Michelle Harris arrived on Thursday afternoon. I was glad of the company, even if she did wake me up.
We went out for dinner that night at Cafe Prenzlauer for quintessential Berlin food and walked around a bit afterward.
The next morning, (Friday) Michelle and I got up early and walked down to Alexanderplaetze to take photos.
3 churches, the TV tower, some fountains and a museum later, our feet began to complain.
We made our way back to the hotel expecting to have time for showers and naps before Professor Freeman and the other students arrived.
Imagine our horror when we walk into our room and not only have the others arrived but we are expected downstairs in 15 minutes!
We were treated to a meeting with Ian Johnson, Wall Street Journal Berlin Bureau chief, Pulitzer winner and UF graduate. Too bad most of us were half asleep! He talked about how he got his job in a foreign bureau and what possibilities there might be for us to crack the competition.
Then we went to the Bernaur Wall Park. I still can’t fully grasp what happened in this city, but the pictures and stories gave me the same quiet, sick feeling that I get from any account of human atrocities (the Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia…).
We took a tram to â€œPrater Biergartenâ€ for a dinner of sausages and beer. On the walk home my ankles finally went numb. Huzzah for scalding hot showers!