“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” –Mark Twain
It’s no secret I love to travel. Often I find myself returning to familiar places (Italy…) or in a familiar city but finally really discovering all that it has to offer (such as my last 2 week in Paris). I even find new things to do each time I’m in Rome, no matter that I’ve visited that city for more weeks than I care to count (and will add another week to that long list in September).
But what is truly a great experience is to find yourself in a whole new city — nay, a whole new COUNTRY. Well. Here I am in Berlin. I’ve never stepped foot in Germany before today and now I’ve went and gone on a 3.5 hour guided walking tour of the city seeing all the major sites and (re-)learning the city’s history (started at Brandenburg Gate and ended in the middle of Museum Island). It is really an amazing experience. I can’t say I speak the language well, and I didn’t have a map until my hotel receptionist handed one to me, and I don’t eat pork though many of the meats sold by street vendors and in restaurants most likely include pork (can you say “currywurst”?). But I’m loving it. I love the experience, if anything. Does Berlin make on to the list as one of my favorite cities? Well… we’ll see, won’t we.