Day 3 - 25th August
26.08.2011 - 26.08.2011 33 °C
‘East Side’. Back on the bus to explore East Berlin. Very different. Lots of Communist housing but also many grand historic buildings. I felt emotionally unsettled travelling through Berlin. I don’t have an exact way of describing how I felt but I’m sure it was simply my inability to process the emotion attached to what we were seeing and maybe even more so what we weren’t seeing. The city was virtually destroyed. Where did everyone go? There were huge bunkers everywhere. Every part of the city was a distinct reminder.
The Wall. We got to see a recreation of how the wall stood, including patrol roads, watchtowers and the inner wall. I didn’t know there even was an inner wall. They called the area in between the death strip for obvious reasons.
East Side Gallery. One of the longest preserved sections of the wall which now acts as a giant canvas lining the river bank. Very cool.
Dinner. Check out the expression on Vic’s face. Not impressed. We thought a bit of sausage could be a winner for a quick dinner. We thought wrong. Can’t wait to eat some real grub.
Hackescher Markt. Another cool little pocket of Berlin. In the cultural slash artsy sector. Many more alternative types plus street entertainment, live music and a real buzz about it.