Trip Start Dec 16, 2012
Trip End Mar 18, 2013

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Germany in less than 48 hours

               Hello friends and family in America! Robyn here. So to start off talking about our travels through Berlin, let me begin by saying we were there for less than 48 hours. You wouldn't believe we'd be able to see that much in that short amount of time, neither did we. But WOW did we see and do a lot!

                After arriving in Berlin from the train to a MASSIVE train station, and after a difficult time finding the metro, we arrived at our hostel near the famous Check Point Charlie (the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.)

                It was definately dark by the time we left our hostel to search the city. That's not saying much since it gets dark around 4pm.  Jessie and Matt did a great job mapping out and finding the things we wanted to see while we were there. Our first stop was to one of Germany's famous Chirstmas Markets!! I wish we had these in America. People by the hundreds flock to these outdoor markets to enjoy Christmas drinks, traditional foods, trinkets, and enjoy the holiday season with friends and family. We immediately went straight for the mulled wine! It was so delicious and warm in the very brisk Berlin weather.

                We next got our German food fix for the day by eating their famous Bratwurst. It was so good that we all went back for a second one! We enjoyed the market; shopped around, listened to 'american christmas music', which we were sort of mad about, we wanted to here it in another language!

We strolled around the city and stumbled upon the famous Brandinburg Gate. We took a walk over to the Parliment building and saw the Chancellor's House.  On our way back to our hostel we found a great German bar called Maximillian's where I got my favorite German drink Berliner Weisse! It's so yummy! It's a shot of fruity syrup, raspberry, and a beer. Some nice gay German men we chatted with tried to make fun of us for drinking fruity drinks. I made fun of them back for drinking fruity wine :-)

                The full day we spent in Berlin was chuck full of activities! We woke up very early and took the metro (which we mastered!) out to the town of Oranienburg. Here we visited the concentration camp Sachsenhausen. This was a great and sad experience. We took a walking audio tour and learned everything about the camp. It was quite moving, especially on a bitter cold day in winter. You could really get a feel for how terrible this place was.

                When we arrived back in the city, it was time to eat some traditional German food! We went to a restaurant one of the very nice German men we met from the night before recommended. I ate Currywurst, Jess ate boiled Pig Knuckle, and Matt ate pig knuckle Aspice, which had a delicious taste but a terrible texture.  It was basically jell-o with meat chunks in it.  We learned that this is a very old fashioned German tradition.

                We spent the rest of the day seeing the Berliner Dom, visiting the Deutch National Museum, and visiting 2 more Chirstmas markets! Europe sure does love Christmas.

                We're starting to feel lame because we went back to our hostel by 10pm. We know it's because we're up and out of the hostel every morning by 8am and walking non stop for 12 hours, but somehow we can't help but think we should be going going going all night long as well. There will be a time and place for us to stay up late again :-) For now, I'm glad to fill our days with sites and get a full nights sleep as well.

Hope you enjoyed this post! See you in Prague!
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Peggy on

so glad you are all keeping us updated...the Christmas lights are beautiful and you all look like you are having a great time

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