Had to be up horribly early in order to get a train to Cov, a 3 hour coach to the airport and then a flight to Berlin.
First impressions were that it was a pretty cool city, loads of awesome street at around which I really like.
Meal out in the evening where I had the tastiest thai red chicken curry. Spicy but soooo good! Hit a pub afterwards with everyone, then ended up in a great little bar with Sam and Jack. Me and Jack danced (badly) for ages and it was so much fun even if a lot of the music was really cheesy (like Abba).
We headed out early for breakfast at a bakery near the station; I had a marzipan croissant which was incredible. We got a train over to near museum island and ended up heading into the Berliner Dom, a beautiful cathedral with a huge copper dome. We went right to the top and got to look out over the whole city.
The inside of the cathedral itself was beautiful. So I’m not normally really into cathedrals or religious buildings or anything like that but this one was rather nice. From the top of the dome we could see all the buildings around, the river running through the city, the park area on museum island and we managed to pick out a few of the buildings we wanted to visit later in the week.
Upstairs we got to learn about the history of the cathedral and how it was built and downstairs was the crypt which was a pretty eerie place.
Anyway, after the cathedral we stopped for food. Most of the boys got currywurst, I just grabbed a sausage sandwhich, pretty tasty and I fed some of my leftover bread to all the cute little birds around, they were adorable.
After this we went for a bit of a walk, saw a war memorial and then Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag from the outside. All pretty impressive looking.
The war memorial was where a WW2 solider and concentration camp victim were buried together and the statue in the middle depicts them both. The whole building was huge with all this empty space and this one statue in the middle. Directly above it was a hole in the roof where the sunlight was coming through, it really had a big impact, pretty emotional.
Honestly, I think this is one of my favourite photos of the week.
Then we headed over to the Holocaust memorial and museum. The memorial itself was pretty striking. When you were walking through the really tall blocks it really did make you think a lot and get kind of emotional. The museum itself was under the memorial and was fantastic, although very sad. It taught me so much I never really before; I had no idea the Nazi’s ill-treatment of the Jews had spread so far over Europe and even into Egypt and other parts of North Africa. Plus, what I really liked were the sections on Jewish families and people affected and what happened to them. It made it so much more real and was, at times, really shocking and upsetting.