May 22, 2005
Dec 18, 2005
We arrived in Berlin late afternoon and did a driving tour. My first impression was how i could feel the history everywhere in the city, especially the recent history with the Berlin Wall. We stopped off at the East Side Gallery which is a length of the wall that is covered with paintings. They were amazing and it was so weird to be walking alongside the wall and seeing all this celebratory art on it. There is a line of double bricks all around the city now, marking where the wall used to stand. We stayed in a hostel in town and headed out for dinner and cheap cocktails down the road. We made our way back to camp, serenading locals on the way and getting lots of laughs and surprised looks. The next day we went on a walking tour that showed us important places from when the third Reich was in place and the history of the wall. We saw the new holocaust memorial and the place where Hitler's bunker was (now a unmarked car park) and we finished up a checkpoint Charlie, the crossing point for big wigs when the wall was up. The CC museum showed us all the ways people had snuck out of East Berlin and those that had been unsuccessful. We then wandered down the main shopping strip and had some lunch. We made our way back around to the Holocaust memorial and wandered around it for a while. We walked past all the museums and saw the spot where the nazis had once burned books (i think i had seen this recreated in a Indiana Jones movie). We headed back to camp and prepared for another big travel day to Amsterdam...