I want to start this week’s travel article off with the most accurate quote I could ever muster up in this chaotic head of mine…
“Ich bin ein Berliner.”
Now, when JFK said this, I’m sure he didn’t know that he was referring to a delicious, jelly-filled donut, but I have got to give the guy some credit, because I too want to be a Berliner. Sure, I’d settle for being a jelly-filled donut, but I would also settle for living in Germany’s capital for some time.
To follow my JFK introduction, I will say that I did have a Berliner and they were outstanding, which doesn’t mean much coming from me, because donuts are like my religion.
Besides having donuts all day, I had the most splendid adventures that anyone can have. I had only planned two events to happen and I ended up being able to double it, and that makes for a great, successful, and productive day.
My first stop was at Checkpoint Charlie. I only have limited information on this location, but I am pretty positive that this is where the crossing point between West and East Berlin was, and was the name given to Western Allies for this point.
Next, I went to the Rittersport Factory. Oh. M. Gee. I am not a crazy chocolate lover, but I do have an attraction to Rittersport chocolate; it’s just so unlike any other chocolate that I’ve ever had.
So, when I went to the factory, I was in awe. It’s the most colorful place I’ve ever been to and I’ve never been to Hershey, Pennsylvania, but the whole block smelled like chocolate and that’s what I imagine Hershey is like.
Then, after I went to fulfill my chocolate cravings, I made my way down to the Bradenburg Gate. It was such a lovely day, the sun was out which is not typical for Germany, and everyone was enjoying the world on this lovely Easter weekend.
Lastly, I went to the Berlin Wall Memorial. I don’t know what it was about it but I got this overwhelming sense of emotion when I was standing in front of it. I think when you realize things are realer than what is in a history book, it brings something out of you. At least that’s what it did for me.
So, before I go, I wanted to say HAPPY EASTER! I hope everyone has a blessed and spring-filled day with chocolate bunnies and confetti eggs.
Come frolic through my fairytale life as I head to the Sleeping Beauty Castle next week…remember when I was supposed to do that but went to Frankfurt? It’s really happening now…