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A surviving chunk of the infamous wall. And me, sometimes wishing my German ancestry would vanish from all record. My Grandfather J. Christian Bohenblust (Beanblossom) departed Germany in 1750 and came to America. So Perhaps that is romote enough so we are not too connected to the Nazis two hundred years later. Oh yes, he was Grandma Daisy's mother's grandfather.
... of Berlin. Standing there, I could not help to think about how amazing it is that today we are afforded the ability to freely walk through this building, and see this country reunited again. For so long it was hidden and cut off by oppressive ideologies. Yet even in of the darkest times, humanity is able to rise again, and overcome tragedy. It is a beautiful symbol of German resilience, and a beacon of hope for the future. It was absolutely incredible.
... nazi party and the original standing point of the S.S headquarters. It was mostly reading, so john found the cafe while I walked around. It was then a taxi ride back to the hotel for am afternoon off. That night we had a "nightclub tour" which is another way of saying pub crawl. The first 3 pubs were a bit of a flop but the last night club was pretty good. Seen some of sunrise on the way ...
... phenomenon of people swooping on any finished bottle. Apparently each bottle is worth €0.08. In reality it's not really enough to make everyone return their bottles - but it does mean that the bottles get cleared up by the professionals.
This bloke didn't waste time on the empties, he just asked for money. A lot of well-heeled foreigners here so if you ask in English you're ...
... tour at 11am, this one was to be a concentration camp called Sachenhausan. We had Rob as our guide again and he took us by train to Sachenhausan. On the way we had a short stop at a station so Rob gave us a brief history lesson. In this 'brief' history lesson I was once again shown how little I knew. Sachenhausan was the original concentration camp. And contrary to what I thought, concentration camps weren't actually originally made to be used as death camps. Rather Sachenhausan ...