On our trip to Berlin in June last year, we had the opportunity to vote for the federal election at the Australian Embassy in the centre of Berlin.
In Berlin, you can find statues of the Berlin emblem, the Berlin Bear, everywhere in all different disguises. We even found one inside the embassy.
But there was a kangaroo too. It looked a bit on the “dry” side in a Berlin court yard.
In the next picture, you see indeed some Aussies marking the ballot papers. The children thought we went there for a scribble session and Lucas wanted to have a pencil and a piece of paper too. This is election Australian style. The voting papers are not marked in secret nor are there any cabins where you can hide what you are doing.
It was a very hot day in Berlin, actually 33°C. So we felt quite at home and what better idea than heading for the water. We did a river cruise.
Remnants of the Wall can be seen nearby.
Not far away up-river is the beautiful Oberbaum Bridge. You can see another Berlin anomaly where the underground train is actually an elevated train.
The river cruise took us right through the centre of Berlin.
The “Ganymed” was once owned by a member of my wife’s family. Because of the closeness to the theatre, it attracted members of the cast and crews after the show.
At the end of the 3-hour cruise, we were all exhausted and when we arrived at the train station we found this sign:
It wasn’t as bad as it sounds because in Berlin the trains run every few minutes and every station is well stocked with food and drinks of all description. As we were parched we were able to buy some bottled water.
It was a memorable day