January 11th, 2016 | Uncategorized
If there was one thing that really stuck out to me in Berlin, it would be the amount of Christmas markets scattered throughout the city. It seemed as if at every turn there was another market in a city square, or even just on the street corner. Regardless of the location, these markets were absolutely phenomenal. One of the main reasons why we decided to go to Berlin at this time of year was for the world-renowned Christmas markets… And let me tell you, they did not disappoint.
Just in the short period of time that the scholars and I were there, we visited four Christmas markets: the Gendarmenmarkt, the Charlottenburg Castle, the Potsdamer Platz, as well as the Alexander Platz. Every single one of them had something unique about them and different to the others.
Upon entering these markets, I instantly was in awe. Every one of my five senses were stimulated and captivated by these markets. The view of each of the markets was what first caught my eye. It honestly was as if I was walking into a winter wonderland. There were Christmas lights strung everywhere, Ferris wheels, a slide covered in snow to sled down, cute little knick-knack stands where you could buy anything from Christmas decorations and souvenirs of Berlin, to fragrant soaps and fun hats and scarves.
Not only did the markets have plenty of little stands to buy cool items at, but also, there were countless stands selling the most delicious smelling, looking, and tasting meals and desserts! Instantly when I walked into the markets I was hit with the strongest aroma that wafted around the entire square. Before purchasing anything, we would walk around and see all the options that the stands had to offer. There was anything from Bratwurst and Currywurst for dinner, to crepes and gingerbread for dessert, and even Gluhwein (hot mulled wine in English) to warm you up as you walk around the market. To say the least, it was very difficult to choose what I wanted to eat; it all looked so good!
Being able to walk around (crepe in hand, of course), and enjoy the wonderful Christmas scenery was amazing. The Christmas lights, the chestnuts roasting, and the authentic German music and performers, really created the perfect Christmas atmosphere.
Victory Scholar: Sarah Benedetti
Present University: University of Limerick
US League: NEC
Club/Community Partner: UL Huskies
Alma Mater: St. Francis College
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