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Across the centuries there have been benevolent dictators with pure hearts and good intentions, but they are few. In the main conquerors have been more of the tyrannical butcher variety. One man trying to best and banish another man in pursuit of ego-satiating power while laying waste to anyone in his path.
With that in mind, you see a lot of depravity and death at the hands of the vilest megalomanics.
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... to go next. Fortunately I had more good instructions from the hostel and made my way there without incident. I walked in with some trepidation as the hostel I'd booked was part of a chain of hostels and I was worried it would have a corporate money making vibe which has lost touch with what a backpacker wants or needs. My fears were completely unnecessary. The girls at the front desk greeted me warmly and the girl who checked me in was an Aussie who actually knew where Eatons Hill ...
... could only boggle at. Then we took a tram & a train to Zoo Garden, an upmarket area in West Berlin, to start our tour of Potsdam. Here nearly all the shops were of designer labels & luckily, most weren’t open as they start at 10am. Potsdam is about 30km SW of Berlin & is on an island accessed by bridges. Apparently it was on the border between West & East Berlin & on one bridge prisoner exchanges occurred in the cold ...
... were there, so,we hopped on a tram and train and navigated our way around to the area. It was alive and buzzing with people of course - Ice skating, food stalls, market stalls- it was unbelievable. We wandered around and decided to head home as we were going to Sylvio's hotel for dinner ( compliments on Sylvio Went home , relaxed a little waited for Kaya and Ben who had a busy day shopping and exploring and then left at 6.30 ish . Caught a tram ...
... and the list goes on! It was incredible visiting this museum.... What you thought you knew whether through school or reading is just put into a better perspective and you really get a better understanding of what these people went through. Lunch today was the best doner kebab I think I have ever had. We didn't know this but Berlin has one of the largest Turskish populations outside of Turkey. No wonder the food was awesome! Something a bit different to the usual ...