an afternoon at the berliner dom

Monday, July 11, 2011

253790_10100479967757610_4920974_62187760_6413102_n247205_10100479967518090_4920974_62187749_2886513_n247550_10100479967508110_4920974_62187748_5572977_nafter caroline left berlin, i stuck around to attend a conference for my job.  the set-up was quite nice, let me tell you. free transportation to and from berlin!  a week’s worth of lodging in one of berlin’s best hotels!  a room all to myself!  central location! 3 huge meals a day!  had it not been an “all expenses paid” situation, this story would be told very differently.  i mean, it was towards the end of the month and by that time, i’m usually collecting bottles to turn in for money, so, you get the idea (just kidding, mom……a little).

anyway, around around 140 americans attended this conference in berlin.  we had a few activities/panels scheduled for us during the day but ended up having a lot of free time to stroll through the city and enjoy each other’s company.  despite the aforementioned perks of the conference, the real highlight for me was getting to spend nearly every moment with “the franken group” (me + a handful of other fulbrighters who live in the franken region of bavaria).  since september, the group of us have probably hung out once a week, if not more, despite living in different cities (though all on the same train line).  we couldn’t help noticing at the conference that the majority of the other americans seemed a bit isolated, after not having gotten to know fellow fulbrighters in their region; it made me so very thankful that our group put forth such an effort to bond at the beginning of the academic year.  after all, those friendships got me through so many tough times (ie week long hospital stays!) and made my fulbright experience significantly brighter.

one of my favorite afternoons of the conference week was spent lying in the grass in front of the berliner dom (otherwise known as the lustgarten) with the other “franken” friends.  i’ll always remember this day,  i think.  it was pretty perfect. :)

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note: the first 3 photos were taken by emily’s disposable camera…aren’t they awesome?

other note:  i think i am asleep in that last photo.  someone had just played with my hair for 10 minutes and….well, that means automatic naptime in my book.

16 comments:

Brissa said...

sounds like a great trip! especially all that free stuff (read food)! i miss disposable cameras! i think i'm going to go out and buy myself one as soon as work is done.

Jan said...

I'm thankful for the friends on your team too!! Your trip sounded so fun.

Jeneric Generation said...

I was seriously JUST about to comment on something of yours and say that if I refresh your blog one more time and it's still the same post....

But you updated. So, all is forgiven.

Jessica Marie said...

cool! work trips are the best.

Chelsea said...

Your life is sort of awesome. You do know that right?
And I couldn’t help but laugh about collecting bottles to turn in for money. even if it was a joke. That’s pretty much all of us right? my rent thinks its so funny to take my dinero. Oh ps can we be facebook friends. I need to find out your last name.

Love, your creepy American friend.

Mighty Burns said...

thats just beautiful! get out of town just thinking about having someone play with my hair makes me want to sleep too :)mmmm sleepp

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

The first three were with disposable? Wow! I was about to comment on how cool they look. Way to go kodak disposables!!!

Megan said...

UHM EXCUSE YOU. (this is not post related..i dont respond to posts where u hang out with other people) i e mailed you. and then silence.


the silence hurts.


it hurts.

Jasmine said...

Berlin looks beautiful! It makes me feel a bit ashamed that I really don't know Germany although it's my neighboring country..

Pretzel Thief said...

LOVE the cute headband/oversized sunnies combo (in fact, I've got an almost identical pair, colour and all).

I, too, wanna lie in the grass in front of the Lustgarten, waaaaahhhh! (Heh heh. Ah, whining!)

Also, glad you forged all these lasting friendships...awesomeness!

hayley j said...

The disposable pics look awesome!

debbiecutieface said...

I LOVE Berlin! Seriously, such a cool city. I went two years ago and wish I could go back! You're so lucky, for real.

Krystal said...

i think laying in the grass like that would be one of my faves. i think when i'm relaxing and not rushing around a city is when i like it best!

emily g. said...

haha, I thought those first pics looked familiar! And to think I was so upset I forgot my digital camera - but really it just made me super artsy! ;)

Tucker said...

love the disposable camera.

and what a sweet hoooook up in berlin! We'll be there early August so I'll be stalking your page for more things to do in berlin. but i'm allllways stalking your page, so no difference here.

piter said...

The pictures of berliner dome is very nice. I always like to visit this type of old places with rich carving and many more.

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