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My first task was to scout the surrounding side streets for pubs and German food. There are restaurants absolutely everywhere but mostly Italian. Not that that's necessarily bad but this is Germany. Not that I'm sure there are enough different German dishes that would keep me going more than a few days. This is what a really ordinary street looks like. Though it's a bit more usual to have a few tables and ...
... personal interpretation of each visitor which we can only
think must include profound sadness for the loss of so many. A quick
walk through the national art museum took us to Brandenburg
Gate...standing in the steps of history was less somber here as it
was interrupted by peddlers costumed as giant bears and Super Mario.
Still amazing to think that we stood in the same spot as many of our
own Presidents (and under the window through which Michael ...
... cathedral in the city.
- The former Congress Hall, now the House of World Cultures; it is nicknamed "the pregnant oyster" Berliners because of its unique roof shape. I instantly thought of Calgary's Saddledome (which by the way, has never reminded ME of a pregnant oyster!)
- The Reichstag Dome ... rebuilt in glass to symbolize the re-unification, now provides visitors with a degree view of the city, as well as a view down ...
... classes are auf Deutsch and Deutsch becomes a common language when speaking with other students outside of class. I was the only native English speaker although most of my class mates could converse very well in English too. The course is well rounded and all the material is very current and set in the context of Berlin. I struggled with the grammar and basic language terminology to begin with but it comes. I found that my vocabulary was pretty good and I ...
... besides it being named after a city in a ‘rival’ country, was the statue perched up on top of the Brandenburg Gate. The impressive statue of a chariot lead by 4 horses & driven by Victoria, goddess of victory.
The statue was actually stolen in early 1800‘s by Napoleon & taken to Paris. Napoleon on invading Berlin was also impressed by this work of art that it had to be his. He stole the massive statue & hid it in a private ...