I dealt with a whole new level of jet-lag on this trip. The plane leaving Delhi departed at 2:50am. Yes, you read that right. And apparently that’s a common time because the airport was packed with other bleary-eyed, vaguely-confused people like me. I had a quick 2 hour nap the day before, little sleep on the 8+ hour flight to Vienna, and nothing on the short hop from Vienna to Berlin. In Berlin we had to get right to work to maximize our time. Our brains were a bit fried, but we made the best of it.
Luckily, after an action-packed, whirlwind 3 days we finally had a little time to ourselves to sightsee. I’ve been to Germany before, but never Berlin. Our translator took us around to see some of the highlights, including the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie. We also visited the Reichstag Building, seen here reflected in a well-placed rain puddle-
The Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom)-
After seeing the Brandenburg Gate, we had lunch near Hackesche Höfe, where there are a series of beautiful interior courtyards all linked together.
This old man was playing his accordion outside the restaurant
But there were hidden little surprises down every street. In Potsdam I found an old building with Cold War tilework panels around the first level. The building was blocked with construction barricades, but I snuck in to get a closer look. Each panel was about 10 feet high. There were mig jets, rocket launches, and archaic 70s-era computers. But my favorite was this Russian Cosmonaut with his CCCP helmet.
All of these images were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, and I was mainly using a wide angle 16-35mm lens.