First Few Days in Berlin- Initial Thoughts

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Our travel group checked into the hotel last night for a 10 night stay. I have been traveling through London, Paris and Berlin with my parents in preparation for this trip which will be a month-long study abroad trip in Paris and Berlin through the University of Arizona. Now that I have explored this metropolis a little bit, I have a few thoughts I would like to share. First of all, Berlin is extremely spread out. With everything I had heard about the history of Berlin as the bustling capital of Germany I had expected a city similar to New York. I expected action at very turn and an innumerable amount of people but instead Berlin has turned out to be a fun and relatively quiet city. Don't get me wrong, there is still plenty of hustle and bustle; such as the Berliner Trodelmarkt where I purchased a twin lens camera or Alexanderplatz which is where our group is staying. Another observation I have had is the amount of new buildings. Berlin is a city in Europe with the same great history as many of the other famous metropolitan areas such as Paris or London but it has far less classic architecture. Many of the older buildings are currently under construction and walking through the streets of Berlin currently gives the impression of quite a bit of infrastructure rehabilitation or construction. Many of the older buildings were destroyed during the bombings of WWII which left an interesting juxtaposition of new and old on the streets of Berlin. My first impressions of Berlin is a quaint city that leaves much history to learn and places to see.