At 11am yesterday, 14 Americans clambered onto 14 cruisers and set off through the city. Our American guide Marielle was funny and friendly, and took us to some cool, off the beaten path spots.
- Commie architecture
- a segment of the Berlin wall known as the East Side Gallery (the longest section left standing at about 1 kilometer)
- the Soviet War Memorial
- a watchtower in a park that used to be part of the “Deathstrip” or “No Man’s
- the Karl-Marx-Allee
- lunch at a Turkish hole in the wall
- a squat called Koepi
After the tour, Professor Freeman told us about a carnival that was taking place in a different neighborhood of the city. There was some discussion within a faction of the group about ditching the carnival and going after hot showers instead. But we were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Points for adventurousness began to melt away as we were led through a park whose occupants looked to be selling happiness in powder, pill or plant form.
When we emerged from the trail of drug dealers, there was a clearing of pathetic little rides and bored carnies. And mud. And soon, rain. The most depressing carnival on earth.