Back in June on my foreign exchange trip, the group I was with spent a few days traveling around Germany. Our first stop was in Munich, and from there we headed to Berlin.
We started our time in Berlin by taking a boat tour, where we went down the Isar river and listened to the history of Berlin. Unfortunately for us, we forgot sunscreen so everyone ended up with lovely red sunburns. We spent a significant amount of time editing those out of the pictures!
Right after we got off the boat, we hopped on a bus tour. We stopped at the Berlin Wall where we saw the graffiti artwork showing the stories and feelings of the German people before, during, and after the reunification of Germany in 1989.
The next day we started off with breakfast at a little cafe called Oxymoron. It was surrounded by many other shops and apartments. I love that in Europe and in all of Germany the cities are always full of surprises around every corner.
On the note of coffee, I swear it’s about a hundred times better in Europe. It’s so rich and smooth. I could go on about it for hours. My new favorite type of coffee that I found during my time in Germany is a Latte Macchiato.
After our coffee stop, we went shopping at Bikini Berlin. My friend Avery and I thought it was actually a bikini store and were super pumped to get some new swimsuits. It ended up just being the name of the mall because of the way that it was shaped (sigh).
Across the street was the Kaiser Wilhelm church that was bombed during WWII; it was never completely rebuilt so we stopped there as well.
To end the last day of our short trip to Berlin, we checked out the Brandenburger Tor and the Reichstag. The Reichstag is the official government building of Germany.
Although this was a short stop, I was able to see a lot of the big things in Berlin. Whenever I go back in the future, I hope to be able to explore more of the lesser known parts of the city, and most importantly — try more coffee!