Ahhhh, Berlin. the land of impossibly cool architecture and tragic history.

It was so fun to be in Germany. My mother served a 18mo church mission in Munich almost 40 years ago, so it was really cool to see how she could still speak a little bit of Deutsch! I also took two years of German in high school, so obviously i'm basically fluent. Hallo. Ich bin Emma. okay thats about all i got.

In addition to having a ton of incredible architecture, Berlin is home to a lot of graffiti. It's rich in culture and home to a fairly young generation. If you ask my mother, Berlin feels like a whole different country than her pretty, clean, orderly Munich.

On our first day, we went to a poster store as per Sarah Kay's recommendation. It was so awesome to see a lot of really cool books and letter-pressed and silkscreen posters. Some how i left empty handed, but it was worth going. for sure. We ended up just wandering around, and came upon the Branderburg Gate. We also happened to be in the city the same week as the 2015 UEFA Championship Final was happening in Berlin. So lots of soccer stuff and foreign presidents in town. fun.

We were low key looking for Bratwurst all day when we first arrived, and thought we found some at a grocery story near our apt. But it turns out it was Brockwurst. not Bratwurst. So mom took a break from being vegan for a hot dog. that sure was a good laugh. We later made up for it by getting Bratwurst with curry sauce on them. Currywurst are all the rage these days. don't say i didn't warn ya.

anyways. here are some pictures.

^^go ahead, try and convince me this isn't straight out of a Wes Anderson film. I dare you.

^^the Jewish Museum was one of my favorite places, we even went twice. They had a really powerful and extensive exhibit on the story of Abraham and Issac. They also had the most incredible space, architecturally speaking.

^^our cute apt!  ^^Brandenburg Gate! ^^team top knot post curry-wurst selfie^^^ I also got an opportunity to visit Hort which is a really cool design studio. I want to be them when i grow up. ^^^Afterwards we met up with our former foreign exchange student, Jakob, who made the trip from Dresden to meet up with us. He came with us to Berlin Burger, which Paul discovered on Reddit. can you tell how excited he is to devour all this meat?^^^we made our way to the East Gallery which is the last big chunk of remains from the Berlin wall. it's got some really powerful art work on it.  Jakob took this picture of the Vidmar clan it's the only one of us three thats not some sort of selfie
^^holocaust memorial was also a powerful experience. i highly recommend ^^river cruise. 10/10 would recommend. We got the Berlin pass, which was great because we did the good ole' double decker touristy busses and got to see so much sweet architecture. I also HIGHLY recommend the River cruise, it's a whole different angle of the city and so so pretty/relaxing after a long day on your feet.


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