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... wings, sausages and lots of salad, while introducing Izzy to the infamous Eurotrip.
Balloons and Benji- Wednesday 16th July
Our last full day in Berlin…..
Isabell had been an amazing tour guide and interpreter….showing us all around her home city and really made us feel like home. But she had one last surprise for us! We drove into the city one again and stopped at a massive balloon. She had booked us tickets to ride ...
After our exhausting train trip yesterday, we slept in and had a late start to our exploration of Berlin. We caused our usual chaos and queue, buying our tickets from the vending machine at the Metro station. Not as many people speak English here, as they did in The Netherlands.
We eventually bought a two day pass, good for trams, trains and buses. We caught a number 200 bus to its terminal, out in ...
Our first stop in Germany was Dresden (just a day stop). It was freezing cold so we just did a bit of walking around and found some hot cinnamon donuts just like back home. Once we arrived in Berlin we did a driving tour and stopped at a large battleground called Treptower Park. The grounds were where a fight between the Germans and the Soviet Union happened. There is a massive statue of a soviet soldier holding a German child and it's surrounded by flowers etc. We ...
... to Checkpoint Charlie which now just a tourist site with some interpretive signs about the Berlin Wall. (Editor: in 1986 Jude, Maria and I walked through Checkpoint Charlie for our day visit to East Berlin. As a naive 23 year old it was one of the most bizarre experiences I'd had on that trip. Security like that is commonplace now but disconcerting back then. East Berlin was eerie, deserted and somewhat sad. We had to buy East German marks to get in ...
... you look in their house there are giraffes; giraffe light switch covers, giraffe salt and pepper shakers, giraffe posters, giraffe statues, giraffe stuffed animals, giraffe magnets. I think you get the point. I like giraffes, too, so it was a nice place to spend an afternoon, and really great to catch up with Simon as it was almost two year since I had last seen him in Namibia.
Then the time came to return to Australia. I have been traveling ...