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Published: August 2nd 2011
After the shock I got from the Gothic bar the night before I slept in a little bit then got breakfast and then met up with Derrick and we went and met under Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate for the start of the free tour. There were about 150 people at the meeting point for the free walking tours. I wasn’t sure how good it would be if we were on the tour with everyone but it turned out great as they had several tour guides and separated us into groups of about 40. Our tour guide was a British guy and he was great (he also hated the French as we found out)! The tour was free, but it is tip based and you give what you think is deserved; the tour guides really have to earn their money. The tour guide conveyed the history in a very interesting and theatrical way and he just kept you hooked on with tour. The tour lasted 4 hours and we saw everything from Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin wall, the bunker where Hitler shot himself (it’s now a parking lot so people can’t rally around it), museum island, and more! At the end of the
tour he got a fabulous applause from all of us since apparently I wasn’t the only one who liked his tour!
Derrick and I walked back to the Hostel and we passed a Birkenstock store, I had seen a style that a girl was wearing on my Tour of Turkey that I loved and she said she had gotten hers in Germany since they were cheaper. So I went in and they had the style I wanted in a rainbow of colors! I wanted a leather strapped one, but I saw one that was on display and it was scuffed up and it didn’t look very good, so I decided against the leather one since I wanted my purchase to look good for years after I buy them! I got a very pretty cream colored strap and boy are they light and comfortable!
We had planned to do a bar crawl as well that night but upon arriving to the meeting point for it we saw about 75 other people planning to go and that is just too many people to actually have fun. So we didn’t buy a ticket and instead found a nice bar that was
along the river, it was very relaxing since you could sit in a lawn chair and the bar would serve you right down by the river! I had a beer that was mixed with sparkling grapefruit juice, now I know that sounds very disgusting but it was delicious! The Germans also mix their beers with a raspberry syrup from a jar and this green stuff (the green stuff not so much, ewww).It was a fabulous night at just the right temperature out and the river was so pretty we had a great time just being there.
We walked back to the hostel with beers in hand (it’s still so weird to be able to do that), and ended up going to a Nargile bar close to the hostel where I introduced Derrick to Nargile and backgammon! I don’t think he enjoyed backgammon much since he told me the rules of play weren’t like how he would like them, I told him tough luck! It’s not for everyone I guess!
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