Arrived in Berlin
Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
74Trip End Nov 01, 2005
The following morning on the 10th we were up ready for exploring. First up we went to the Brandenburg Gates which was pretty significant and very huge in size. It also had lots of information on plaque's around so we could learn a fair bit about events that occured right here decades ago. I can only imagine the feeling it would of been when the Berlin wall was removed to reunite the east/west and everyone that had gathered at this point. It was very interesting being here. From this we went for a short walk to see the Topography of Terror (a significant section and post of the berlin wall that still stands in original state with a shroud of information). It looked so old and depressing. However unless you can speak german you wont be reading the information there. Just down the road from this place was the infamous Checkpoint Charlie. Just a normal street now, but it still has the checkpoint station where the allies crossed over to east Germany. Here i learnt of all the standoff's and action between the two sides and how important this position actually was. There's a guy dressed up in a millitary suit with a flag, and if you pay a few euro you can have a picture taken with him.
Went to lunch shortly after and had the biggest Yuros i've ever seen for ONLY 2.50 EURO!!! Absolute bargain! It was so big and cheap that it deserved a picture :oP I left the shop very full as if i was pregnant (thankfully alot shorter term though :oP) and went to some church which the name has slipped my mind, however it was half burnt down and restored from WW2. It's amazing to learn how much of Germany had to be rebuilt after the war
Ok, feet are aching and i've had quite enough history lessons today! Time we both go to a pub! We spent the night at one that was recommended in the Europe on a shoestring book. Good decision because the beers were a descent price and had a top service. They refused to let me get up and made sure they served everything to my table. Such nice people... I'm not really used to this as back home you just goto the bar for anything. Ended up having quite a few beers that night. Danielle supprised me alot actually as for the first time ever i saw her get stuck into the beers which was a very shining moment i must admit. She might be turning into a true Aussie after all? :oP After quite a while of sitting and chatting some random guy in his late 40's(?) came wondering over and started talking to us as he had heard our Aussie accents. We had a bit of a yarn and discovered he was a musician just travelling from place to place. I first doubted his story because he seemed a bit crazy as apparently in South Australia (where i'm from) theyre are these massive underground palace's for rich people to hide in when the next war hits, and i'll be fighting robots soon enough. He was fair dinkum on the issue also -but it was quite funny and we had a few laugh's. After he left i saw him pick up his guitar and his rat sack and head off... Heh! he was a wondering musician... Maybe i will be fighting robots after all hey? :o) It was a good night and was time to head back to our jungle view resort at 2am. However, all was not as easy as planned, entering a 6 digit code to get in the door proved to be quite difficult and noisy once there!