WOW! None of us can believe we only have two full days left in Berlin. This week has flown by! We began with an on flight preparation question asking students if they were nervous for anything and also what they were particularly excited to do in Berlin. If any of them were nervous about the language barrier they are not anymore! We have picked up on the essential German vocabulary… our favorite word: fünf (five). Needless to say, all the Germans are probably wondering why we keep having conversations only using the word for five! Once we arrived in the city we immediately threw ourselves into German culture by crossing from East Berlin into West Berlin under the Brandenburg gate and then perusing the Mauerpark Flea Market. (Hint: if you asked for a souvenir this might be where it came from!) The hostel we are staying in for the week, Bax Pax, is an authentic German style hostel complete with electronic music playing in the lobby 24/7. Nothing to get your day started better than European coffee and a nice beat. The Deutsches Museum consumed our entire Monday morning. We couldn’t get enough Berlin history. There was even a section complete with photographs and documents about the German euthanasia program, which was a major topic in the class leading up to the trip. That afternoon we took on the persona of real Humboldt- Universitat (http://www.hu-berlin.de/?set_language=en) student dining in Messa Nord (the cafeteria) and then attending a lecture with professor Lutz Stiener. His lecture touched on cultural differences between Germans and Americans as well as a general overview of culture shock and cultural awareness for future study abroad and travel. It was so beneficial having the opportunity to listen to Dr. Stiener speak so early in the week because everything he taught us we have been using this week! Monday night for dinner our group split into their project groups to strategize and plan their tweets. Part of their free time to explore Berlin requires them to take photographs of certain monuments and objects and then tweet them at our main twitter @CofCfyeabroad using the hashtag #berlin2014. This not only gives a focus on what sorts of things to go and see, but also enables each group to see what each other are doing. The tweets are due by the end of Friday so check in then to see what the students have been up to! We could go on and on about all the things we have done so far, like visit Sachsenhausen prison camp, take a tour of the Berlin Underground, and walk the East Side Gallery (the longest free standing piece of the Berlin Wall left in the city!). As this post comes to a close, (because who wants to be on the internet when you can be exploring the city?) we will leave you with a few pictures!