Trip to Berlin… and a start to the new academic year.

So I’ve had a bit of an update with the look of my blog, it needed a nice change ready for a new year back at University. It’s also my last year, so it’s a little sad, but I’m going to try and make the most of it until I have to go out into the real world (scary!).

As some of you may read, I went to Venice (think it was about March time?), and once I had come back, me and my friends enjoyed it that much that we booked to go somewhere else almost immediately! It was a little bit naughty to be honest, but for how cheap it was, it would have been crazy not too!

To be honest, I never thought I would ever go to Germany, but it was a good experience, and I would go back again in a heartbeat.

It was another early morning flight, so of cause, Starbucks was becoming a little tradition at the airport. We had some issues with the transit to get to our terminal, and only just made our flight, but all was okay as everybody else got held up too.

When we landed it was a case of finding our way into the city itself, so we hopped on the train (or U-Bahn, as the Germans call it) which proved to be the easiest (and cheapest) way to get around.

This was Potsdamer Platz, which when looking at it, it looked relatively new, which it kind of was. This city was destroyed in the Second World War, and later became the biggest construction site in Europe.

After coming up here to a look out tower, we went to the Sony Centre for some lunch, and then it was a short walk to the hostel to check in.

(James and Helen trying to make the beds)
This was our room at ‘History Hostel’. It was really clean, and was perfect for just somewhere to crash as we were on the go all the time that we were there. Plus, at £8 a night, there are no complaints from us students! We’d had quite a long day so far, so decided to take the rest of the afternoon easy, and go to the Zoo. It’s said to be the largest Zoo in Europe, and I can definitely see why! We spent three hours there, and I don’t think we even got half way around it, which was a bit of a shame. Here is probably my favourite photo from the Zoo…

Day two, we were up and on the go early to visit the Bauhaus Museum. It was quite interesting, although it was more bauhaus design in furniture and buildings, than say posters. It was a shame that were was no special exhibitions going on while we were there.

Next on the list was the ‘Murdered Jews of Europe Memorial’, which was one of the things I was most looking forward to seeing. It was really amazing to see something of that magnitude, and it was nice that you could walk through it.

The exhibition underneath these blocks was also very moving, and really made you think about what it was like. In one of the rooms was a projection playing, which displayed the names and a short biography of Jews that were murdered or were missing. More can be read about it here, but it’s said that it would take 6 years, 7 months and 27 days to listen to all of the life stories of these victims. So technically, it would have only just recently started from the beginning again. It was probably my favourite part of the exhibition.

After that was the Reichstag, which was rather pretty. It’s a government building, so you get your bags and everything checked as if it was an airport.

Then it was up the TV tower….

…which bought the end of day two.

Day three, our final day and the day we were flying back, we went to a museum called ‘The History of Berlin’. It was a really well put together place, with a nuclear bomb shelter underneath it, which thankfully they never had to use.

Well that brings us to the end… and to be quite honest I didn’t do much else in the Summer. I mostly worked my part-time job, and spent as much time with the family before coming back. But I have to admit… it’s good to be back!

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