Today started off with presentations on Kreuzberg, Anhalter Bahnhof, Humboldt Universitat, Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstrasse and maybe a couple more.
I got the most out of the Anhalter Bahnhof presentation, maybe because I had been hearing about it for days. It was Becky's presentation and she had been talking about it all week :) It used to be the main train station in Berlin until the new one was built. Then this one was used mostly for trains heading south out of the country. During the second world war it was used to send Jews to concentration camps across Europe. It was bombed by the Americans and British. Kind of cool how it ties into our Jews in Berlin topic!
After our crepes we decided to head to the synagogue. Nick went back to the hostel to work on homework so it was just Thomas, Becky and me. In all honesty, the synagogue was kind of a bust. We learned that it was bombed and then rebuilt and then purposely bombed again. Some parts of the original synagogue have been found among the rubble. The part that used to be the worship area was never rebuilt. You can look outside and see where it was, but it is no longer there. We went up into the dome, where there wasn't much other than a great view. There were boards with different buildings you could see in the skyline and we worked really hard to find all of them!
When we got back to the hostel, it was somewhat early. The other groups were still out seeing things for their topic, but because we had done so much the day before we didn't have that much to do today. Nick, Becky and I went across the street to get currywurst. 2 currywurst plus fries for 3,20 euros. Oh yeah. It was delicious and filling and overall amazing. I was super stoked.
Anderson had offered to go to a cafe or somewhere with whoever wanted to just sit around and talk in german. It ended up being Dustin, Sara, Nick, Krzysztof, Becky and myself, well and Anderson. We found a place to sit outside at a cafe/restaurant and had a drink and some of the group had food. We talked about random stuff, laughed, and just had a great time. Becky and I got ice cream on the way back :) We love our ice cream. Anderson, Nick and Krzysztof decided they were going to go to a bar. Becky and I went back to our room. And I'm pretty sure I fell asleep early... again. Becky kind of hated me for that...
Happy: crepes and ice cream
Crappy: it was cold and windy and the synagogue wasn't nearly as cool as I had hoped
Lots of love from Germany!!