Hotel Pension Kastanienhof
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... made from chocolate. Very cool. We spent our last night in the hostel with some Aussie guys playing card and driving a few beera,Krusovice. Next day we checked out and found the bus station after trekking around town and taking mystery train and trams to check out some different parts of Berlin. Got and overnight bus with a company called Polski which took 9 ours and we arrived at Warsaw at 6 in the morning. Berlin was interesting but very different to places like ...
... this now.
I managed to communicate to him that we had (talked) before in Melbourne. He was very happy to hear this, grabbed my forehead and rubbed noses. I guess that's what Kazakhs do.
He makes petrol money by posing with tourists so I got my photos and slung him some Euros to keep him going. You can see where he's been on www.yarets.com
We walked around to the Reichstag and Bundestag. They are impressive ...
... here and there, but not nearly as much as you’d expect. I took lots of pictures of the lions. Every one of them seemed to have a different
look in his eye.
I got back to the bus first, and I talked to Rene, the
guide, about how Germany acquired the treasures, asked if there was any
pressure for them to return them, etc.
We talked about Heinrich Schliemann for a little while. I told him I thought if a lot of ...
... of the demonstrations that happened on June 17th 1953 of workers protesting for a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work (unlike the communist decree of wanting 10% more of everything and nothing to compensate for the extra work). Ironically this building is now tax building – surely still making people happy!
From this building we finally see our first part of the Berlin Wall, still standing. In behind this part of the wall is still ...
(1) The East Side Gallery has to be my favorite place in Berlin. The remaining portion of the Berlin Wall has been covered with mural art. Art as a form of resistance is a powerful force, and the beautiful murals on one side are matched with well-formed graffiti on the other.
(2) The Reichstag is really cool. It is the world's ...