Fall Break: Berlin and Amsterdam!

Fall break was a whirlwind of excitement! With a few hours of sleep after our finals we woke up bright at early to take a taxi to our 3am bus to Gatwick airport. After our bus ride I took a 3 hour nap in the children’s play section of the terminal for which I got several strange stares when I woke up. We had 15 minutes between learning the gate number and the gate closing to get to the gate so it was a mad dash to find easyjet! The plane ride was easy despite our (mainly my) unjustified freak out over carry on size the flight was easy. We landed and got through customs quickly but our attempt to find the “bus” to our hostel became quite confusing. Apparently the RB14 BUS Google told me to take was actually the S-Bahn TRAIN! My broken German was able to get through to a very confused man who told us where to get off. We got to our hostel then wandered around Berlin for a few hours grabbing some real German Bratwurst before a 3 hour walking tour of the city. Now 3 hours seems like a long time to be walking around but this tour was one of the greatest things I have done since leaving for study abroad! Alex (aka Zabi) was THE GREATEST tour guide ever. He was so into absolutely everything that he told us about. Every place we went to he had a story to go along with it! We saw Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Memorial to the Murder of the Jews in Europe, the location of Hitler’s Bunker, several cathedrals, the old Luftwaffe HQ, as well as the Berlin Wall! We ended the tour on Museum Island where Alex told us a tear jerking story about the fall of the Berlin Wall. The next day we re traced our steps going to the Tier Garten, the Topography or Terror Museum, and the Stasi exhibition. Berlin was loads of fun but one of the best, and most delicious, moments was the Haagen Daas experience! We even went to Alexanderplatz and then had traditional German food for dinner!

Amsterdam was another early morning flight followed by a 3 hour tour in the pouring rain! We were absolutely SOAKED. We hung out around the city and saw some cool and weird things. The next day we met up with a friend of Devon’s for a tour of the city. We went to the I AMsterdam sign and Centraal Station. The next day it poured again as we made our way to Zaanse Schans to see the windmills. Despite the freezing rain the windmills were one of my favorite things in Amsterdam, we even got a free cheese tasting of traditional dutch cheeses! Sunday night we made our way back to London Heathrow after a long week of traveling!

 

Teir Garten was beautiful

Teir Garten was beautiful

Memorial to Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn in Tier Garten

Memorial to Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn in Tier Garten

We found a park in Tier Garten!

We found a park in Tier Garten!

Berliner Dom at Museum Island

Berliner Dom at Museum Island

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

The Memorial to the Murder of the Jews in Europe

The Memorial to the Murder of the Jews in Europe

The only original piece of the Berlin Wall still in its original place next to the Luftwaffe HQ and the Topography of Terror Museum

The only original piece of the Berlin Wall still in its original place next to the Luftwaffe HQ and the Topography of Terror Museum

Checkpoint Charlie was a bit underwhelming

Checkpoint Charlie was a bit underwhelming

There were several of these across from Checkpoint Charlie and I'm still not sure what they're for but they look really cool!

There were several of these across from Checkpoint Charlie and I’m still not sure what they’re for but they look really cool!

Outside of the Konzerthaus in Berlin

Outside of the Konzerthaus in Berlin

Reading German was way easier than speaking it

Reading German was way easier than speaking it

A memorial to fallen soldiers.

A memorial to fallen soldiers.

A view of Museum Island

A view of Museum Island

On a Love Lock bridge in Amsterdam

On a Love Lock bridge in Amsterdam

We met up with a friend of Devon's for a tour of Amsterdam

We met up with a friend of Devon’s for a tour of Amsterdam

I don't know, I think I pull them off

I don’t know, I think I pull them off

We underestimated how windy it would actually be at the windmills.

We underestimated how windy it would actually be at the windmills.

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