Berlin Fam Trip 2013
Berlin, Germany’s largest city had much to offer us as first time visitors. It’s rich and complex history paired with is rapid movement toward modernization made Berlin easy to love. With each day planned and packed with tours and activities there was never a dull moment, with virtually no time to miss home.
We submersed our selves into the German culture, we ate German food everyday, and attempted to learn and speak German when ever we could. We greeted each other with phrases like “guten tag” and “guten morgen” and mastered the art of spending euros.
Every day was different one day we to a spectacular bike tour of Berlin which enabled us to see the city from the inside out. On the tour we saw parts of the remaining Berlin Wall, the Reichstag, the beautiful Brandenburg gate, and even Check point Charlie. Another day we toured the Charlottenburg palace. In it we were able to experience how Prussian royalty once lived. We were surrounded by opulence and grand decorations that awed us.
Berlin even in all its beauty cannot be enjoyed fully with out paying respect to the millions that were killed during the dark nazi regime. The most memorable parts of this trip was visiting the memorial for murdered Jews, and visiting the closed concentration to Berlin. The memorial for murdered Jews was mind blowing, entering it gave me a sense of unimportance, and confusion. It was designed to pay tribute to those who lost their live in the senseless genocides. I would recommend greatly that any visit it. The grim tour of the concentration camp that was once occupied by both the nazis and Stalin was heart wrenching. As a group we felt honored to have been able to pay respect to those who had lost their lives in Europe.
If ever there were a word to describe the feeling of contentment, astonishment, and fulfillment it would be called Berlin. While visiting Berlin each of my senses were exercised in ways they had never been. From the sound of the German language and the smell of crisp beer seeping out of bar door ways into the street to vibrant street art and classic architecture. Berlin nestled into a space in my heart.