How is your summer going? Are you having fun, relaxing and visiting interesting places? I hope you are also READING a lot!
As some of you know, I have spent my summer in Berlin, the capital city of Germany.
It is a big and beautiful city, with an interesting history and lots of things to see and do.
There are big parks full of trees, flowers and birds. The biggest is called "Tiergarten", which means "Animal garden", because it used to be the place where kings went hunting, so there were lots of deer, boars, rabbits and other animals. Now you can see ducks, squirrels, and if you're lucky, even foxes!!
The most famous landmark in Berlin is Brandenburger Tor, a big gate which is near Tiergarten, in a beautiful square called Pariser Platz (or Paris Square):
A little bit of history:
In the year 1961, a big wall was built in Berlin, which separated friends and family members for 28 years! Different countries controlled different parts of the city, and they didn't get along with each other, so they decided to build the wall so that people couldn't pass from one part to the other. But one day people started protesting peacefully! They wanted to be able to pass to the other side of the wall, and to be free. So polititians decided to let some people pass with special papers. But the person who announced it on the radio made a mistake, and said that everybody could cross inmediately. So thousands of people went out and tore the wall down! Berlin was one city once again!
You can still see parts of the wall in Berlin. The most famous part is called "East Side Gallery", because famous artists from different countries painted it, so it's like an open-air art gallery:
This one symbolizes peace between the two parts of Berlin:
In Berlin people are very ecologic, so they go everywhere by bike and there are few cars. So I decided to buy a bike and I like it so much I think I'm going to take it home!
In this photo you can see me and my bike in the middle of an airport landing strip (pista de aterrizaje). Don't worry, I haven't gone crazy, this airport was closed five years ago and turned into a park! It's really fun to ride your bike, or rollerblade on the landing strips!
There are also lots of flea markets in Berlin, where you can find very old things, like this camera:
I am also learning a little German (Nico can help me with that next year, maybe! hehe) and I enjoy it so much! I have met people from a lot of different countries, and how do you think we communicate with each other? That's it, in English! Everyone knows how to speak English, more or less, so that's why it is so important for you to learn a lot! Everywhere you go, you can make yourself understood.
I am looking forward to seeing you all in September, so that you tell me all about your holidays!!
Please comment and tell me where you've been!
I will keep posting things about my summer!