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bridgeandmel’s Travel Diary

Monday, 19 Jun 2006

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

MapTime for the Berlin update! There couldn't have been a better time to visit Berlin that world Cup 2006! The first night we were there Germany played Poland so the place was absolutely crazy! We headed to the fan mile, which was a huge street in the centre of town near the Brandenburg Gate, which was fenced off for soccer fans! There were literally tens of thousands of people there that night and it took us so many attempts before finding an entry that was not already blocked due to the massive crowds. Once we were inside it was such an amazing experience. When germany scored and won the game we were surrounded by thousands of ecstatic weird Germans screaming 'Deutschland'!!! It was fantastic. We sat for hours and watched the funny characters on the street.

The next day we did our Berlin bike tour of all the historical sites. Our guide was very informative and we received an information overload about Germany history! Very intersting. We saw the Reichstag, the tea gardens and nudist garden, War monuments, the Berlin wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Hitlers bunker and many many other sites we would never have found on our own. It was so moving to hear all the horrific WWII stories and see the bullet holes that still remain in most of the buildings around the city. The differences between East and West Berlin are still quite prevalent, as remains of Communism exist everywhere. It was both interesting and harrowing and has definitely sparked our quest to find out more.

That night we went to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert! This was sooooooooooooo amazing! We can't even begin to explain how much fun we had here and how great they were on the night. We just kept looking at each other and saying 'Oh my god, we're at the Chili Peppers in BERLIN' in absolute disbelief!!! The things that you do when you're travelling never cease to amaze. The crowd was fantastic and the statium was an outside amphitheatre! The whole experience was nothing short of awesome. They played mix of old and new songs which we did not stop dancing to and then after the concert, Flea and the guitarist improvised for about 30 minutes. They were so fantastic! Getting home proved to be an issue as all 15,000 people headed to the same train at the same time. Mel and I got separated in the sea of people and Mel got carried onto the 1st train, while I couldn't get in there... it was absolutely crazy. We both thought we were going to get crushed, so dangerous! Anyways, we found each other a few stops later..... both a little shaken up about the experience.

The following day we visited the Jewish Museum which was designed by a famous architect and was so amazing in itself. Also the memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe, which was such a moving experience. This place was full of stories of the atrocities committed over the holocaust. Next stop was the East Side Gallery, the longest remaining section of the Berlin wall, which has been painted all over by artists. Very cool. We then went back to hostel to meet up for the infamous BERLIN PUB CRAWL!

Oh wow, we got sooooo messy. After multiple jager shots given to us by a crazy german lady, at least 2 litres of beer, many shots of shnapps, wines, and the strongest cocktails we're ever experienced, we were pretty much distgusting. We have vague memories of requesting Chili Peppers at pretty much every bar and then proceeding to sing in such horrific voices that everyone was staring. You could all imagine. Sweet home Alabama was also on our request list in a bar that pretty played hardcore Berlin techno....I think there were a few unimpressed locals.....haha after our many performances and a long night of drinking we had to go home, of course not without going to Maccas. Such a funny night, Berlin night life is awesome. Wish you were all there!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Berlin was such a fantastic time, so much to do there, and so much to see. We definitely recommend everyone going there! Love you Berlin!! "THE SOUND OF DISCO, BERLIN SAN FRANSICO" hahahhahahahaha. we're still yet to hear that damn song.

The next day we had to get up early again for the bus. This proved to be an issue for Bridge who had CLEARLY drunk waaaaay too much the night before, and couldn't seem to keep in her stomach.... Yes, she spewed on the BUS. But not ONLY on the bus... yet again at the service stop everyone saw Bridge running to the servo with her brown paper bag yelling ''Where is the bathroom, I'm going to spew''. When we arrived in Prague that afternoon though, we were both ready to get back on the beers and had about another litre each. We''re so gross right now. For someone who was saying 'I'm never drinking again'' this was quite an effort.

Next stop Prague!!! xx