Week two sent me to Germany. I had three places on the list: Aachen, also known as Aix-le-Chappelle, Cologne, and Berlin. The day from Interlaken to Aachen was a long one, made longer by a delayed train, a missed connection, and getting off the train a stop early and walking an extra half hour. Oops.
From Aachen, it's about half an hour to Cologne, or Köln. I'd managed to time my itinerary so I could see one of my favourite bands, All Time Low, while I was there. I only had two nights though, one of which was going to be at the concert, so I had to capitalize on the one night I had to shoot. Even though it rained. I was kinda bummed initially, but rain can make for fantastic pictures. It evokes a mood that translates to film (or digital, I suppose) very well.
I also made a trip out to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Memorial, which is about 45 minutes outside the city. I took a couple of images on the film camera I brought (which have yet to be developed), but none with my SLR. Dunno why. I suppose I couldn't do justice to it. There's always something of my mood and emotions reflected in the pictures I take. Wandering the Camp left me without words, so I guess it was fitting that I left without photos.
The other must-visit, of course, was the Berlin Wall. Not much of it still stands; the longest stretch is the East Side Gallery, running along the bank of the river Spree. Roughly a hundred paintings decorate this section, painted on the East Side after the wall opened in 1990. In the past twenty-five years, there has been a great deal of erosion, vandalism, and attempts to restore the original artwork.
Didn't have enough time in Germany to see everything I wanted to, but that's pretty much always the case. It is one of the larger European countries and I'm sure I'll plan a trip back some other time. From Berlin, I headed off to the more familiar part of my trip, in the Czech Republic...