B to ER to the LIN

Trip Start May 24, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Here we are in Berlin, a city with massive amounts of history. So we put our learning shoes on and decided to edumacate (or however u spell it...its been a while since we have been in school) ourselves. We did a FREE walking tour of the city and it was amazing. It showed us all around the city and pointed out some of these highlights. The tour started off at the Brandenburg Gate which is a famous site for Berlin, went to the Reichstag which is the Parliment buildings. Then we headed to a pretty recent Holocaust Memorial which is placed in the centre of the city so that every tourist, bussinessman, student and local are forced to pass by it and forced to think! It is made of many many concrete stones that resemble coffins of varrying sizes. The meaning is open to interpretation...some other ideas are that they look like train cargos in which they carried the prisoners to the concentration camps in, or a bar graph of the growth of anti-semitism in Germany during the 1930's. No matter what you think it means it definately affects you!! Then we headed to the grounds over top of Hitler's Secret Bunker during World War II. There is no way to go visit it because it was destroyed later on and there is no plaque to comemorate it because they do not want Hitler to be honoured in any way. The only way that he is "honoured" is there are apartment buildings right near the site and all of the residents with dogs bring their dogs down everyday to do their "bussiness" on top of where Hitler's Bunker used to be!!!
We went and saw Check Point Charlie (Rene...it was the last thing we needed to do on your list!!!) This was the main passing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War.
Then we saw a Memorial for the 1933 Nazi Book Burning Memorial. As well learned how the Berlin Wall finally fell in November 1989, which led to the reunification of Berlin!!
The next day we felt like continuing our learning so we headed to a tour of a concentration camp....read the next entry to find out!!
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