Potsdam – A city outside Berlin!

Today I didn’t have class so I took a brief say trip to Potsdam. It is a bit over an hour from my house, on the last stop in the very Southwestern part of Berlin. It was a brisk fall day, so my friend Kate and I decided we needed to get out of the city.

To start the adventure, I got to the stop to find a broken elevator. It was quite annoying because I assumed it would work because it the LAST stop on the line. Oh well! So, I got back on the train, went back a stop, got off and caught the bus. This really worked out well actually.

Potsdam is the capital city of the German state Brandenburg. This is a bit confusing because Berlin is the capital of Germany, but it is also located in Brandenburg. It’s really a cute town. Filled with many beautiful buildings – much more European looking. Potsdam had quite the history of immigration. You can see streets and villages with influence from Russia, France, Netherlands and many others.

Saint Nicholas Church, 1840s
Saint Nicholas Church, 1840s
Closer view of Sanssouci
Closer view of Sanssouci
Sanssouci is the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. It was HUGE and had a marvelous garden
Sanssouci is the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. It was HUGE and had a marvelous garden
The walk to the palaces
The walk to the palaces
Bradenburg Gate
Bradenburg Gate

All in all a nice day! Actually, a very accessible city as well. Many shops had no steps. The palaces and churches had access too. Many trams and buses! Only downfall is there were quite a few cobblestones, which I think made my chair battery work a bit harder than normal.

In other news, it’s getting very cold. During the day it has been a bit warmer (40s), but by dark it’s freezing. We also just had daylight savings so it’s dark by 5pm 😦

No class this weekend, but lots of reading. The course is heavy reading and writing. Although most of the writing comes at the end of the semester. My classes are pretty interesting. I’d say I’m learning the most from a Human Rights Law class. I was severely under-educated about the United Nations system, so I have learned a ton. A bit overwhelming … and disheartening at times, but nonetheless interesting.

Cheers!

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