Sunday in BerlinSunday started with a walk around Berlin. Justin and I were originally planning to break off when the Taylors did to check out a church service with them, but decided we would actually get more out of the walk. So we changed plans. The walk was really cool. I enjoyed seeing Berlin--it's a very pleasant city, and pleasant walking city-- and enjoyed the absolutely beautiful weather. We saw the square where an early conspirator against Hitler was shot, the Brandenburg Gate, the square where the Nazis did their bookburnings, and an old part of town.
Around lunchtime, we broke and were free for the day. Justin and I, Rob, Chris, John, and Will left and got lunch on the way to visit a concentration camp near Berlin called Sachsenhausen. We rode the train for a while and enjoyed talking with a nice Norwegian family who was amused (as I was) at Rob, Chris, Will, and John, sleeping in their seats in a row. We took a wrong turn when we got to our stop, though, and ended up walking for a long time through a small town that was really nice. It kind of felt like America. After an hour, we took a bus back into town and walked the right way this time, and found the camp.
The camp was a sad, brutal place. It seemed kind of unreal, because there were just pictures and no people and the day was so beautiful. Several of the buildings had been converted into museums, and they had markers and a map that explained things. I am glad to have gone. I have a lot of pictures and will hopefully someday put them up.
It was a good day. Spending so much time outside on a beautiful day was really good for me.
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