Day 52 – Berlin

Got to Berlin at 8 in the morning. Slowly we made our way to the hostel using the bus system. The hostel was in a foresty area, which was really weird since it was in the middle of Berlin.

Put our stuff down and chilled for a bit using the wireless. Then went out into the world using the X10 bus. We missed the first of the tours (one of those free tours where you only pay by tipping the guide). Instead we walked around the zoological garten. Found some stuff at a 1 euro store, and an “alternative” store, where I guess I bought a patch? I also remember getting food right around that area, and they had the car from Death Proof.

Then we got on the tour, and saw all the sights of Berlin. First was the gate. Near the gate, there was this silence room where you’d go in and spend a minute of silence in dedication to something or other. World peace?
Then went to the Holocaust Memorial. That was pretty interesting because it’s all these concrete cubes at differing heights. It was really interesting to walk around the thing, and it seemed a bit easy to run into people there.

Somewhere along the way, though I didn’t write this down, we went to the spot where Hitler died. It wasn’t marked on purpose because they thought there would be problems with Neo-Nazis visiting that area. It was pretty much a ditch. I suppose that’s what he deserved.

The Berlin Wall. Checkpoint Charlie. Stopped for a bit of food.

Went to a few more places, like near a museum, and the place where they burned books (in the scene with Indiana Jones), and also showed us some kind of spire with some story behind it. And then took a rest while the tour guide told us how the wall went down. It was some really weird TV goof up, and proved to be a really interesting story.

Walked all the way back to zoo garten, got on the bus and went back to the hostel. We were totally exhausted, and I spent some time on my laptop updating stuff and going through things on the internet.

Mode was a bit tired, but I wanted to chill outside so I went there. I think I took my book, but some girl met me out there and we talked and talked. We went out for dinner together, Mode I think was sleeping or something. Went to a Greek restaurant, and the food was really good. We had really interesting conversations about all sorts of things. We then walked around looking for a late night phramacy because I think she wanted to get something. Then walked back.

But you know what? This whole time we never asked for each others’ names. Halfway through the evening I pointed this out, and she had noticed too. I can’t remember who suggested it, but we decided that it would be just as well that we never learned each others names. It was a very odd idea, but I liked it. And so to this day I think that is the only friend I have ever made whom I did not know the name of (not including those I have forgotten the name of).

Got back to the hostel and talked online until late. There was some movie playing that people were watching… it was either Inside Man or Robots or both.

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