Berlin!

Berlin was amazing. I loved the city, the people, the food, the language, pretty much everything. It was nice to be in a country where I could communicate again and for once be the person translating instead of having things translated for me. There was a lot of history and not enough time to see everything I wanted to. We did a free walking tour, checked out monuments and museums, went to the clubs, and met some amazing people. Let me just take a minute to plug Wombats City Hostel in Berlin. They were incredibly helpful and accommodating and the hostel itself was clean and in a great location. We made friends with people from all over the world and I even managed to make a Thanksgiving dinner sans oven in the Hostel kitchen. Overall, it was a wonderful trip and a nice break from the chaos of Istanbul. (The people in Berlin would not cross if there wasn’t a cross walk and wouldn’t walk across a street if the sign was red–even if there were no cars coming!)

I haven’t had much time to post about Berlin in the two weeks that I’ve been back and haven’t even loaded pictures from my camera yet. But I do have a few pictures from my phone to post. Hopefully things at school will calm down soon and I’ll be able to regularly post again.

The Brandburg Tor at night. My camera phone does not do it justice.

The Brandburg Tor at night. My camera phone does not do it justice.

Remnants of the wall (Die Mauer) in front of an old Nazi building that is now used as a finance building on the East side.

Remnants of the wall (Die Mauer) in front of an old Nazi building that is now used as a finance building on the East side.

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A brick line stands where most of the wall used to stand, dividing East from West. My friend is currently on the West, while I stay to the East.

I can't remember the official name of this memorial, but it was basically a memorial in the middle of Berlin that was supposed to be for those who lost their lives to the Holocaust. It's dimensions were interesting; it looks like all one height, but as you walk through it, it devours you in a maze of different towers.

I can’t remember the official name of this memorial, but it was basically a memorial in the middle of Berlin that was supposed to be for those who lost their lives to the Holocaust. It’s dimensions were interesting; it looks like all one height, but as you walk through it, it devours you in a maze of different towers.

Standing in the monument.

Standing in the monument.

A statue for good old Goethe.

A statue for good old Goethe.

This guy was hanging out on the building next to us. We got to wake up to him every morning.

This guy was hanging out on the building next to us. We got to wake up to him every morning.

This was outside a Jewish graveyard. I didn't manage to get the whole message in there, but it reads, "We love the Jews & all other people. But we love Mother Nature most."

This was outside a Jewish graveyard. I didn’t manage to get the whole message in there, but it reads, “We love the Jews & all other people. But we love Mother Nature most.”

A girl can dream

A girl can dream

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