Berlin clearly has loads of history, ranging from some of the best to the worst of humanity. It's a city that is trying to move forward, while honoring the past. To that end, it would have been way too much for me to put it all in one blog post, so I'm dividing the main sights of Berlin into two posts: this one that is generally cheery, and another accesible here featuring loads of info from WW2 through 1989. The posts should be taken in tandem, as they are two very related and important sides of modern-day Berlin.
As for this post, the photo above is as follows: top left: Greg with one of the tourist bears that are all painted differently and scattered across Berlin. Apparently the bear is the animal for the region. The top right is the German Parliament building (Bundestag) which we toured and that will be featured in a separate post. The bottom is the Brandenburg Gate which was built originally in the late 1700's as part of the wall surrounding the city center, and featured on one of the Euro coins.
I recently went back to the US for a whirlwind ten day visit. It was already planned to be a tight schedule with me flying home to San Francisco on a Monday (which ended up being an even longer flight due to stopping in Iceland for a medical emergency), trying to quickly beat jet lag so I could fly to San Diego on Thursday with my mom for a long weekend of wedding planning with my sister and her fiancé, fly back to Oakland the next Monday, and fly back to Munich on Thursday. Turns out my dad was in the hospital for essentially the first half of my trip home, so that made scheduling even tighter and meant I didn't really have any extra time to see many friends; I hope you all forgive me!