Hi everyone! I’m back from Berlin. Well, I got back on Sunday, but I’ve been recuperating and catching up on work since then.
I’m going to be up front. I never got a chance to try out any vegan restaurant. I was with a few colleagues (who were all carnivores) and we ended up at a lot of restaurants that served traditional German food like Schnitzel and Streudel. Luckily, mostly every restaurant had a vegan/vegetarian option. Most of the time, it was pasta. So my eating in Germany wasn’t really anything too exciting.
However, the trip was lots of fun, and I wanted to share some photos with everyone.
I was in Berlin to host a joint press conference with the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (my employer), Delta Air Lines, Georgia Tourism and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The airport is opening a new international terminal on May 16. The press conference took place at ITB, which is the largest travel trade show in the world.
To get an idea of the size and scope of this conference – it takes up about 25 buildings in one of the largest convention complexes in the world. Destinations, Airlines, tour companies, hotels, etc. spend oodles of money. Emirates Airlines build a three-story globe to showcase their on-board showers and new first class offerings. The top two levels are for schmoozing top tier customers.
So after the conference, we had a little time for some sightseeing. First, we went to the Brandenburg Gate.
Then we visited a portion of the Berlin Wall right around the corner from the hotel.
I also took some time to visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The memorial is supposed to give a feeling of anxiety and confusion, similar to what the Jews felt during the Holocaust. It’s really more of a lunch spot where teenagers play hide and seek. I was more anxious a teenager was going to run me over. But, underneath the memorial is a museum about the Holocaust. It would be a whole other blog post to describe.
We attempted to climb to the top of the dome on the Reichstag, but apparently you need to make a reservation days in advance.
Finally, no trip to Germany would be complete without Beer!
Also, can anyone tell me what the heck the first icon is doing in this warning I found in the bathroom?