From May 9 to May 15 2017, the GED planted its flag in Berlin Kreuzberg, a central area of Berlin.
The decision of this year’s prom trip destination was subject to many discussions but the success of the experience is undeniable.
The GED2 and GED3, despite being used to travel by bus, decided the best option was to travel by plane, so we left Roissy CDG in the morning of the 9th of May. Once in Berlin, we rode buses by teams to go from the airport to the youth hostel. The place was sort of underground, with a view on the street and unmatching furniture. It made us feel instantly home.
As everyone was hungry from the journey, we quickly went down to discover what the street offered: kebabs and doners, vegetarian snacks, burgers… it tasted like a good start. © Ghislena Ly
Different groups got together to walk to the middle of the town (Berlin Mitte) and see The Wall Museum. The Berlin Wall stands still erected for us to see on hundreds of meters. The styles of the paintings are really diverse: some are colourful and express hope while others represent the traumatism of WWII.
As wandering around the city seemed like a good way to get accustomed, some of us decided to go back to the youth hostel by walking. Some of us may have got lost, while others were discovering the German subway for the first time. Different teams and groups started their own discovering of the city. This organization followed us the next days, from Checkpoint Charlie to the Jewish Museum and to Schloss Sanssouci.
Organizing the nights was maybe the hardest part.
We often gathered around homemade meals in the living room of the hostel. But when it was time to discover the nightlife, getting around 50 people in a club was harder than we had expected. In the end, the big group always had to split, but for the best. It enabled us to get to know each other, past the benches of Jean Monnet and the 27th floor of the tour First at EY.
I believe this trip was the great conclusion we needed after this ‘short but hard year’. It brought us closer, enabled us to party, discover historical places… and maybe think about our LLM destination?
View of the hostel from an opposite building © Claire-Emeline Auduc
The last generation of GED acknowledges the team in charge of the organization, who did a great job and sets the bar high for next year!
Claire-Emeline Auduc (GED 2)