Last month I had the opportunity to go to Berlin, Germany with my course for the Transmediale 2018 Festival, which happens every year. The festival is a digital art and culture event, people from around the world travel to Berlin to attend lectures, talks and practical events throughout the 5 days of the festival.
The first few days in Berlin were quite fun. Some course mates and I explored the city, and were able to get some good photos as well as learn about the city’s history. On the first day we went to the Computer Games Museum, where we got to play on different consoles including the Wii, Pac Man and Pong. Everyone had the chance to explore the museum and play to their heart’s content. The next day we went to the Mall of Berlin, exploring the city on rentable bikes on our way there. We discovered just how big the mall is, and spent lots of time exploring what the shops had to offer!
On our way back to the hostel we went past the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. I didn’t realise how much of an impact the memorial would have on me and my course mates, it was really powerful and thought-provoking.
The next day, some course mates and I went to the TV tower, where we were able to see everything in the city from a very high point of view. The view was amazing, and we were lucky that it was a clear day with the sun shining and blue skies all around. After the TV tower, we took the train to see the East Side Gallery, which is a long remnant of the Berlin Wall as an open-air gallery with memorials all over it. We then cycled to the Berlin Cathedral Church and Lustgarten, where we stopped for a bit to take some pictures and take in the beauty of the cathedral and the scenery around us. We ended the day in the Digital Eatery, and got some food and fresh juices to rejuvenate ourselves from the long day we had.
The next few days consisted of going to a flea market, where I got a pair of goggles for a bargain price, we also went back to the Mall of Berlin and realised that they have a slide there, resulting with most of us acting like 5 year olds. The last day consisted of going to a burger place called ‘Burgermeister’ and going to an abandoned theme park, which was surrounded by pretty woods and a river nearby where we had a lovely walk.
Overall the trip to Berlin was fun. Alongside exploring Berlin, going to some of the events at the festival was a fantastic new experience, I have never met people with such open views about politics and feminism expressed in their art.