It was way cheaper to travel from Krakow, Poland, have a “stop over” in Berlin via Polskibus, and then a flight to Madrid via Ryanair… than to fly direct from Krakow to Madrid. So, in true backpacker-budget-traveler fashion, we did the cheaper option and bought us a day trip to Berlin, Germany! I love Berlin. It has a hipster vibe, but even more than that, there’s a feeling of optimism in the air. After the past century that Berlin has had, you can definitely feel the uplifting vibe in the air as if they’re exclaiming to the world, this is our time!
Berlin has been through a lot. Like, A LOT. Understatement of the century! Financial, emotional, and physical devastation. We took a walking tour and learned a ton about what the city (and country) has been through. Did you know that all German children in the school system are required by law to visit a concentration camp? I didn’t know that, but I think it’s amazing they have to do that. Germany is one of the only countries that has taken responsibility for when they’ve done an absolutely terrible thing. I can think of a certain country who should follow suit for similar actions (slavery… the mass genocide of Native Americans… can anyone name that country?) Therefore, Germany has my respect for stepping up and doing the right thing. I love Berlin, and I can’t wait to come back for a longer time, next time!