Today we started off the day at Mauerpark. It’s a very large park and hanging out there is a popular pastime for locals and tourists. Sundays is a popular time for street musicians, vendors, and others to be set up in the park. It seems that on some level, everyone goes here. The students saw budding fashion designers selling their creations, t-shirt vendors, and even garage-sale type set ups. There was plenty of street food to be tasted as well.
Then we went to the team escape game that was a huge hit! The students had a great time and succeeded in solving the mystery and freed themselves from the locked room. Had they lived in East Berlin before the fall of Communism, we’re sure they would have made it over to the West with no problem.
In order for us to recognize Berlin and eat delicious local food I decided to take the students on a foot tour of Berlin. We met with our local guide that took us to the student quarter of Berlin, there we ate some German stew and then we got to taste some of their famous beers. Later on we went to an ice cream shop, ate pizza, drunk some shoko, went to a bakery and ate burekas (because of the large population of Turks).
If you ask me, and the student would agree, you can understand fully the culture of country through their food. Good food=good time.
Even though it was raining that day, it did not bother us because of the delicious food and the amazing people we met on the way. On the way to one of our stops we got to see an ancient synagogue that during the holocaust, the Nazi’s used it as a car garage. It was amazing to see that even though the Nazis destroyed most of the synagogue, the Jewish community and the government of Berlin got together and restored it in such a beautiful way.
As one of the biggest cities in Europe, the cultural scene in Berlin is a huge part of the experience. In order to emphasize that to the student we took them to see the “Blue Man Group” an alternative show filled of laughter, tears and emotion. At the middle of the show, one of the actress even came to the audience and made them a part of the show. Gil, was even so lucky to be chosen to be stared at for 5 minutes in the middle of the show by one of the actresses. It was beautiful to see the special bond that the show managed to create with Aardvark.
Since the students didn’t have enough Chinese food in China, we decided to go to dinner in the biggest Chinese restaurant in Berlin. After the show we went on a tasting tour of the blue men group- has toured the globe with their “Megastar World Tour”, a rock concert parody, appeared on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship The Epic, released five albums, contributed to a number of film scores, performed with orchestras around the US, and appeared in advertising campaigns for prominent brands.