Sunday, September 16, 2012

#3:The Sights

You better believe while we were there we took every advantage to see the city around us. It was all always overwhelming. Everything is different. I was constantly feeling bombarded with every sense being at maximum intake. The sounds, the sights, the smells, the rushing and waiting, the new food. Whoa. We also walked........ we walked A LOT.

The day after we arrived we took a walking tour of Berlin. A four hour walking tour to be exact.

Remember when Micheal Jackson dangled his baby off a balcony?
Well it happened here, folks. 

Brandenburg Gate

Me and Krissy

That's the American Embassy there towards the right 

Base of part the the Berlin wall. It's still intact in other areas. 
There're some pictures down a bit.

A memorial to Holocaust victims. 

2,000 of these concrete cubes cover this city block. 
They get higher and higher as you walk into them.
It's something to see.

The Berlin Wall intact in another part of the city

Lunch break= expensive sandwiches

Mickey D's Berlin style...... pretty classy

On our way to Wittenburg where Martin Luther lived 
and nailed up his 95 thesis AND reformed the church

This kid was just cool. 
He had made a bow and arrow and let me take a picture of him. 
Thanks, kid :)

Walking into the courtyard of the monastery where M. Luther and his family lived

His robe

A clock given to the couple at there wedding.....
I have no idea how it worked

The church and doorway where M. Luther nailed up his thesis'

Got lunch at a local German restaurant.
German food= potatoes, cheese, and sausage.

Saw this weird advertisement later on the side of a truck.... whaaaaa?

The best danish I have ever laid teeth into

On our last day we visited Sachsenhousen, a Nazi concentration camp 

The plan on the camp

A couple of prisoner barracks


We were all pretty grave as we walked through.
The evil that men are capable of.......... it's something to sit quietly about. 

Where they would line prisoners up to be shot by Nazi officers. 
This became too much for the ones doing the shooting
 because they would see the face of their victims.
Suicides became an issue.

Where experimenting was done

They did have a station where mass killing was done but I didn't get any pictures. It didn't seem right. I could only walk and listen to what our guide was telling us about this awful place. Seeing this camp showed me that this is not only the history of Germany or even Europe, but of human beings. This is our history. Seeing this was hard. Not only practically but spiritually. How could He let this happen?................ 

That is a hard question but one that my faith is being grown through. He knew this was coming and He did indeed have a reason. Not only that but this did not happen without Him feeling the agony of each of His children.  I believe that He will not only wipe away the tears we shed in our individual lives, but He will wipe away the tears we shed for the history of the human race. He will wipe them away. 

 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
Revelation 21:4

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