Today was a productive day. I went to two different museums, one was about the Jewish population and their history in Germany and the second one was more of a open museum, which was a look at the ‘Topografie des Terrorsr’. We also went to Checkpoint Charlie, which was kind of boring as it was a wooden shed. It was interesting as there was a lot of ‘background information’ that had seemed hidden that I found out in the Jewish museum, and a lot of images that ‘spooked’ me out. Apart from that today was a good day. Played lots of pool and table tennis, and found what little Internet time I could to contact some friends. My time here has been a good experience. I would advise people who get the opportunity to go on the work experience. The placement is good, I have learnt a lot about the affects available on the camera, and will use it in the future video productions. I like the people that I am staying with, and would like to go on other trips like this.
Today was a very interesting day. We went to the Jewish Museum and I can say that that is a real highlight of all the trip. I am from Berlin and never went there before, but also I didn’t know much about Jewish culture. Now I do:D. The weather was good today so we had a long walk from Checkpoint Charlie and the Topografie des Terrors. It was very interesting and funny, cause there were a lot of tourists! The English group is very funny and very kind. After Checkpoint Charlie and Topografie des Terrors (Checkpoint Charlie is an old border control between west and east sectors of Berlin, and Topografie des Terrors is in the ruins of the old GESTAPO central what means secret state police (Nazi Secret Service) and in that house many people were tortured), so we went for a Doener Kebab in Kreuzberg. Kreuzberg is a very active district, where about 200.000 Turkish people live. The Kebab was not very good, but still okey. The Jewish museum was not the only highlight on the day. Two of the English students, Josh and Angela cooked tonight. It was good, they just needed three hours to prepare meatballs or it might have been Pasta Bolognese. Now everybody is relaxing, but Doug has forbidden me from talking to the girls, he is really evil!
Today, while you lot back home were sitting around sunning yourselves this Bank Holiday weekend I was lucky enough to be with ten students from Ealing College in the fabulous city of Berlin. As it was Sunday and Foot Locker was closed we decided instead to begin our day’s visits at the aptly named Checkpoint Charlie. The historic significance of this of this area was not lost on the party despite it looking like an NCP car park barrier. We followed this with a quick trip to the “Topografie des Terrors” which, unfortunately, failed to fully live up to its promise and although historically important and poignant left us rather less than terrified. We were however hungry by now so we took a walk over to the Turkish district where we had quite possibly the best kebabs in Berlin, maybe even in all Germany or the world itself! Then again, maybe not. Nathan quite sensibly had sweet and sour noodles from the Chinese next door. Still onward and upward. Next stop the Jewish Museum which was well worth a visit both for the architecture and the exhibits, if not the frighteningly high levels of security. A brisk walk back to the station had everyone sufficiently knackered which, with hindsight, was a mistake as the students were cooking dinner tonight. The three hour wait for spag-bol at least meant everyone was hungry enough not to worry too much about the quality, which wasn’t actually bad but the true test will come tomorrow morning. Well all is quiet on the eastern front now everyone except your chronicler is safely tucked up in bed and it’s only one in morning, so till next time.
Sunday 27th April