After breakfast at the hotel we were out to brave the weather. Jac was feeling pretty homesick this morning so what better way to forget her troubles then heading out for a free walking tour.
As soon as we were out of the hotel the temperature was freezing. Well actually it was less then freezing. It was snowing and overcast with a biting wind. I even had a jacket on but I was fine. Jac struggled to function but knowing what Berlin means to me she soldiered on and didn't complain. It's things like that that make me love her even more. So wrapped up and all puffy she pushed on and accepted that everyone else would be feeling it as much as her.
As punctual as usual, we missed the walking tour pickup at the hotel so had to hightail it to the starting point by ourselves. We navigated our way through the snow and arrived in time with a crowd of a few hundred. This was the biggest walking tour we had seen from all the ones we've done, and as a result they split us up into 4 groups. Our guide was from Australia, as were half the tour. Is there anyone left back there?
We saw Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, a Nazi building (Luftwaffe headquarters), the Reichstag, Hitlers Bunker (which is now a car park) and the square where Germany had the book burning amongst other stops. Once again Sandemans has produced the best of tours and it all comes down to their guides.
Once it was over we headed off to a few Xmas markets. They are a lot of fun and the sights and smells are better than we imagined. The big problem is they have amazing food so we just ate and ate and then decided to eat some more. The other drama is getting Jac away from mulled wine.
We did have one big pain in the arse later in the day. Jac was trying on some jeans, just for fun, and noticed that her shoes had split on one of the seams. Snowy weather is not conducive to walking round in split shoes, or no shoes, so we had no choice but to buy a new pair. It wasn't an option either to do it cheaply because of where we are or what we are doing. So off to the North Face store to get her sorted. I'm sure you can all imagine her disappointment at new shoes but is money we just had to spend. Up yours Helly Hansen, I'll sort you out. May be a trip into the city for you, sorry Paula.
By then it was getting late so back to the hotel. We stopped at the station and I came across the drink of the Gods, Jim Beam! I grabbed a bottle and a 500ml coke. When we got back to the room I mixed it in the bottle and down to the lobby for some wifi and Jacs mulled wine. I feel like a teenager hiding it from the hotel. I'm felling pretty good but looking forward to a hot shower to warm the bones.
Tomorrow we are doing a death camp tour. Will be sad but it is a part of history and something that has to be done. Unfortunately not Auschwitz but that will be for another trip. I could really live in Berlin. It has something that I love and maybe down the track we could settle for a while. Wish we had of booked more time here.