Berlin, the road show to berlin, can't get out the way we got in
Berlin Travel Blog› entry 12 of 90 › view all entries
May 13th, 2006 – by: chivato
The day was lovely so we (Tara and I and Phil) went to grab a boat tour of the river the splits the city and it wasn't long after we had taken sail that the weather took a sharp turn for the worst. So, instead of getting some fairly fantastic shots of the city, we spent a fair amount of it, in the lower deck trying not to be as smushed into the boat as we were on the upper deck. Note to anyone going to berlin: skip the boats, they're a total waste of money. Not only do you not actually circle museum island but well, you end up getting crushed into the upper deck with 1000 of your closest friends who won't shut up during the descriptions of the things you're passing.
So, after that and going back to the hostel for the cheaper internet (it had an internet happy hour), Tara (who's name is Terri.. but I just found that out recently after calling her this for the past week) wandered down the same route that the walking tour had gone. Okay, here's the bizarre thing, because Germany is holding the world cup this year, they've doing this ad campaign to talk up German accomplishments. So, throughout berlin there are these temporary monuments to things the germans are known for, like inventing the aspirin, inventing the car (which is debatable) and well, they have a number of well known poets, philosophers, etc.. and for this moment to their literary accomplishments they have this giant stack of books.
Once again, through the holocaust memorial, this time at my own pace. Checkpoint charlie and it's subtle monument to the time when the soviets and russians (I believe 1961) lined tanks up at each side of the checkpoint and almost started world war three. The socialism memorial done in 1952 .
Later some cheap street food and good views from the TV tower that is basically a gigantic eyesore, but far better than it normally is since it's been done up as a giant soccer ball for the world cup. I enjoyed my time in Berlin, shame I didn't have enough time to get to Postdam but .. that's sort of going to be the lament for much of the trip. In any light, I got to see a lot.. and well, that's all you can ask for.
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