We got a chance to stop and relax and they had some really sick swings (pictures to come eventually). In addition there is the soccer practice field for one of the German soccer teams (I'm presuming Berlin, but I honestly have no idea). This park has almost 40,000 visitors pass through it per day, and there is also the flea market that we had a chance to go through.
In some ways, it was reminiscent of Barcelona, especially on La Rambla, where tons of people are walking all the time. I'll be honest, I'm not really a fan. The market had lots of interesting things, but nothing really caught my eye -- I think partially I was just frustrated that you were literally shoulder to shoulder with everyone and moved like molasses. I do have to say though; Ryan, Kendall, Ian and I stopped for a burger in there and it was freakin' awesome!
|behind me is the piece of the Berlin Wall|
|that is the burger! may not look great but believe me.. it was unreal.|
We also briefly stopped at the book burning memorial near the Humboldt Universität Bibliothek. This area has got some really heavy architecture, that also seems to pull from classical influence. The book burning is when the Nazis were burning all sorts of literature, and it was in this exact place that it happened. The memorials for a lot of things are very weird -- they don't seem to be very glorified. In fact, quite the opposite, they seem to be subtle and almost hidden. This one was just a panel of glass in the ground that showed a huge bookcase underground that was empty.
|the library; the memorial to the right if you were standing in this photo|
I think the highlight of the day was what we saw next, which is the Berliner Dom. This church is absolutely gorgeous inside and out. The royal sarcophagus was actually moved here, and in the basement there are tons of other caskets as well (it almost looks like a dark graveyard down there...) but I'm getting ahead of myself.
|i love this -- someone must have planted something different on the ground|
There are a good number of museums all right next to each other here (seriously, there are like 5 of them). I'm not going to try to list them because honestly I'm not sure what they all are -- but we were able to go into one of the museums that had a great Egyptian exhibit. The German museums seem to have a very odd collection of pieces -- but to be honest it's amazing they have anything given that Berlin was left in shambles. We looked around for a bit, and after looking at Nefertiti (a famous art piece that we had studied in art history) we decided to head out to dinner.
Now, normally I don't talk about meals too much, but this one has a bit of a silly story to go along with it. We stopped to eat at this Italian-looking place, and sat down. Our poor waitress pretty much had the most terrible time that night -- We got the feeling she was new, and was hustling her ass to take care of the people outside. The managers or maybe some head waiters were running all over her and she took forever to ask us for good and whatnot. Or course, when checkout came, we needed the check split in 3, which luckily we were able to tell her before she printed just one. But when Ryan and I tried to pay with credit cards the machine wouldn't work for her. Then with the change purse, she didn't have enough to give us change back. This poor girl, everything went wrong! I used as much German as I could to maybe somehow make her day a little bit better; but anyway, here's a prayer that goes out to you. Hopefully the restaurant business won't run you ragged!
Well it's late and I definitely need the sleep. Bis morgen!