Berlin, where walls come crashing down!

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Aug 02, 2010

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Menniger Hotel and Hostel

Flag of Germany  , Berlin,
Saturday, June 19, 2010

My two days in Berlin  can only be described as an interesting experience, especially as a solo traveler. I found my way to Berlin Via Ride share from Hamburg Central train station. For those who are unfamiliar with ride share, its an easy way to travel between city's, You hitch a ride with complete strangers and hope you don't end up bound and gagged. Fortunately I found my way to Berlin without being sold as a sex slave.  Upon arriving to Berlin I explored the city a bit by train and found it to be overwhelmingly large but easy to maneuver. During my two nights in Berlin I was able to experience some beautiful historical sites like the Berlin Dom, museum island, and the remainder of what was the Berlin Wall. All of the sites were great to visit and very interesting but  way too over crowded with tourists. I found Berlins counter culture to be much more interesting. The colorful artwork and graffiti seemed to litter almost every square inch of east Berlin. I found these dirty graffiti filled areas to be much more beautiful and welcoming then the overcrowded tourist areas that boast nothing but overpriced museums, bad service and pricey mediocre food.
    After spending close to a month traveling Europe and seeing and experiencing mostly large city's, I have come to the conclusion that when I have the chance to take another trip like this again I will do everything in my power to stay away from the major cities and tourist traps. After all, that the best way to experience the people and the culture, and that's the ultimate goal of this journey.
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