James Deane arrived today! And Phil and Lauren.
They wanted to see a couple of touristy bits so me and Scott met them at the Brandenburg Gate. We all headed over to the aquarium but just me and Jamesy went in. It was actually really cool, the bottom floor was all fish and jellyfish and seahorses and underwater animals. The jellyfish were definitely my favourite to photograph! They just look so cool and the way they move around is incredible to watch. I loved the seahorses as well, they’re just so cute!
The second floor was all reptiles so there were a lot of cute little lizards and snakes and tortoises and animals like that. Again, it was really cool! A lot of the little lizards were coming right up to the glass so we were really close to them. You know how in a lot of zoos and aquariums and things a lot of the animals, particularly reptiles, just sort of sit there, these were the complete opposite! So many were running around the tank, jumping through trees, eating things. One tortoise even tried running (very slowly)!
Then the top floor was insects and amphibians. So many frogs and toads which were my favourites here! I especially loved the g reen tree frog and all the poison dart frogs. The poison dart frogs are incredible because they’re so beautiful! They come in all different colours – these really vivid blues and yellows and reds, with black spots, although there are actually 175 different species of them so some look pretty different! They’re really brightly coloured so that other animals will see them and be like ‘Whoa… that’s bright, clearly poison. Better not eat you mate or I’ll be dead.’
Anyway, after the zoo we had some food and then headed over to meet Scott and the others to go on an underground tour. It was really interesting, they took us through all these underground bunkers and tunnels and told us all about people’s attempts to escape under the Berlin Wall via escape tunnels. It focused on people trying to escape through the sewers, via train-lines and by digging their own tunnels. It was about an hour and a half long and really, really interesting. Definitely one of my favourite things of the week!
When it ended, we came out near the Berlin Wall memorial so we walked down past that and had a read about some more things – we even saw the remains of some of the buildings that were inside the parameters of the wall. There was like a row of houses in this particular place and eventually the families who lived there ended up being thrown out of them, it was kind of sad.