Berlin was the very last city we visited during our trip. When I found out we would take a day trip there, I got all sorts of feels. I have heard of Berlin through text books and movies. I am certain everyone has heard of the stories as well. To me, it was very interesting and exciting to finally see this place.
We took a train ride from Hamburg to Berlin, and upon arrival, I quickly noticed how clean and crisp the place was. We walked around the Reichstag/Bundestag Building – I don’t really know which one to call it because I kept hearing both. From my understanding, each references the current occupants, but I could also be wrong. We also walked through the Brandenburg Gate, and then to the Holocaust Memorial (or Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe). Oh. My. Gosh. Inside, there were stories and pictures of victims and their families, as well as letters, postcards, and journal entries retrieved from victims and the fortunate survivors. It was horrific, sad, and the feeling inside was magnified by the realization of its actuality. Sigh.
We also saw the remains of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie. We walked around the area, and if you ever go, please be careful of the individuals who try to get your sympathy and take your money. One girl asked my sister-in-law to sign some paper that we couldn’t understand… she did not sign. But we did see the same girl and her friends go around telling tourists to sign, and then ask for money.What?! This was not only in Berlin, though, because we also saw the same thing in Paris and Rome. So, just be careful.
I must also note that I finally went to the infamous Primark! Because it was so crowded inside and I was just exhausted from the day, I decided to just park on a couch with my brother while the rest of our party shopped. My niece got some pretty neat stuff though, and I got a Mickey and Minnie “His and Hers” mug.
That basically sums up the last of my trip. We had to catch the train back to Hamburg, where we ate at Hard Rock Cafe as a last thank you dinner to our hosts.
As tired as I was during this trip, I would do it all over again without hesitation! It was such a blessing to have seen other parts of the world that I thought I would only see in my dreams.