My first week in Berlin was a bit difficult. A mix of jet lag and discomfort made it really hard to take everything in. I was glad that the weather was pretty nice. I did not expect it to be as sunny and as hot as it was.
The first couple of days consisted of learning about the history of Berlin which greatly dove in to the history of the Berlin Wall. We went to a few memorials and different locations of where the wall existed and even saw and touched part of the real wall that stands as a reminder of the past.
At the memorial there is a built structure with pictures of individuals who lost their lives at the site. I was shocked at the amount of children and teenagers that were mentioned and were part of the casualties.
We also visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Seeing the memorial in person, it was quite interesting. I enjoyed seeing the aesthetic of the surrounding vegetation. When you actually walk inside, in between the stones, it is a bit scary, especially in the shady areas. I think it is definitely meant to cause an uncomfortable feeling.
While walking to other sites, we were able to have a few laughs and express other feeling that were not associated with darkness and sadness. Being able to interact with this fountain and play around in it was something I did not know I needed. It felt like a breath of fresh air.