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text 2018-09-24 18:36
Reading progress update: I've read 140 out of 192 pages.
Top 10 Berin 2018 - Jürgen Scheunemann

Here's the book and postcard haul:

 

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text 2018-09-23 17:11
Reading progress update: I've read 139 out of 192 pages.
Top 10 Berin 2018 - Jürgen Scheunemann

 

Top pic:

L to R, back row: Berlin Bear, Ranga and Koo, Stella, Zara, Webster Browser, Mervyn.

L to R, front row: Alison, Sally.

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text 2018-09-23 11:44
Reading progress update: I've read 138 out of 192 pages.
Top 10 Berin 2018 - Jürgen Scheunemann

Ok, here's a more detailed account of yesterday.

 

I got going from the hotel moderately late and arrived at Alexanderplatz ~10.15 where a queue was aready forming for the viewing platform on the TV Tower; I'm pretty sure I waited longer at the Empire State building, though. Just over 200 m up and extensive views over Berlin and the surrounding area. Photos aplenty but I'm not very hopeful - pics through glass often don't work well.

 

After that I wandered over to Berliner Rathaus, then Nikolaikirche which claims to be the oldest building in Berlin and has very photogenic twin spires and on to Berliner Dom, which I bought a ticket for. A service was in progress. I always feel uncomfortable being a tourist in a place of worship when actual worship is going on, so I was glad to get going up the stairs out of sight and no longer be a possible cause of disturbance.

 

There's several "attractions" - seems like not quite the right word - including the crypt, a balcony allowing a view up to the spectacular main dome and down to the floor of the church and a museum area that incudes several scale models of church buildings. The best part is the "Dome Walk", though, especially the outside part. Photo-blitz!

 

After that it was time to go back to Wittenburgplatz, have a last currywurst mit pomme frites, bitte and get a taxi to the airport. Bye-bye, Berlin! It was tremendous, exhausting fun.

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text 2018-09-22 21:39
Reading progress update: I've read 137 out of 192 pages.
Top 10 Berin 2018 - Jürgen Scheunemann

Got back alive; did lots of stuff; took over 800 photos on the trip. More details tomorrow; too tired tonight!

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text 2018-09-21 20:50
Reading progress update: I've read 136 out of 192 pages.
Top 10 Berin 2018 - Jürgen Scheunemann

A few bonus experiences:

 

A couple of people shooting a bad video to a bad song on the steps of the Alte National Museum; a woman doing a handstand in front of a side entrance to Marienkirche while her friend photographed her; four teen girls formation dancing badly to a worse pop song they were playing in Alexanderplatz.

 

People = weird!

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