hotels, and dozens of nightclubs (hello Sally Bowles) right here.

    The square was mostly destroyed in WWII, and after it straddled Western and Soviet controlled Berlin. Eventually, in 1961, the Berlin Wall was built right through it-- and you can see a bit of what remains in the photo.

    If you're interested, there's a ton more info online. Just the little bit I read makes me wish I had a time machine, so I could see it at it's peak.
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  • Day2

    Berlin

    August 19 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Liebe Leute,
    nach all den ereignisreichen letzten Wochen sind wir nun in unserer ersten Station Berlin angekommen. Wir nutzen diese Gelegenheit um den ersten Footprint zu erstellen und den Start unserer geplanten Weltreise zu markieren und zu dokumentieren.

    Wir sind einerseits glücklich und aufgeregt, dass es nun endlich losgeht und nach der monatelangen Planung und Vorbereitung die ersten Eindrücke und Erfahrungen auf uns warten.
    Andererseits sind wir immer noch beeindruckt und berührt von der ganzen Anteilnahme zum Abschied, von den schönen Geschenken und den vielen lieben Worten.
    Bei allen hoffentlich schönen Erlebnissen, positiven Eindrücken und neuen Bekanntschaften unterwegs werden wir das nicht vergessen.

    Noch ein Wort zu diesem Reisetagebuch: wir werden dieses Buch soweit füllen, dass jeder uns gedanklich folgen kann, ein paar Fotos sieht und weiß wo wir bisher gewesen sind. Für die privateren Bilder, Gedanken und Geschichten werden wir extra Footprints erstellen, die ihr dann sehen könnt wenn ihr euch bei Findpenguins.com mit eurer Email-Adresse registriert und einem von uns folgt.

    Bis bald und alles Liebe,

    Sarah & Nils
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  • Day6

    Museums and Monuments

    March 11 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 4 °C

    Fascinating tour this morning with the lovely Karin Holl focusing on life in Berlin during the Second World War but with some interesting stops with other historical prominence. Visited the Checkpoint Charlie museum in the afternoon and finished the day with a bit of book shopping! Absolutely exhausted but a brilliant way to end my time in Berlin.Read more

  • Day12

    The night

    September 4 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Came out of the museum at dusk and we found an Indian restaurant for dinner.
    Hitler’s bunker was right around the corner so after dinner we walk there. It’s a car park now. So incredible that this was the hive of WW2 planning and destruction and now it’s a car park with a view of the Jewish monument. What a fuck you to Hitler.
    We walked back to the monument as it is so different in the dark. We started to walk through it but we all got a bit scared.
    Onto the train and off at the gate again.
    Beautiful in the night lights. I cannot believe that I a standing here and it bought a tear to my eye.
    We went to the gay part of town and above the train station is a rainbow! Awesome!
    Had a drink at a bar and then headed home. Big amazing incredible day!!
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  • Day54

    Berlin, Germany

    June 29, 2017 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Hollie and I jumped on a 8 hour FlixBus from Heidelberg to Berlin and arrived on the worst day possible in the past decade! There was torrential rain, the city was under water, the rivers and drains were flooding and the emergency department was struggling to deal with the enormous amounts of water. Just our luck, the public transport wasn't working so after 1.5 hours standing in the rain, we finally found a taxi that took us to our hostel. I'll be the first to admit I much prefer the luxury of hotel rooms over hostel dorms but I'll take whatever I can afford two months in!! Luckily the rain stopped overnight and we were able to enjoy a free walking tour around the city. It was a great way to see the main sites of Berlin and hear a little bit of history while getting some much needed exercise in. We visited the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Topography of Terror, Holocaust Memorial, Hitler's Bunker and the last remains of The Berlin Wall. We finished off the tour with a stop at Ritter Sport chocolate cafe and indulged in a decadent chocolate fondant, perfect for two chocolate lovers!!Read more

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