• Berlin – (Last) Day Five

    This time last week I was still finishing up my summer work term. Today, I’m getting ready to bid Berlin goodbye.


    Today we stopped in West Berlin, taking a bus to the Kurfurstendamm area and passing by the Gedächtnichkirche and KaDeWe, the mega shopping center.


    It was a lazy morning, so we arrived later on. After lunch, we moved on to the Berlin Zoo, advertised as the zoo with the most species diversity in the world.



    In the two hours we spent there, we were hardly able to cover all of it. So many exhibits and animals were left unvisited. Regardless, it was a beautiful zoo and a great experience.

    After visiting the zoo, myself and two others visited the East Side Gallery – a section of the Berlin Wall which was preserved, containing many iconic paintings, and sadly, excessive graffiti. Regardless, it was fantastic to see.




    I was also able to snag myself a nice new profile picture behind the Wall.

    Behind the Wall

    In the evening, we prepared for Heidelberg by packing and organizing our luggage. Afterward, we went to the main floor of our hostel for drinks, and to get together before we left Berlin completely. We had a great time talking with people from England, Australia, France and even other Canadians! We all got along well, and I was even able to speak French with a few from Montreal and France.

    It is very late, and I am very well done in. Hopefully my alarm wakes me up properly this morning, in time to leave the hostel at 7am to catch our train. This is the final post from the Berlin series.  More to come from Heidelberg!

  • Flight by Night – Train by Day

    Our flight from Halifax to Frankfurt was delayed by almost an hour, but we arrived with time to spare to catch our train to Berlin.

    This was my first flight out of North America, and I found it to be fairly comfortable on our 767. That being said, I was also fortunate that I didn’t have to share my seat with anyone!


    My dreams of free beer on the flight were proven false (€3), but liquor was still available. In nothing but German, I was able to order my first drink: vodka and apple juice.


    It was well mixed, but even with double the pillows I couldn’t manage a restful sleep.

    Frankfurt airport is huge. It is the West Edmonton mall of airports. There are so many services and stores and people, the landing strip even goes over the autobahn! Frankfurt, with the S-Bahn and airport, reminds me of Montreal.

    Once we made it to our ICE train, it was time to make up for over 28 hours of being on the go.


    After some train delays, and a slightly difficult taxi ride, we made it to the hostel, baxpax! We set up our rooms, and the students that had arrived got together for supper at the restaurant downstairs.


    First beer in Germany – check.