Berlin

It’s been such a long time since my last travel post where I talked about my adventures in Prague, a city abundant in stunning architecture, delicious delicacies, and a strong political history. It’s actually been so long since I went to Europe that I’m pretty much relying on the photos to jog my memory… so here is a vague description of what happened when Katie and I visited Berlin.

Before we arrived in Berlin, we made a stop-off in Dresden. It’s hard to believe that the whole city was almost wiped out by Allied bombings in 1945, because it is such a picturesque place.

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When we stepped off the bus, the ground was thick with snow and the dark-coloured buildings were silhouetted in the afternoon light.

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I loved the way the trees looked so stark out in the cold. They were al lined up and looked so uniform from a distance, but the closer you got the more you could appreciate the individuality of each branch.

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We had a lot of fun playing around in the snow and admiring the buildings.

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Then, after some hotdogs for lunch, it was back on the bus. On our way into the city of Berlin, we stopped in at Treptower park, which serves as a Soviet War Memorial to honour the 80,000 soldiers of the Red Army who died during the battle for Berlin.

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After that we went out on a big night on the town, and I ended up staying up till about 6am Skyping Josh… By this point in the tour I was missing him way too much!

A few hours later… well, about two hours later, actually, I dragged myself out of bed again to go on a historical walking tour of Berlin. The guy who lead us was so passionate about the city’s history and it was amazing having the chance to listen to his wealth of knowledge.

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Berlin was an amazing city and I wish I’d been less tired while I was there. In saying that, we managed to fit in quite a lot in our day, with the 3-hour walking tour, a trip to a museum, a stop-off at Checkpoint Charlie, some currywurst for lunch and a visit to a candy shop where they had sculpted building-replicas out of chocolate.

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Have you ever been to Berlin? What was your favourite part?

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4 thoughts

  1. Hi Elana,

    Just read your post about Berlin. Thank you. In it you say that the destruction of Dresden was in 1949. Sorry to be pedantic but it was in February 1945.

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