Day 10: Trip to CDU

Today started off pretty good. After breakfast our group traveled back near the Parliament building (that we went to on Monday) and had a tour of a dome building. During the tour, I got a chance to see many important/famous buildings in Berlin, as well as take a ton of photos.

After the tour of the dome, we traveled to the Potsdamer Platz area where we were given free time to explore. I went with a small group to an Australian restaurant near the Sony building, which had among other things Kangaroo and Crocodile meat (though no one ordered either). The atmosphere was nice there, and the lunch gave us a chance to relax before heading off to meet up with the rest of the group again.

After lunch the group headed over to the CDU Headquarters (the headquarters of Germany’s leading party), and got to talk briefly with Peter Tauber, the Secretary General of the CDU. Afterward, we were given a short talk on the CDU’s core values, as well as a tour of the building by Sidney Pfannstiel. It was interesting to learn how religion (or at least the value system of religion, was openly incorporated in a major political party in Germany). It was also interesting to have a discussion with Mr. Pfannstiel about the difference between what that means/how it might initially be perceived in terms of American politics (i.e. separation of church and state, possible views of extremism). I found the discussion to be very thought-provoking, and very insightful into the different structure of foreign political parties. The tour was also very nice, as we were able to explore the different floors of the CDU building (which had cool campaign artwork, the CDU television station, and a room that housed chairs from different states in Germany).

After the visit to the CDU Headquarters, we walked back towards the hotel. Unfortunately, due to a leg injury I had to depart from the rest of the group early, and also was unable to attend the visit/party at the Games Academy later on in the evening. However, I am optimistic that I will be able to rest up today, and be able to go out and do something during our free day tomorrow (even if I have to crawl to get there – hehehe!).

Onwards to a better (and hopefully healthier) tomorrow!

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