Auf Wiedersehen Berlin.

My decision not to go to Hamburg was a good one. The weather in Berlin changed to a cold, wintery day mid-morning and it would have been more so in the northern coastal city of Hamburg.

So I decided to visit the other Ian train stations and see how they've changed. The Ostbahnhof (east train station) in what was East Berlin hasn't changed all that much. Although they are doing some upgrades and renovations now.

.The main station or Hauptbahnhof is a another story - wow, it has grown into a multi-tiered travel hotspot. It's a city within a city.

I was curious about whether Ukrainian refugees were arriving - yes, most definitely but the German government had set up what appeared to be several organized staging areas in which to help them. It was heartening to see a country so willingly help the citizens of another country. It was tangible action, not just rhetoric.

I also headed back to the Brandenburg Gate knowing that on a weekend there'll be a lot of people and things to see. The area did not disappoint. Germany is fascinating to visit because in its cities you see elements of history (yes, often conflict), a vast variety of cultures, and democracy in action.

Within a small area I heard countless different languages, a peaceful demonstration against the US (at the US consulate building) for its activities in Yemen, Jews for Jesus dancing and celebrating, a US flag at half-staff to honor Madeleine Albright, and a zillion selfies.

Until next time, be kind, be safe, and go Duke, beat Carolina.