Wow, have been really busy in the past week. Enjoyed a great time with Martijn in Amsterdam, A busy info-packed stop in Berlin, and an awesome couple of days in Ireland. I will try to fill you in on what has been happening.
After Budapest, we went to Prague in the Czech Republic. Prague is a great city and is very well preserved when compared to other cities in Europe as it was not damaged by WWII. It has some really great sites to visit which included a castle(see the great hall in picture below), the Charles Bridge which is lined with statues, and one of the most interesting sites for me was in the Jewish quarter. Inside the now depopulated quarter, there is a very crowded grave yard (unrelated with WWII I think), and it is really an interesting site. The graves are said to be up to 12 deep, and the gravestones are just as crowded and all in different angles. A strange site, but a popular pilgrimage site for the Jewish community.
Berlin was great, we were only there for one full day but we made the most of it. First off I have to say, the fabled German efficiency is from my experience quite true. They have there buses on a schedule for each stop, and they are on time. We went on a free walking tour and got to see many of the important sites or should I say WWII and Communist Era sites as I know there is much more to Germany than these two periods. We were able to see Checkpoint Charlie, Hitlers Bunker (or the car park that is on top of it), the controversial Jewish memorial (no one really knows what it means, and a chemical used to make the memorial graffiti proof was manufactured by the company that made gas for the gas chambers), and many other sites. I wish we had more time to see Germany (sorry Uncle Chris),but what we saw of Berlin and the countryside was beautiful. We stayed in a hostel owned by a New Zealand guy and it was really nice, one night we had eight Canadians in the 11 bed dorm. We also ate at the near-by New Zealand restaurant and got Kiwi burgers that had slices of beet on them and they were surprisingly good.