Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Baltics.......Berlin, Germany. 29/05/2014

The ship docked at Warnemunde Port at 7.30am on the 29th May 2014. The excursion will start at 8.30 am. We boarded the bus with a grumpy look driver. He speaks quite good English but when asked, he does not understand. Hahahha. Funny but it is true. Actually he was a very nice person and was enjoying our laughter eventhough he could not understand the jokes. His name is Dethlef!

The journey to Berlin City from the port took exactly 3 hours. Every one hour, the bus stopped for the driver to rest and for us to go to toilet or have a cup of coffee.

When we arrived at the Olympic Stadium of Berlin, we were greeted by two gentlemen. Our guides, Boris  and Shaun. The group was separated into two and were loaded onto two different buses. we were taken around the city and we finally met again at the mosque for Zohor/Asar prayers. It was a beautiful feeling to be able to visit the mosque and  to be able to pray with the local Muslims. Alhamdulillah. We made Wakaf for the mosque from the collections we made earlier.

The City Sightseeing of  (West) Berlin was inclusive of Charlottenburg  Palace, Ku'Damm. Tiergarten. Victory Column, and Holocaust Memorial. Then we stopped for lunch at a Halal Restaurant and my God, the portion was so big that we shared our food an even took back home the leftovers! The taste was marvelous! Burrrrppppppp!!!!

Then we continued our Sightseeing of (East) Berlin which to me is the backword side of Germany compared to the modern high rising and new buildings in the west.  some of the places we visited or passed through was the site of Hitler's bunker, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Humbolt University, the Museum Island, the TV Tover and the Red Town Hall and the New Synagogue.

We had to say goodbye to Berlin and to  both Boris and Shaun who had done a very good job from the begining to the end. Then we proceeded back to Warnemunde board the ship which departed at 10pm. I could see that almost everyone of us were so tired and exausted but once on board the ship, after a quick shower and dinner, most of us went out again to the Stardust to watch the show for the night while the others chose to retire early in bed. 


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