This weekend in Berlin has been amazing, and also extremely busy! My fitness tracker app in my watch says yesterday, Saturday, I walked eleven miles, but who knows if that is true! This is an amazing city with so much rich culture. One of the most interesting sites to me was the Holocaust Memorial. It has these large cement blocks in all different sizes arranged so the smaller ones are on the outside and the taller ones are in the middle. As. You walk further and further inward, and you start to feel very isolated and trapped. It really is an overpowering feeling. This experience really stood out to me overall.
Another place we visited that I loved was the French Cathedral. There seemed to be a million stairs but it was worth the view at the top. From there we were able to see each piece of Berlin that makes it famous. Maybe it’s the girl in me, but at the top there was a proposal being set up with rose petals and balloons and I think that may have helped to add to my overall experience in this cathedral. It was the perfect romantic spot and was just such a beautiful view!
Berlin was just as busy as I expected it would be! It was a big city feel, however, without the crowds like New York City. Even though we were in a big city, far away, it felt normal and did not feel like I was so far from home! Everything was beautiful and just a great experience for the first place I have ever visited over seas. The one thing that felt very different for me was taking the trains! I normally do not travel by anything other than a car, so I was really nervous about learning to use a public transportation system. Little did I know reading a rail map would be so easy! It was so much fun being able to figure that all out and feel so accomplished when I got somewhere on my own! I was just speaking with a friend about how I feel as if I have grown up so much in simply planning out this trip, saving up, making reservations, doing research, etc. This weekend made me feel even more responsible and grown up, especially when I realized I could navigate a German speaking city on my own.
The culture, people, and food we experienced in Berlin was exquisite. At some parts I really felt like I was in Germany, during other parts, I felt like that city could have been my home. There were so many parts I loved that I cannot name them all in one post! I am still learning how to upload the pictures on my camera to my phone using wifi, but as soon as I learn how I will include the many pictures I have from this section of our trip.
Approaching my junior year at Buffalo State College, I am a combined major of Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a concentration in English. Teaching is the 'family business' and I have been passionate about the profession since I was very young. It is an honor to be apart of the IPDS Germany cohort this summer.