Berlin was the last CET sponsored trip for the program. We got to tour Studio Babelsberg, a huge famous studio where films such as The Hunger Games, The Grand Budapest Hotel (we got to see the original desk, painting, and elevator from the film), and V for Vendetta were shot. We also had a tour of the city and two film museums.
On our second day in Berlin, we had most of the day of free time. My friend Daniella and I used it to visit a huge park in Berlin, the Tiergarten. We took a long walk through the beautiful and peaceful place.
We walked out of Tiergarten towards the Brandenburg gate just as the sun was setting.
Entering a garden in Prague feels like falling down the rabbit hole into Alice and Wonderland. Often they are hidden in the middle of the city behind a gate you would never think you’d find a beautiful garden behind. In this garden, there was a black cat with bright green eyes that wandered around and let me pet him, and a handful of brides posing for wedding photos
I stumbled into the Wallenstein Gardens by walking through a gate just to see what was behind it. The gate was completely ordinary looking, cut into a huge wall blocking what was inside. The last thing I expected to find when I walked through it was a huge beautiful pond with koi fish and several peacocks (one of which was albino) wandering around.
It was a beautiful day when I decided to take the tram up to the top of Petrin Hill. I bought an ice cream cone and watched as a man blew bubbles for children to jump up and pop.
I continued walking down the hill and found the Petrin Hill Orchards, which offer one of the best views of the whole city. Rows of trees and wildflowers offer a great place for a picnic
As I go to school in D.C., I was happy to find that Cherry Blossom trees populate Prague as well. I made sure to squeeze in a trip in between class to a row of them at the base of Petrin Hill while they were in full bloom.
Paddle boating on the river is a spring activity that opened in April just as it started to warm up. I made sure to time my trip so that we went at dusk and could watch the sunset from the river.