Back when Hauke was living in NZ, german public toilets became a running joke between us (long story), so when I read on Stuff months ago that a German woman was running tours of toilets around Berlin I told Hauke we had to do it. He rang Anna up and when she heard I'd
|With Anna in the toilet-themed bar|
|Chunk of wall|
The state we woke up in the next morning taught me never to do a Pub Crawl like that again, we headed up the Fernsehturm first thing and in the elevator a group of english tourists were talking excitedly about doing the same tour that night - I had to laugh, because one look at Hauke and I should have been enough to put anyone off! The Fernsehturm was quite cool, its 368m tall so taller than the Skytower and
|Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe|
|In front of the Berliner Dom|
I can see myself living in Berlin, the city has a really nice feel to it, kind of like a really big version of Wellington, and I would love to go back and spend a lot longer just exploring the city and soaking the culture all up. The transport systems are amazingly complicated, they have above ground and underground trains running, a tram system in the former East, and buses everywhere. We bought a three-day pass, and Hauke was great working out what we needed to take to get everywhere, simple things like taking the tram really amuse me! It also really interests me how you can see differences in the two sections, like that one side had trams and the other doesn't, and differences in the more modern buildings. You can also see the effects of the war on the old buildings, many have obviously been damaged and repaired, with different coloured patches where bullet holes were filled in. I feel like I was walking around for three days with my mouth hanging open, everything just seemed so large, and in a really cool neo-classical style - really different from Göttingen and Mainz where we are now!
|Wall at the East Side Gallery|