Berlin...getting jiggy with the group
Trip Start Jul 08, 2013
25Trip End Aug 10, 2013
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Decided to spend the afternoon relaxing and reading my book in the room as I knew the next two weeks with the Contiki Group were going to be busy and I appreciated the quiet in my room. At four my roommate, Sarah from New York, showed up and we got to know each othe for an hour before heading to the lobby to meet our group
After the meet and greet we all piled into our coach bus and they took us into the city to a large German restaurant where we all had dinner together. Traditional meal of German Sausage was the menu and it was delicious! Some people in the group headed out for a drink after dinner, but a big portion of us headed back to the hotel so we could get some sleep before the long day we had ahead of us.
The next morning, we were up early and down for breakfast. All of the hotels we will be staying in have amazing breakfast included in the cost of our tour, which is fabulous! Everyone piled onto the bus and we headed into the city for an optional city walking tour. Our "local" guide was from Pittsburg, but was super cute and very very knowledgable about the history of Berlin and its beautiful buildings. Germany, and Berlin specifically, does such an amazing job of balancing the past with the present...respecting and not sweeping under the rug their dark past, but not glorifying it either
After the tour, a group of us went for eats down by the river and a beer, then headed back to the hotel to get changed and ready for this evenings festivities! I wore my new Paris special dress and the whole group met to head to the Haufbrau Haus, a massive german beer hall in town. I ordered the Pork Knuckle, and my eyes bulged as it was set down in front of me! It was massive! I did my best but the pork got the better of me! A few more beers and we were off to the Eye Spy tour/pub crawl, where we walked around a few neigbourhoods and heard spy stories from another guide. Stopped at two Berlin bars which were overcrowded and interesting for an included drink, then ended up at a massive dance club. Partyed there for a bit which was so fun but I had made a poor footwear choice and ended up having to head home to rest my barking dogs! So far, I am enjoying the group and am looking forward to furthur travels!