Friday after class I went with Maren and a classmate, Heidi, to the botanical garden. It's a surprisingly short walk from my classes, and I'm so glad I went. Here's a few pictures.
I can't resist a lovely patch of lavender.
Some pretty roses and such.
A building in the rose garden. I think it's beautiful with the flowers on the side.
Our buddy the Fantastic Mr. Fox. He was hunting a field mouse.
A little group of wild ducklings.
I've got some crazy eyes going on, but finally a picture of me and Maren.
Inside one of the buildings at the botanical garden. I felt like I was on a jungle safari.
Maren on one of the coolest paths I've ever seen.
Maren posing with some flowers.
The awesome path again.
Observe the wild Maren in her natural habitat.
Once Maren and I do some picture sharing, I'll upload a few more of me at the botanical gardens as a just for fun post. But for now, we continue on to Saturday. On Saturday, Maren and I extended our exploration of the city to Potsdamer Platz. We also experienced a bit of a freak increase in temperature. It's been in the 90s (Fahrenheit, obviously) for the past few days. And therein lies my mistake of the day.
Saturday's Mistake of the Day: I wore jeans to go exploring in 90 degree heat.
But hey, I got some awesome pictures and great experiences to show for it.
Here's a picture looking up in the Sony Center. Maren says they light up the dome at night with different colors, which sounds pretty cool. I'll have to go back in the evening and check it out.
A view of the Holocaust memorial in Berlin (Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas).
They're a lot bigger than they seem. It's very sobering to be in their shadows.
The Brandenburger Tor.
The Monument to Sinti and Roma (Denkmal für die im Nationalsozialismus ermordeten Sinti und Roma Europas). The monument consists of a small, calm pond surrounded by cobblestones, many of which are engraved with the names of concentration and death camps.
The Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten (Sowjetisches Ehrenmal).
The Berlin Victory Column (Berliner Siegessäule).
After all our sightseeing, I got to meet Maren's mom and sister and enjoy a delicious meal with them.
Yesterday (Sunday), I was supposed to meet up with the other study abroad students for a tour of the Reichstag. I was so excited and ready to take some awesome pictures, but my mistake of the day prevented me from actually achieving this.
Sunday's Mistake of the Day: Once again (and quite stupidly) underestimating Berlin's transportation system.
Yeah, you read that correctly. I didn't actually make it to the Reichstag. The first train was totally fine, but I could not for the life of me find the bus stop that I needed to get to the Brandenburger Tor. After hopelessly wandering around and missing the appointment, I decided to stop and have a beer at the first place I saw. It just so happened to be called the Einstein Cafe. Now I'm pretty sure Berlin is just mocking silly old tourist me.
Today was a national holiday, but I still had a class to attend. Also, in case you guys didn't know, I'm in class from 9 to 3 or 3:30 most days, so you can see why I might not update my blog as often as I should. Anyways, that leads me to today's mistake.
Today's Mistake of the Day: Underestimating just how many stores and shops would be closed due to the holiday.
So as a result, I didn't have breakfast, but fortunately I ferreted out a place for lunch and another for dinner. My host family was out of town this weekend, so I had to fend for myself for a bit, but I think I did ok. Anyways, that's been my weekend in a nutshell.