The second day of our trip was all about sightseeing. We took a train to the main station and then sat next to the river Spree to have breakfast. Afterwards we started our discoveries in the government district: Walking by the Bundestag (Parliament) and all associated buildings with the offices from the deputies. The next stop was the famous Brandenburg Gate, which was built at the end of the 18th century and is a national symbol, as well as one of the main landmarks in Berlin. As all the other tourists, we used the chance for a little photo session before we continued our tour to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. This monument was built about 10 years ago to remember the Jewish victims of the Holocaust during the Third Reich. Between 1939 and 1945 an estimated number of 6 million Jews were killed in the genocide by the Nazi Regime. At the memorial site we felt the heaviness and oppressive silence between the blocks of stone which resemble a graveyard. It was an opportunity to address the history of Germany and expand our knowledge by exchanging our thoughts. We also visited the East Side Gallery. This is an open air memorial with a length of one kilometre that consists of about hundred paintings from artists from all over the world on the east side of what used to be the Berlin Wall. This wall was built to separate West Berlin from East Berlin and often referred to as the "Wall of Shame". It was built in 1961 and demolished in 1989. At the time, Germany was divided into two parts: the German Democratic Republic (German: DDR) in the East and the Federal Republic of Germany (German: BRD) in the West. The wall divided the whole city of Berlin in two parts on a length of 155 kilometres and constituted a strict border, which was intended to prevent people from the East from entering the West.
The last stop of the day was Alexanderplatz, a public square and lively place with lots of department stores around. More than 360,000 people visit the square every day. On the day of our visit, there was an international food market where we could taste fresh juice, tacos, fried bananas and Zuckerwatte. After this long day, we all left Berlin with a lot of new impressions and food for thought but most of all with shared memories of a great trip as a team that we will never forget.
ASA team Black Academy 2023: Ann Kristin, Bella, Dylan, Ella, Gildas & Marie