Capital Construction

Trip Start Jul 24, 1999
Trip End Oct 02, 1999

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Thursday, July 29, 1999

We packed up and had driven through Dresden, before arriving and parking on the outskirts of Berlin by midday.

Our first stop in the capital was the Ferneshturm Tower (Over 350ft tall), which showed us a very flat landscape and hugely underdeveloped city at the moment. This however is set to change as Berlin has just became the capital and there are hundreds of cranes topping up the skyline giving Berlin a huge construction site feel.
The highlight of the day was a walk around the remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, which still has many gunfire scars fracturing the murals. We then wandered around the massive Central Park, went to ZOO station and took in a WWII tour.
A final thought about Berlin is that this is a city on the move and will be a stunningly modern city in a decade and well worth a revisit.
At the end of the day we ventured back to the car only to find that Pete had accidentally left the car unlocked, absolutely bulging with all our belongings. We then drove out of Berlin before finding a spot to set up camp and hustling up a quick meal in the fading light.

When I managed to clamber out of my tent the next morning, I was surprised to see the roadside stop where we had set up camp was completely blocked in by about ten Large Trucks, explaining all the noise last night.
We slowly made our way through Straslund and then finally Rugen, where we had four hours before the ferry to Sweden. The Baltic had a mysterious calmness throughout the whole journey and was topped of by a spectacular sunrise the melted into the horizon.
In Sweden we drove to the first decent spot for camping we could find and quickly pitched up and then had a couple of wines.
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