Friday, July 31, 2009

Last Day in Berlin

Today the Reichstag opened the Dome for viewing. The view was incredible. You can see most of the city. The Dome was added to the original building and allows viewers to walk up the ramp and look over the shoulders of their parliament members. The capitol of Germany was changed from Bonn to Berlin in 1999.

The victory tower was impressive and had an incredible view of the Brandenberg gate, Reichstag and the TV Tower.

I spent most of the day in Potsdam at the Sanssouci Palace, which was massive. The palace had an amazing garden including water fountains and statues.

I've been enjoying the cheap eating including the bratwursts and the snacks I brought with me.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Walling It

Yesterday I did the wall sites, including Checkpoint Charlie, the Museum and Topography of Terror. Only a small segment of the wall is left, which which was blocked off because of the construction on the Topography of Terror. The wall has lots of holes with rebar showing through. It was amaying learning how quickly the wall went up and the creative ways people used to try to escape.

I also went to Jewish Museum and learned that the Jews have were kicked out of most European countries were persecuted during most of European History. Most of the Jews settled in Eastern and Northern Europe where they were harrassed a lot less.

I took the train out to the Olympic Stadium, which was cool to see.

One my first day I had a currywurst which is like spiced wieners, a ketchup sauce with curry spice.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

First Day in Berlin

My spelling is going to be even worst because of the different keyboards, at least I now have an excuse!! I can't upload pictures because there isn't a USB port. I visited the Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, German History Muesum with lots of walking!!

They have cobblestones marking the spot were the wall once stood. It's so bizzare to see the huge difference between the east and west sides of Berlin.

I enjoyed the Memorial to the Murdered Jews with huge column blocks symbolizing all the Jews that were killed. I learned the the Roma's (Gypsy's) along with another group were also targeted. Jews from as far away as Greece were taken to concentration camps.

I'll tour the Reichstag Parilment Building this morning and do a lot of the wall sites including Checkpoint Charlie.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Leaving on a Jet Plane

My carry on and purse are packed and I'm ready to go. No extra baggage on this trip!!

Thank you for all the nice phone calls and messages from friends and family. I'll try to update my blog as much as possible, but no promises.

I'm excited and a little nervous right now. It seems so unreal.

Monday, July 13, 2009


I finally updated my blog!!!

I'm leaving July 28th to tour Europe for a month!! It's my first time in Europe and I'm excited for my adventure.

Let me know if you have any tips for my trip!!

Rhine Valley

Last Minute Trip to Big Bear

I had a 45 minutes to eat breakfast, pack, and leave.....we had a lot of fun. We went kayaking, hiking, 4 wheeling (in a rental mini-van, we didn't want to ruin our car) with a little mine exploring.

I screamed the loudest ever Monday night. We were roasting marshmellows behind the cabin, Sommer thought she saw shadows and I heard noises. They discovered the raccoon and I wouldn't leave the patio porch (we roasted marshmellows while it was light outside the second night.)