“Ich bin ein Berliner”
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well, it has been a while since I posted here and I promised you I will organize myself and my thoughts about my blog during my fall break. So here I am writing about my journey to Berlin.I always love to go there; as the years went by I more and more understand that having friends and family in this amazing city is one of the best things that could ever happen to me. My stays in Berlin mostly just cover one weekend, but my latest one lasts five days. First, I was accepted as a participant in a transatlantic alumni dialogue the most exciting part for me was a question and answer session in the American embassy. Second, I had a chance to meet my exchange student friends – I don´t even know if it´s still right to call them like this – well one of my friends actually never was in Berlin at all so we´ve decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to show him the city. Third, there is always something you can explore in Berlin and so whenever I get the opportunity to go there I will!
After arriving in the capital city we dressed up and went to a formal event at the American embassy. Having conversations about international circumstances can be really interesting and it is always good to have someone telling you an opposite opinion. While talking most people get to the point where they realize; We all want the same! Following those conversations, we had a wonderful Mexican dinner.
The day was full of learning about opportunities for alumni. We also spent the day exchanging experiences and talking about the future. After the event, we headed to some tourist places in Berlin. Last but not least we spent the evening cooking and talking at my friend’s house. To end the evening we went to the Brandenburger Tor where we took some pictures and then we walked around the governmental neighborhood.
Did I ever tell you how much I love markets? – So, well now you know… Before we went to our event Tobi and I walked passed a street market at the river. I just enjoy the atmosphere and all those open and kind people. Honestly, whenever you have the chance to go to a market you should go. I prefer going to markets in big cities like Berlin it´s because there is a unique atmosphere. Experiencing markets in Leipzig I can say that I enjoy markets in Berlin more than here. Planning your next trip to Berlin you should definitely put a market on the to-do list. My favorites are the one at the Winterfeldtplatz it´s every Wednesday and Saturday and the Neuköllner Wochenmarkt at the Maybachufer Tuesdays and Fridays. After we ended our little shopping trip we went to the event to get our certifications. There was an optional tour through the Kennedy museum I decided to do, while my friends headed to the main station and some already had to go back home. Afterward, I met my friends at Curry 36 ratings say it´s the best place for Currywurst but well I think there are better ones. Finishing our lunch we went on a bus tour to see some of the famous sights in Berlin. At the end of the day, we had dinner at Peter Pane. They have good burgers´ but I am sure there are better places especially when you compare price and quality. You may want to try Hans im Glück – I personally liked it more. Also for all those of you who want to save money go to these places for lunch. The menu stays the same but it´s cheaper earlier in the day.
Yes, I was able to sleep a little bit longer than the days before. Our first trip for this day was to the East Side Gallery. When we got there the weather was okay it was really cold and windy but it didn´t stop us from walking along the wall which split Berlin into East and West. As we came to an end we walked over the Spree river to Kreuzberg where we looked in some small stores and then had a Döner for lunch. When you visit Germany, in general, you should eat a Döner it´s typical for Germany. Outside it got really rainy so we decided to go to the Experience Europe exhibition in the European house. It was an interesting exhibition with lots of fun taking part in samples. Because the weather wasn´t getting better we went to my friend’s house and enjoyed a movie night while having Tarte Flambee for dinner.
My last day in Berlin… In the morning we went to the Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe. I was surprised to see so many people there. In my memories, this has always been a quiet place. Just a reminder for all those who need to take pictures of themselves in it – you’re making fun of something tragic, that never should have happened. I know it has great architecture and it’s remarkable, but it’s shaming what some people do in there! For the future just take a minute and think about what our country did and make your decisions based on what you think is the best! We used the tube to get to the Potsdamer Platz from there we walked passed the Martin-Gropius building – when you visit Berlin you have to see some of the exhibitions there, it´s mostly great artwork. We also passed the old Prussian parliament building which is now the Berlin City Parliament. Next, we saw the Topography of Terror and the Trabant ´Trabbi´ museum. Finally, we went to the Checkpoint Charly which marks the border between West and East Berlin. There are really interesting museums around the checkpoint and if you are interested in history you should definitely visit some. After finishing our little tour we went to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant and got a rice noodle menu. Next, we had to get our bags and travel back home… We used the underground train to get to the Potsdamer Platz from there we walked passed the Martin-Gropius building – when you visit Berlin you have to see some of the exhibitions there, it´s mostly great art work. We also passed the old Prussian parliament building which is now the Berlin City Parliament. Next, we saw the Topography of Terror and the Trabant ´Trabi´ museum. Finally, we went to the Checkpoint Charly which marks the border between West and East Berlin. There are really interesting museums around the checkpoint and if you are interested in history you should definitely visit some. After finishing our little tour we went to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant and got a rice noodle menu. Next, we had to get our bags and travel back home…
Well, that was my five days in Berlin and I can tell you that this was not the last time for me in Berlin. I will share further experiences with you!
Hope you had a great weekend!
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