After a short adventure in Prague, we then took the train up to Berlin where the ISHAM conference was being held – the main reason for our travels over the Atlantic. But we were still able to escape during free time to explore the city and some surrounding areas.
Our first sight-seeing trip was done with Fat Tire Bike Tours, where our super knowledgeable guide, Kate, told us everything we wanted to know about the buildings and history we were seeing in Berlin (if only I could remember all she said). We even had a lunch pit stop at a biergarten.
We also took the train out to Oranienburg to visit the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, but I am only sharing a photo of the memorial built within – I don’t think anyone really wants to see the camp itself. I will share one blurb I read from a resident of the town at the time, who said she only thought it was a prison. She had no idea what was really going on.
After the first bike tour, we were convinced that it was the best way to to sight-see so we all signed up for another one touring the nearby town of Potsdam – where the Prussian kings and German Kaisers lived until 1918.
One interesting thing about Potsdam is that since the people could not travel all over the world to experience different cultures, interpretations were brought to the city and as you can imagine didn’t get it quite right. How can you know what something is supposed to look like without ever seeing it before?
And of course back in Berlin we had to immerse ourselves in the excitement that is the Eurocup! We joined the masses on the Fan Mile outside the Brandenburge Gate for a viewing of the Germany vs. Netherlands game.
There is still so much construction going on in Berlin, I would love to come back in a few years to see how much it has changed!
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