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Berlin: The Recap, Part Zwei

September 13, 2010

Continuing the recaps of my study abroad trip in Russia, Germany and Austria…I had such a blast in Berlin. I can’t say it enough, how much Berlin beckoned me to send Isaiah a one-way ticket and have all of our possessions just mailed their way over. To pass this building on my way to work would be facking magical.

Live near the fabulous San Souci castle where Frederick the Great lived…a man so bad-ass, Andy Warhol even painted his likeness.

One of my favorite displays while we were there, is the crashed Superman in front of the Jewish Museum in Berlin. I’m not sure if Superman is there all of the time, or if he’s just part of the exhibit. The current exhibit was called “Heroes, Freaks and Super-Rabbis” – meant to call attention to the Jewish contribution to comic art.

The most stunning, powerful and guilt-inducing part of the trip to this half-German female was Sachsenhausen labor camp. Because I would not do the story of Sachsenhausen justice, I’ll just share a small part of our visit there with you. The camp was victim to an arson attack by Neo-Nazis in 1992, and was partially reconstructed in 1997. The rest of the damage from the fire was left to keep the memory of the fire and the fact that there are still Nazi-believers out there today present in people’s minds. The following photo was of our 30 person group gathered in the lodging “den,” listening to our guide tell us of the history of Sachsenhausen. The damage from the fire in 1992 remains on the ceiling.

The trip to Berlin was eye-opening and beautiful. I can’t urge you enough, if you ever get the chance, to visit. This is me in front of San Souci, my favorite palace we visited throughout the trip.

If you have ever lived in Berlin, want to live in Berlin or live in Berlin right now, we need to talk.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2010 7:04 am

    beautiful pics! the architecture is beautiful. love the mix of new and old.

  2. September 13, 2010 11:56 am

    If there is one regret I had from college it would be not participating in a study abroad program. I have always found German guilt about the Holocaust quite interesting especially how it shape their dealings with intolerance. These images are fascinating.

  3. September 13, 2010 5:22 pm

    i love reading about your trip! also, you are adorable. berlin sounds so fascinating!

  4. September 13, 2010 5:34 pm

    Thanks, Lisa! You’re sweet!

  5. September 15, 2010 8:27 pm

    looks amazing! (especially dead superman)

  6. yvette permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:48 am

    oh my freaking gawd!!! I want to go there so bad
    your recaps sound like you had an amazing time. how where the people like? what was school like?
    any tips on the studying abroad thing?
    i want to go but am held back by the language barrier/intimidation of the process/cost haha
    any advice would be awsome thanks. :]
    -yvette

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