Berliner Currywurst. Heaven on a plate. Had two of these since the last time I blogged. It's basically a large sausage covered in curry sauce. So good. Had the first last night and it was served with chips. Had some proper German beer with it to wash it down. One of the best meals I've had since I've been away. Had my second helping of the traditional German meal a few hours ago near the Brandenburg Gate from a small kiosk stand.
This hostel is actually too nice. Bed's are so comfy that I didn't bother getting up until 9:30 despite a fairly early night. First thing I did was was walk back to Berlin's central station and reserved a couchette on a night train from Berlin to Budapest on Thursday night. It leaves around 6ish in the evening and arrives the next morning at about 8. A couchette is basically a bed, only smaller and you have to share the cabin with perhaps 4 or 6 other people. It only cost €14 on top of the InterRail ticket, cheaper than most hostels.
Next I saw the main Berlin sights, the Reichstag, Brandenburg gate and the Victory Memorial. The Victory Memorial had a lookout balcony so I climbed that (so funny, everyone was so tired on the way up) and got a nice view of the city. The Brandenburg gate and the odd remains of the Berlin wall you see scattered around the city feel so historical and overwhelming at times. Seeing the remains and evidence of monumets and walls that seperated the world for so many years, seperated political ideologies, seperated families, wealth and created a east and west divide creates a feeling impossible to describe. London is an historical city but this recent German history is so huge and fairly recent and yet those times and so vastly different to the times of today in Berlin, that it is quite overwhelming and so powerful.
Tomorrow I will be checking out some of Germany's famous museums and have the Hertha Berlin game to look forward to in the evening. For now, I will grab some food and see what the evening brings.