Am Sonntag bin ich nach Berlin gefahren, um meine Freundin zu besuchen. Heh. Just kidding. On Sunday I went to Berlin to visit a friend from school. She's studying urban planning and the "two city" phenomenon -differences between east and west. She's pretty cool. She invited me to go to church with her, and since I could get a super cheap ticket for the 3-hour journey, I decided to go up for the day. I got there around noon, ate a delicious belegtes broetchen (discovered a new bread-product I actually like!) and hit the Natural History Museum (Museum fuer Naturkunde) with what felt like every family in the greater-city area. Oh well, it was super awesome. You know I like sciency stuff.
This last picture is of a super-famous fossil. It is only one of 10 known specimens and by far the best preserved. The farmer who discovered it originally traded it for a cow.
The public transportation system in Berlin intimidated me a little, so I walked everywhere. At -8 Celsius, it was pretty cold, but I went inside often enough that I was ok. I decided to do the "tourist walk" towards the Brandenburg Gate. Given the cold and the fact that it was Sunday, things were pretty quiet and still. I liked it -it was snowing lightly and so pretty.
Unfortunately there was a large group of protestors and police at the Brandenburg Gate, so I snapped a quick picture from afar and then fled in the opposite direction. I can always come back at some point.
Right around the corner was the memorial to the Jews murdered during the Holocaust. There was a little visitors center so I went in (it was warm) and looked at the stories and pictures. It was dark and silent and filled with foreigners. There was a metal detector and bag-scanner at the door.
Thankfully it was a SHORT walk to meet my friend. We had coffee -well, actually, I had hot cocoa and chatted in English about American stuff. Like commiserating about how much we miss peanut butter. All in all, a good day.