Currywurst and Checkpoint Charlie
Berlin Travel Blog› entry 15 of 16 › view all entries
January 14th, 2012 – by: puttyland
They both have public transport cards which allows them to bring along one guest each on weekends, so we went everywhere on the U-bahn for free. (Yay! Free! We love free!) We started by the market just outside their flat, then went to the immense Holocaust Memorial (to the Murdered Jews of Europe)- a series of concrete blocks in neat rows, but in gradiated sizes, and the ground changes level in undulating waves, so that in the middle of the memorial, the blocks are quite tall.
We had heard from travel shows and city guides that we needed to try currywurst in Berlin. Darja and Tobias kept saying what we really needed to try was a kebab. which was originated by Turkish immigrants in Berlin. They said a lot of the currywurst in the city is crap - not very flavorful wurst and absolutely smothered in a curry ketchup. But we had to try one, so they took us to Curry 36 for currywurst, curry balls (don't remember the name) and fries with mayo and paprika.
We walked around the Parliament building and waved at Angela Merkel (we didn't see her, just waved in her general direction), then checked out the Brandenburg Gate, where there was a demonstration going on...they were imploring the U.S. to intervene militarily in Iran (haven't they been watching how our other 2 military campaigns have gone?) and Checkpoint Charlie (we didn't have time to see the museum.
After dark, we walked around Alexanderplatz and took some pix of the huge TV tower, and got a jelly donut (the "Berliner" donut of the Pres. Kennedy mis-step "Ich bin ein Berliner") in the U-bahn station (apparently the best place to get them) - and it was really good.
We stopped off in a typical Berlin bar...the kind you see in movies, where it's all arty and funky and dark and smoky. We walked through the alley to the courtyard to get to it, and there was grafitti, posters and stickers everywhere, and then you come upon this huge metal sculpture of a monster, eerily lit. Every once in awhile it comes to life and moves around.
Morgan wanted traditional German food for dinner, and we wanted to take Darja and Tobias to dinner to thank them for letting us crash at their place, so Morgan found a charming place on TripAdvisor, and it turns out it was Bavarian food...stuff that Tobias' grandma used to make. The food was delicious - I had rabbit with a large dumpling and red cabbage. We had a lovely bottle of wine, and shared an appetizer (a smoked meat dish) and a dessert of tipsy prunes (I don't remember what liquor they were soaked in) with ice cream - delicious. Excellent end to the day.
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