|Doin' laundry in Berlin|
If you were following my entries, you probably noticed they were a little rough, and the spelling kept getting worse and worse. Well, trying to post entries from your smart phone when you have to type one letter at a time and your internet connection keeps going out on you was a bit of a challenge. Also, trying to find time to sit and compose these little messages when you are on the move and tired, sharing your room with people who want to sleep, or having to leave in half an hour to find something to eat made it tough as well. So I kind of gave up once we got to Berlin... sorry, but it made the rest of my trip a lot easier.
|At The Circus|
The first night, after a six-hour train ride, we were tired and just took a cab to our hostel (we're pretty sure the cabbie took the scenic route). Our hostel was a wild, bohemian place appropriately named The Circus.
|En route to Alexanderplatz|
At the Brandenburg Gate
the night before President Obama's speech
A portion of the Berlin Wall
remaining on Bernauerstrasse
From a painting by
Caspar David Friedrich
Paul takes a shot
at the Ishtar Gate
I learned many things I will never forget on this trip --
- how huge Martin Luther's influence still is, and how large his presence is still, especially there in Wittenberg
- how even the legendary German transportation system can get tripped up by a natural disaster
- how different people can be in their response to foreigners, some irritated and others ready to drop everything to help you out
- how much beauty there is in Germany, its fields and mountains, its ancient architecture, and its people's efforts to live responsibly on this planet
- how great it is to go off and spend quality time with family members
- how much I missed my family members who couldn't come
- how great it is to have a home to come back to, and people you love.
- how large this world of ours is, how unpredictable every day, and how our good God blesses us all in different ways with the same love and grace.