My comprehensive Polyglot Gathering Berlin trip report – part 3

Welcome to my Berlin trip report. I decided to write a very comprehensive trip report, in an attempt to try and recreate my own participation in the event.

This way my hope is that people who were unable to attend can at least get a feel for just how incredible the event was. This is part 3 of a multi part story and you can expect a new chapter every other day.

PS. I apologize for not having more pictures, I usually don't take many photos when I'm travelling around.

Previous Parts: 

Part 1 – Departing

Part 2 – Arriving

Part 3 – Touristing (you are here)

My last report, concluded with me leaving the hotel in search for touristy things to do whilst in Berlin. I had not been here before so I felt I owed myself to at least attempt to go out and be cultural. Sadly I had not incorporated much time to sightsee into my itinerary so I did not have time for any massive excursions or lengthier museum visits. In the end I simply walked across the main train station and followed signs that said “Reichstag” and “Brandenburger Tor” as these were the main two sights people were going for. As I was crossing a bridge a girl with a clipboard ran up to me with what looked like a petition that also had a big handicap logo on. She furthermore indicated that she was deaf or mute, or something I’m not sure. Maybe I’m cynical, but when people approach me on the street like this I stay the hell away. Before you know it your pockets have been emptied by associates or you signed up for a financial investment or something completely different, but equally shady. This girl did not accept no for an answer though and every time I pushed her away she became more aggressive which culminated in her almost tugging off my arm in an attempt for me to sign her petition, or whatever was going on. Let me just say, that had I seen a Polizei after this encounter I would definitely report her for violation of the peace. I mean, fair enough you have some kind of project that means a lot to you, but foreign signatures probably aren’t valid anyway and if people do not wish to participate then leave them be. No need to harass people.

Anyway, I made it to the Reichstag and it is a very impressive building. I am not a type of person to look at buildings for an extended period of time, so I casually made it towards the Brandenburger Tor. Due to the World Cup there was quite a lot of stuff going on around it, so it was not as usual, but that was okay I imagined how it would normally look. Apart from the nice Brandenburger Tor there was also at least 3 separate demonstrations in the square there. One about the middle east, one to free some Chinese people? And the last one I didn’t even have a clue. Maybe they were just football fans.

There are many pictures of the Reichstag, but this is taken by me ;-) - Maybe explaining why I don't take a lot of photographs