- My Spanish friend Sara visited Berlin a few weeks ago. I was glad to see her again and was grateful to have a friend here before Matt arrived. I actually went on a tour of Berlin with her and her other friends from Madrid, but it ended up being in Spanish so I didn’t understand anything. Though, I did enjoy seeing for the first time different sites such as the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Holocaust Memorial, and square above Hiter’s bunker, where he committed suicide.
- Matt arrived in Berlin a few days later, almost two weeks ago now. It is so wonderful to have him here and to explore the city together. He shares a two-bedroom apartment on the opposite side of Alexanderplatz with another guy from his study program at CIEE. In addition to his classes, CIEE offers many excursions and events, and I have been able to join some of them, too. I went on another tour of Berlin with them, but this time it was in English so I found it a lot more interesting and informative.
- Last Monday, I started my internship at MODOMOTO Curated Shopping GmbH. I am on the Business Development team and support my coworkers with different projects. There are only six of us on the team, but we represent five different countries. Everyone on my team and in the office has been very welcoming. We eat lunch together everyday at the nearby Markthalle, which has various stands from different international cuisines and good prices. I have enjoyed my first six days, and I’m looking forward to the next five months there.
Check out the pictures below for more views of the amazing Berlin!
Matt and I next to the World Clock. (For any Bourne fans, a scene in Bourne Supremacy was filmed here.)
Rotes Rathaus (red city hall)
These Berliner Bears are found all over the city, each with its own special theme like this one with different country flags.
Spree River with the Berliner Dom (cathedral) in the background
Altes Museum behind the Lustgarten, which apparently is quite popular in the summer for sunbathers.
Flohmarkt This flea market happens every Sunday in the Mauerpark. You can find anything here from jewelry and souvenirs to old Polaroid cameras and dining room tables. This woman wasn’t very happy to be in my picture.
Graffiti artists spray painting a piece of the Berlin wall, which is actually legal now.
My Spanish friend Sara and her friends visited Berlin at the end of January.
afternoon Siesta at the local burger joint
We left our mark on the wall.
Die Welt (the world) is a popular newspaper in Germany.
Checkpoint Charlie – a picture of an American soldier showing that you are entering the American sector of Berlin.
One of the longest remaining strips of the Berlin wall.
Topographie des Terrors: where the Stasi headquarters was located.
One of the watch towers where East German soldiers controlled the border at the wall.
Berlin Wall Memorial: This stretch of the wall is the longest section still standing.
The Tunnel 57 refers to the tunnel dug from West Berlin to East Berlin, in which 57 people escaped to the west until Eastern German soldiers discovered the tunnel. (The entry to the tunnel in the East was unfortunately through an old toilet.)
too chilly for Matt
The spots shown on the columns are patched bullet holes from WWII.
Konzerthaus and Französischer Dom in the Gedarmenmarkt
Holocaust Memorial: The artist of the memorial never explained the meaning behind his design because he wanted each visitor to determine for himself what it meant. The common interpretation is that the outskirts of the memorial with the shorter stones represent how the Jews viewed their treatment in the beginning. Then as you walk to the middle of the memorial, the stones rise up around you causing you to feel disoriented, claustrophobic, and isolated. This represents how the Jews were persecuted more and more, being separated from friends and family and not knowing what will be around the next corner.
Matt inside the Holocaust Memorial
Brandenburg Gate in Pariser Platz: When the Berlin wall was built, the gate stood between the two walls in no man’s land.
Hotel Adlon, where Michael Jackson once dangled his baby outside of his hotel room window
This man is a Grillrunner. Many of these mobile Wurst vendors can be found around Alexanderplatz. They sell different types of sausages for only 1.50 Euro.
Matt and I in Potsdamer Platz
Croquettes from the Spanish tapas vendor in the Markthalle
I ordered the vanilla latte on the left. My Italian friend ordered the espresso on the right. (such a size difference)
Victory Column in the Groser Stern (large star where many roads meet at this roundabout)
Matt and I climbed the bell tower for a view of Potsdamer Platz.
spontaneous photo shoot Model credits: Matt Lee
While passing the bells on the tower’s staircase, the clock struck 12:30 and the bells rang loudly causing us to nearly fall down the stairs.