Berlin has stolen my heart. A beautiful city filled with beautiful places. I was completely stunned from the minute we arrived and I knew instantly that I would be back some day. I am forever thankful to my friend victor’s mom and sister, amanda, for inviting us into their home and making us feel so welcome in Berlin. We were so lucky to have them there to show us around.
Thursday, amanda took us to the Berlin Wall at east side gallery to look at all of the artwork that covers the wall. In 1989 the wall fell, and in 1990 the artists started painting the wall. It was so beautiful and full of emotions. From a meditating Buddha to a group of men in gas masks, each section of the wall told its own story
Thankfully the euro is much closer to the American dollar.. So we could rest easy knowing we weren’t spending double our money like in the United Kingdom.
After the Berlin Wall, we headed to Checkpoint Charlie, the allied forces checkpoint in Berlin after Germany surrendered. This mainly American checkpoint served to look after this side of Berlin and look over the wall during the soviets control over east Berlin. We learned that the American soldiers were not allowed to help east Berlin people in their escapes, and once had to sit still while they watched a man halfway over the wall lay there bleeding out while the soviet soldiers in east Berlin took their time to help them. American soldiers still stand at checkpoint Charlie.. For tourism of course.
Popcorn and a drink at the movie theater we went to.. The ceiling of the theater was beautiful
Jewish museum… Faces of a thousand Jewish lives lost during the holocaust. A little dent in the amount who were lost
Thankfully Amanda was around to help us navigate the public transportation our first two days.. Enough so we could get the hang of it and attempt it ourselves. What an amazing system of public transportation they have. If it was that easy in America, no one would even own cars.
So on Friday we went to the Jewish museum in Berlin. Admission was only three euros and it was amazing there. We stayed in that museum for almost three hours. I have to say I skimmed through the parts about Judaism since I’ve taken classes about the major world religions, and if I hadn’t it would have been a 4 or 5 hour tour. It was insane to learn how early the anti-semantic movement began and how early it was taken seriously in Germany specifically.
Overall I loved Berlin! I can’t wait to go back to Germany to Munich with my mom!