Bustlin’ Berlin

Annnnd we’re back with another adventure-filled blog post from yours truly. Shortly after returning from my trip to Munich, I hopped on (yet another) bus with about 40 other students from my program and made the 7-hour drive from Bonn to Berlin. This trip was operated through the Universität Bonn Junior Year Program (which is what I’m in) and served as a way to learn about the German government, the many museums, and the massive importance of Berlin in German history.

The university had set up housing accommodations in a youth hostel near the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate), which was pretty sweet.

The historic Brandenburg Gate

What was even sweeter was the fact that the hostel included breakfast AND dinner. Unreal. Breakfast was typical German cuisine; bread, meat, cheese, fruit, meat, meat, and some müsli (imagine cereal and granola had a baby). However, something the hostel did not include (which is not surprising), was air conditioning, which would have been amazing, considering the entire week was in the mid-90’s.  After breakfast, we either would hop on the bus or walk to one of the many planned activities for the day. These activities included a Holocaust Memorial, Pergamon Museum, DDR Museum, Reichstag building, day trip to Postdam, etc.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, there is close to 3,000 uniquely shaped concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern

If you ever find yourself in Berlin, I highly recommend the DDR Museum. One of few museums where it was actually encouraged to touch and interact with the exhibitions, had a genuinely great time there. Around 5pm (17:00 if we’re gonna be European about it) we would return to the hostel for dinner, aka more meat dishes (no complaints). The only downside to our hostel was the fact that it was that it was swarming with loud, middle-school-aged kids. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised, as it was a youth hostel after all.

Inside the glass dome of the Reichstag

After dinner, we were free for the night. By pure coincidence, I happened to have four friends, all former co-workers of mine back at UW, who were also in Berlin for a couple nights. Naturally, I met up with them for a couple of the nights and enjoyed some of the many beer gardens across Berlin. Being the nerd that I am, I opted to go out and shoot some photos rather than clubbing with the rest of the group for the last night, well worth it.

Alexanderplatz with Germanys tallest structure in the background (Berliner Fernsehturm)

It was a bit of a shock to go back to classes that next week, as it had been close to 15 days since we had last met! Nothing too exciting to report on for the following weeks, I gave a 15-minute presentation in German on Porsche for my business class. It went well. Thanks for asking.

Mid-June means the 2018 World Cup is officially underway! Having won the previous World Cup, the Germans have set their expectations HIGH for this year’s tournament (basically unless they win it all again, they’ve failed). The entire city was buzzing with excitement for Germanys first match against Mexico. I went to a 2,000-person public viewing to watch the game, amazing atmosphere, horrible result. To keep it short, Germany lost. Fortunately, they have two more matches to redeem themselves and advance to the next round. Should be exciting…

As always, thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “Bustlin’ Berlin”

  1. Quinn

    Your reports from Germany 🇩🇪 are really good and informative. And you are funny too
    Love Grandma

  2. Quinn,
    Thank you so much also for this report. Enjoyed reading it, especially about your stay in Berlin. Wish I would have been there as your tour guide. Too bad that you didn’t have time to call one of my brothers or the son of my brother Uli (his name is Karsten). The Alexanderplatz was once the busiest “Verkehrsplatz” in the world. When in Potsdam, you were only 20 minutes away from where my brother Hans-Joachim is living (Berlin-Kladow) and where my father was born. Enjoy Germany. Since Toni Kroos schoss das unglaubliche Tor gegen Schweden, ist man sicher wieder optimistischer. Nur darf man Sued Korea nicht unbedingt als einen leicht zu schlagenden Gegner sehen. Weiterhin viel Spass, Grandpa

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