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Published: December 15th 2014
Hello everyone! Hope you are all well!
So, as I mentioned last time, Germany is keeping me busy! This weekend was the trip to Berlin.
On Friday morning we met at the University and took a coach for 5 hours to the German capital. In the afternoon we went into the centre and had a scavenger hunt. You will be pleased to know that my team were crowned the winners, despite us having spent the least time completing it!
I was told a funny story about one of the groups - my housemate Rodrigo was trying to answer the question "How many types of Coffee are there in Germany", and so he went in to a Café and was about to ask a lady - when one of his team members stopped him, as it was the German Chancellor - Angela Merkel! Unfortunately I did not see her, but I did see her house...some consolation.
After the hunt we went to a restaurant for a meal, and then I went with half of the group to the Reichstag (the German Parliament) where you can go onto the roof and see views of the
Our group outside the Reichstag
On Saturday we got back on the coach and were taken on a three hour tour of the city seeing most of the sights. After the tour ended we were free for the afternoon, so I decided to go and visit the bits of Berlin I had missed or had changed since I last saw the city two years ago. This included seeing the sight of Hitler's bunker, the reconstruction of the Berlin Wall and Tempelhof Airport, which is now an open park. I also noticed an epic flag shop on the city tour in the morning, however when i went to the shop at 3:00 it was already closed....pity because it was seriously epic.
On Sunday we visited Charlottenburg Palace, where some of the Kings of Prussia used to live in Summer. We then left the city and came back to Bremen. It was a good trip, but cold!
Back in Bremen the work at Uni is getting harder...a number of presentations are coming up, but its not so bad. Last weekend I went to Heide Park, which is the German Equivalent of Thope Park (they even have the
same logo). As it was the last day of opening before it closed for the winter, it was pretty quiet, so we got on all the rides very fast.
This week was also good, as I received the first of my Erasmus payments (essentially an extra grant for covering extra costs of living abroad, funded by the EU) which was £780 - very nice!
Next week is the International Day, where we shall bring a taste of Britain to Bremen...literally - we are planning to make some scones for the Germans. Next weekend is also the beginning of the Christmas Markets....Although all shops have Christmas decorations already out, and so do some houses!
I will let you know soon about the next exciting events in my German Adventures!
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