Seeing All of Berlin...
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Today started off with class and then a trip to the Hamburger Bahnof Museum. It was completely a contemporary art museum- but one of those crazy put trash on a pedastal and call it art museums. No thanks.
We had time to go to the train station for lunch and so I explored that for a while. It was absolutely beautiful- brand new building made almost completely from glass with multiple levels and stores and shops everywhere. Very nice. So I ate my lunch and read Time Magazine and it was nice.
After this, I met back up with the entire group for our next activity- a bus tour around the city. It was really cool to see all the big sites- Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Olympic Stadium from 1936, the main boulevard, Checkpoint Charlie, and the preserved parts of the Berlin Wall.
After the tour was done, I went with John back to Checkpoint Charlie to see it more in depth in person and to see the exhibits they had up around the site. The exhibits were wonderful and they explained the entire history of Easy and West Berlin (and Germany) and the whole situation surrounding the Berlin wall. I finally understood it all and it was really interesting to learn about.
We then went to the Reichstag- the German Parliament which was renovated about 5 years be used now by the Parliament but also to have a beautiful glass dome on top that you can climb up in for free. I say "climb" but compared to the other ones I've done (the Eiffel Tower, the Duoma in Florence, etc) it was really easy as there was an elevator and just a few ramps- no stairs. The view was cool to see (Berlin is bigger than you would think!) but it was good that the line was short and it was free, because it probably wouldn't have been worth it otherwise.
By then, I was exhausted from a long day and it was getting pretty late, so I walked over to the train station and caught the S-Bahn back to our hotel just outside the city. Once back in our area I grabbed some Chinese food for dinner (excellent and cheap!) and have crashed back here for the night. I bought internet (NOTHING is free in Europe) so I'm catching up on various things, such as updating my blog!