Arrived in Berlin

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
Trip End Nov 01, 2005

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Its the morning of the 11th and we arrived in germany a few days ago on the 9th. It's been pretty descent and interesting so far. We eventually did, however confusion is becoming a big part of arriving at every location now, but i guess i'm getting used to the idea. Our hostel (Jetpak) was south west of Central Berlin and located in an expensive area of the city. But itself was in the middle of some conservation jungle or something, so had a very difficult time to find it as there wasn't any sign's to help either. When we rocked up the ladies were very nice and helpful and showed us around the place. The hostel was very clean and had a good atmosphere. It also had so many facilities with free internet and movies everynight on a projector. The guy that lived there and also helped run it had a yarn to me and seemed like a top bloke, he also liked Millencolin - which is one of my favourite bands :o) In our dorm there were 3 english blokes and 1 french bloke. The 3 english guys seemed pretty funny and had a good chat for a while that night while i couldnt really say much to the French guy as his accent was so strong and no one could understand him unfortunatly. That night we didnt do much but walk around the local area and chill out in the hostel later that night.

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. Church had pretty descent and intriguing architecture. So monumental all these older buildings are. From this we went to the Pergamon Museum which had some pretty huge architecture remains in there and provided a good walk, but we stayed for too long and got forced out due to closing time :o)

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!
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