Sunday, May 9, 2010

Afternoon in Berlin

Sunday was a good day to sleep in and rest up from all our travels (international and domestic). We spend the afternoon in Berlin again and went down to the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate to us Americans). Given that is it such a tourist attraction, we heard much spoken English, both from tour guides and travelers. It was nice to hear familiar sounds without straining to catch the meaning! I can start to see why immigrants to a foreign country might really stick together and form cultural neighborhoods and districts. There is something instantly bonding about a shared nationality when you are the alien.

We viewed the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the remnants of the Berlin Wall, and also went to the art museum for a brand new Frida Kahlo exhibit. This is apparently the largest collection of and about her ever put together and it just opened a little over a week ago, so we stood in line for probably an hour before getting into the gallery. People of Berlin must really appreciate fine art and culture!

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