Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, mine was spent in Berlin, Germany. I went during my vacation as I have always wanted to visit Germany for its history, culture, food/beer, and some of its kinks. I also wanted to see where I felt the country was headed as I saw remnants of a collection of chaotic issues throughout Berlin.
My early days were primarily focused on seeing parts of the Berlin Wall, the Jewish Memorial and Museum, Topography of Terror, Reischtag Building, and Brandenburg Gate. As I saw the gate, apparently Obama was rolling by which was crazy to see and hear as Germans got excited. I will truly miss Obama as if you've been paying attention you would've noticed that all my travel has been during the Obama administration and it has been beautiful to hear and experience how the world deeply loves him.
As such, seeing all of Germany's history in which they are truly sorry for I learned how petulant America is with its grievances. Nearly all of the exhibits besides the Jewish Museum are free because Germans want you to know about their mistakes from Nazism in the Topography of Terror to the Holocaust with concentration camps and the Jewish Memorial to the crisis around the Berlin Wall and it's intriguing and lengthy memorial (Note - there is an entire outline on where the wall used to be). Whether Fascism or Communism Berlin has seen it all starting in 1934 to 1989, Berlin has had to see a ton of political problems that killed millions of people in Europe (the spread of the Holocaust is alarming as it went to even Greece which surprised me). This is a large contrast to America which often pretends as if slavery didn't happen and is still an issue. Meanwhile, in Berlin you will rarely find anything revolving Nazism and Hitler even in the museums of Berlin as they deeply hate that it happened.
On a more positive note I met some cool American women on Thanksgiving Day and had a good time checking out the Christmas winter wonderland setups with German housing throughout the plazas. We also got to enjoy the sausages and beer that was surprisingly reasonable in price for our holiday meal. Beyond that, Germany has pretty low costs on everything compared to Italy and France for EU countries. I enjoyed paying only 3 Euros or less for half a liter of beer. Also, the transit system was relatively reasonable and highly reliable with times on buses, tram, trains and subways - nearly beating NYC's. Make sure you have a ticket though, the checkers who wear normal clothing can surprise as the first time on the subway for me and I encountered ticket checkers. To continue on costs and food the Brezels were 3 per 1 euro and were delicious as was the chocolate and vanilla creme croissant I had - pastries are key here.
The People were another wonderful aspect of the country. The language was surprisingly not to tricky to pick up and I understood platz was plaza and street was strasse, but people responded and heard me out. This was primarily due to the large diversity in Germany as it was quite friendly for everyone. Turkish, Dominicans, Blacks, Africans, and even East Asian people all speaking German and working different jobs; white people as the help and Black people as the concierge. It was also interesting seeing predominantly homeless white people for a change. The kinks were great too as it is quite possibly the kinkiest country on the planet which you can ask me about offline, but no German blondes for me.
Lastly, though I got stamps in transit with Norway and Sweden, I didn't get any from Germany directly except for the East German stamps as an outdated change of pace. It maybe because Germany is a Schegen country to, but straight from Norway to Germany and off the plane into a biergarten with no immigration. As such, I highly recommend Berlin and Germany for a lot of fun overall and a forward thinking country that we could've eventually become but now we must go through a seemingly Hitler regime among other setbacks before we achieve the unfortunate aftermath.