Back from Berlin!

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.

Emirates brings you 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.

Egypt's pyramid of fun

So after the conference, we had a little time for some sightseeing. First, we went to the Brandenburg Gate.

Brandenburg Gate

Then we visited a portion of the Berlin Wall right around the corner from the hotel.

That's probably new graffiti.

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.

Blurry Dark Reichstag

Finally, no trip to Germany would be complete without Beer!

Beer!

Also, can anyone tell me what the heck the first icon is doing in this warning I found in the bathroom?

Why are her knees inverted?!?!
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6 thoughts on “Back from Berlin!

  1. Glad you’re back! Looks like a busy yet still fun business trip. Great pics too…the one of the Holocaust memorial really captures the atmosphere of it. And that pic of the girl and the inverted knees is funny…it looks like she has to pee really badly and is holding it in :p

  2. Great pictures!! Glad you had a nice time. I agree with LuminousVegans about the picture–it’s kinda like she has to pee really bad and they’re warning people to not accidentally pee on the floor, ha!

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