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Day 44, Berlin

sunny 23 °C

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Yesterday we went to the wrong museum. The Stasi museum. The DDR museum. I suppose if you knew nothing of them you could mess it up. We went to the Stasi museum, a complete waste of our money. There are two floors of an office building covered in walls of German words and pictures from the 70’s. When you know very little of what you are looking at, 5 euros seems like a lot to spend. The museum we meant to see was the DDR museum. Voted one of the top in the world, one of the most interactive museums around. English. And 6 euros for the whole thing. We were disappointed.
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We went to KeDeWa a massive and expensive department store in Berlin. We saw a 25 000 euro watch in a display case and there were many thousands of euro purses. We were there, however, to see the top floor filled with food. It was HUGE. Way bigger than an grocery store, except maybe Costco. Now imagine Costco filled up with only top quality products. A wall of over a hundred different jams, TWO cheese counters filled with any cheese you can possibly imagine. There were spices, teas, candy, bakeries and so much more! There were also restaurants selling top quality dinner plates from multiple bars. We thought it was a lot of fun to wander around.
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We had metro passes this day and we spend most of our time on transit. We must have made 15 connections, where we get on one train, get off, wait, get on, get off, wait. Over and over again! We went home to get our train passes and passport and left again. We wandered around the gardens of Charlottenburg Palace for an hour. It’s very beautiful and fairy-tale-like considering its in the middle of a city. It had a huge lake, tall grasses and a few cute bridges to meander over. From there we headed to the bombed out church we had seen so many times in pictures. We got out at our stop and headed up, we looked around thinking the building would be tall, we should be able to see it, but there was no church around.
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We walked for a while one day, past what must have been time-trials for whatever race was happening (Tour of Berlin.) These bikers were going so fast! At one point as we watched them do a really tight corner we actually saw one fall. It was quite scary, he fell and then put his hands up right away so they guy trying not to hit him wouldn’t run over him (he nearly did!) Then the car following them starts honking a lot and the passenger jumps out to see if he is okay. He grabs his bike and starts to push him to give him extra speed maybe? Maybe to stabilize him because he can’t actually reach the ground with his feet.
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We come back the other direction because we are going the wrong way before I figure out that the bombed out church is actually fully covered in white wood and plexiglass while it is under construction. Well we tried at least. We trained to the main station and booked as many trains as we could, 5 to be exact. Then we took the train far away to a place we heard about for dinner. It was nothing noteworthy. When we FINALLY made it home we were exhausted. We had one drink at the bar before heading upstairs for showers and making plans for the next day.
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Posted by s-a 16:02 Archived in Germany Tagged berlin

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