My First Trip Abroad

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Do not forget the city plan.

In the summer of 1981, I found myself in Germany, or, to be more precise, in the German Democratic Republic. Who could have thought! I was privileged to travel to Berlin in August 1981, when I was a college student. I was selected for a language development course by my college. We, a group of Soviet students, arrived to Berlin by a direct train from Moscow and stayed overnight in Berlin at "Unter den Linden" hotel - the central one in the capital. I was honored to study at the Pedagogical Institute in Magdeburg for a month. Our group consisted of more than forty college students who studied German. They were from all over the Soviet Union.

This is how I saw downtown Berlin for the first time.

My postcard of Salzwedel
I was very impressed. It was the first "Western" capital I saw at that time! We were taken to the famous Alexander Square (Alexanderplatz) about which we had only read in our textbooks. When I was there, I merely stood in front of "Weltzeituhr" (the World Time Clock) pondering about the immense world we live in. Our visit to Treptower Park to the Soviet War Memorial was very impressive too.

It was a pleasure to see the clean streets, smiley people and splendid architecture. We, a group of students from the Soviet Union, were lucky enough to have a tour of "Alex" - the TV tower that is 365 m high and sit in the "Telecafe" there.

It was great to revisit Berlin again on my way home by train to Kiev in May 2002! I could see the Spree and the avenues and buildings, the famous Alex - the TV tower. We left for Kiev from Lichtenberg Station.

ulis says:
Was in East Berlin in the late seventies, by train Vienna > Copenhagen, had a transit visa only but stayed overnight, it was a strange expirience...
Posted on: Jul 05, 2017
HORSCHECK says:
Victor, congrats on your featured blog. Well done and well deserved.
Posted on: Jun 29, 2017
spocklogic says:
Nice retro travel blog - Great to share memories here!
Posted on: Mar 27, 2017
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Do not forget the city plan.
Do not forget the city plan.
My postcard of Salzwedel
My postcard of Salzwedel
My old photo of Wernigerode.
My old photo of Wernigerode.
At the mountain top after a hike. …
At the mountain top after a hike.…
Visiting Hamburg
Visiting Hamburg
Visiting Stuttgart
Visiting Stuttgart
Visiting Stuttgart
Visiting Stuttgart
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