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SteveZegers
09-23-2006, 12:05 PM
All jet-lagged to pieces, but I'm here. It's kinda hard to make any real assessment since I'm a little punchy from lack of sleep.

Seems really nice so far. It's super-clean and everyone has been really friendly. I hope to get some sleep and get to see a bit more of the city tomorrow.

SteveZegers
09-23-2006, 12:12 PM
I'm not usually one to post in my own thread like this, but the tv here only has two english channels, both news. I tried watching Malcom in the Middle in German, but it just wasn't the same.

I did see a copy of "Torso" on the shelf at a book store, in German. (See, I tied it into Bendis!)

TRILL, THE CARBON BASED LIFEFORM
09-23-2006, 12:17 PM
Do you speak any German? If you do, do they seem happy if you make an effort? Just curious.

NickT
09-23-2006, 12:18 PM
What are the English channels, out of curiosity?

jza1218
09-23-2006, 12:24 PM
See any Nazis yet?

SteveZegers
09-23-2006, 12:26 PM
Do you speak any German? If you do, do they seem happy if you make an effort? Just curious.
No, not a word. I try to use the basics, like "Danka" (sp?) if I buy something. I also make a point to be really polite and smile with everyone. Just doing my part to avoid being a sterotypical New Yorker/American.

SteveZegers
09-23-2006, 12:28 PM
What are the English channels, out of curiosity?
CNN, which seems to repeat all it's programming every couple of hours. (Which I know from seeing something, leaving, and coming back to the exact same stories. Don't want anyone to think I came all the way here to sit in my hotel watching CNN)

And the other is some European news channel. I'm not sure what it's called. I was expecting the BBC (I like watching BBC world news, even at home), but it's not offered.

NickT
09-23-2006, 12:29 PM
No, not a word. I try to use the basics, like "Danka" (sp?)
Danke :)

SteveZegers
09-23-2006, 12:30 PM
See any Nazis yet?
Not that I know of. I have been shoving people and saying "Ya'll know what heppens when you piss off Uncle Sam!", so maybe they're afraid to reveal themselves.

SteveZegers
09-23-2006, 12:36 PM
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SteveZegers
09-23-2006, 12:36 PM
Danke :)
I've seen the Wayne Newton song title listed hundreds of times and yet stil...

Thomas Mauer
09-23-2006, 01:06 PM
Damn, you're here already? Will you still be here in two weeks? I won't be able to make it to Berlin all of next week. :(

SteveZegers
09-23-2006, 01:09 PM
Damn, you're here already? Will you still be here in two weeks? I won't be able to make it to Berlin all of next week. :(
No, just a week. That's too bad, it would have been really cool to meet you in person. I do like your country though. That's gotta count for something!

Thomas Mauer
09-23-2006, 01:30 PM
Aw man... :surrend:

LordKinbote
09-23-2006, 01:36 PM
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I just had a great idea for a comic book. "Adolf Torso From Hell!"

Caley Tibbittz
09-23-2006, 01:44 PM
I just had a great idea for a comic book. "Adolf Torso From Hell!"
I'd buy it. Unless Bendis wrote it.:razz:

mario
09-23-2006, 02:31 PM
You should buy Adolf. It's a very good manga! In fact any comic pictured is a good read

SteveZegers
09-23-2006, 10:05 PM
You should buy Adolf. It's a very good manga! In fact any comic pictured is a good read
Yeah, I was really impressed at the selection. They also had "Lost at Sea", a "Liberty Meadows" collection, and a few collections from DC and Marvel. (As well as a bunch of other stuff I haven't heard of.)

SteveZegers
09-24-2006, 09:54 PM
So for my first full day in Berlin, I decided to do something fun and light!

So I went to a concentration camp!

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp is about 30 minutes outside of Berlin. It wasnít a death camp, it was a forced labor camp mostly for political prisoners. (And this is not to say that many, many people didnít die there. There were incinerators and gun trenches for executions.) It was built right before the í36 Olympics as a place to consolidate the prisoners from smaller secret prisons to keep them hidden from the world community.

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Obviously it was an incredible bummer, but I felt like it was an important thing to see, and when would I ever get the chance again.

Very interesting. Creepy, pretty intense, but interesting.

Then I walked around the rest of the city a bit. The Berlin Marathon was today, so the city was just packed with people. (Including lots of guys in inappropriately short and tight shorts. Yikes!) It was a beautiful day and itís a really pretty city.
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CraigM
09-24-2006, 10:18 PM
So for my first full day in Berlin, I decided to do something fun and light!

So I went to a concentration camp!

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp is about 30 minutes outside of Berlin. It wasnít a death camp, it was a forced labor camp mostly for political prisoners. (And this is not to say that many, many people didnít die there. There were incinerators and gun trenches for executions.) It was built right before the í36 Olympics as a place to consolidate the prisoners from smaller secret prisons to keep them hidden from the world community.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v448/SteveZ/IMG_0053.jpg

Obviously it was an incredible bummer, but I felt like it was an important thing to see, and when would I ever get the chance again.

Very interesting. Creepy, pretty intense, but interesting.

Then I walked around the rest of the city a bit. The Berlin Marathon was today, so the city was just packed with people. (Including lots of guys in inappropriately short and tight shorts. Yikes!) It was a beautiful day and itís a really pretty city.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v448/SteveZ/IMG_0097.jpg
I was just about to ask you if you went to a concentration camp! It reminds me of An Evening with Kevin Smith where he talks about how they went to Germany, and all he wanted to see was a concentration camp, and the conversation he had afterwards. So frickin' hilarious!

Craig

Persevering Guy
09-25-2006, 01:40 AM
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Cool Bendis next to Hitler!!

Actually, we have those Adolf books in my school library (I teach at some high schools). I've looked through them, will read them when I get the time.

Persevering Guy
09-25-2006, 01:44 AM
Hey Steve, are you on business or vacation?

I think you might be the most well travelled person on the board.

Hell, we've met once. I drew a picture of Aquaman about to get eaten by a giant shark in your sketchbook.

JackBauer
09-25-2006, 07:00 AM
You should have come to Munich, it's even nicer than Berlin!

Thomas Mauer
09-25-2006, 07:02 AM
You should have come to Munich, it's even nicer than Berlin!
Pfft. Berlin's become the new cultural center of Germany. You're falling behind down there. ;)

JackBauer
09-25-2006, 07:05 AM
Pfft. Berlin's become the new cultural center of Germany. You're falling behind down there. ;)

Pffft. What abou BAVARIAN culture? ;-)

Thomas Mauer
09-25-2006, 07:09 AM
I just want to start some Prussian-Bavarian beef. ;)

SteveZegers
09-25-2006, 09:41 PM
Kind of over-did it today. I like to walk around a new city as much as possible, but I always end up really far away from my hotel and then have to walk home. Feet hurt real bad!

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Look, the Berlin Wall!

There are times when you can't even imagine that the city had ever been divided, then you see something like this. It's nice to see how well it's blended back together.

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This is from the crypt under the Berliner Dom. (A really beautiful church) I thought this looked like something out of Dracula, then felt a little guilty taking a picture of someone's coffin. I'll get over it.

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This is the view from the top of the Reichstag. You can go up there and get a really nice view of the city. (And it's free, which is nice)

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And the Reichstag. You have to go pretty far away to fit the whole thing into a picture.

Thomas Mauer
09-26-2006, 08:01 AM
There is a double row of light gray, square cobble stone that runs through the city marking where the wall used to be. If you go back to Brandenburger Tor, you won't have problems finding it. Quite cool that they did this.

SteveZegers
09-27-2006, 11:36 AM
Yesterday!

Went Museum-happy. (There are some really cool ones here, and they are really close together)

This is in the Pergamon Museum. It's a fairly complete Roman temple, and all along the preimeter is this battle between the gods and giants. Bit chunks are missing, but the stuff that survived is really amazing.
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And the one I liked even more was the Deutsches Historisches Museum.
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Really well done, it cover the history of the country from prehistory until the reunification. It's really well designed so that you just walk through and see everything in order as you walk through. (Unless you get confused, like me, and end up at WW2 before Otto Von Bismarck.)

Today!

Went to the zoo.
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I know what you're thinking. "Hey dummy! You went all the way to europe to see bears?". Well screw you! I like bears! And it's a really nice zoo!

SteveZegers
09-27-2006, 11:41 AM
Hey Steve, are you on business or vacation?

I think you might be the most well travelled person on the board.

Hell, we've met once. I drew a picture of Aquaman about to get eaten by a giant shark in your sketchbook.
I remember. I was afraid you would think I was a jerk for asking you to draw a superhero. But I like it!

I'm on vacation. I'm really lucky because every year at around this time my dad has a business trip for about a week. It's usually held in some place pretty cool. So I just go along and get to take advantage of a free hotel room. That's the reason I've been able to go to Korea, Japan, China, South Africa, Italy, and here.

It's fun though. He hates traveling by himself, so he's happy to have me along.

SteveZegers
09-28-2006, 11:38 AM
Today! (I don't know if anyone is interested in this any more, but I like writing it up.) Went on a tour to Potsdam. Really nice to see. Close enough to Berlin, but I still felt like I got out of the city.

"Spy Bridge" -Can't imagine that's the real name, but this is where they did a spy exchange between east and west berlin. Beautiful area. It's hard to believe that it was marked up with a giant ugly wall for so long.
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This is where the Potsdam Conference was held. I just read a biography on Truman, so I really wanted to see this. Stalin was the official host, which is why this was there:
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And this is a friendly hot dog-selling cyborg.
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