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  • On day two we arrived in Berlin which was more modern than I had originally thought. Our first task was to get to the Pergamon Museum, which turned out to be a breeze because I was following Professor Stark. Berlin seemed to be unnaturally hot for the days that we were there, which was interesting because I wanted to try to dress more conservative, but had the dilemma of being conservative and hot, or cool but showing more skin.
    Anyway, we ended up at the Pergamon Museum which is a museum that is filled with classical antiquities, and some middle eastern art pieces. In one room there are the gates of Babylon reconstructed using some original pieces along with copies of the blue bricks.
    At first I was not sure why we were brought here, and also why Germany had these pieces of art. Then I started comparing the Pergamon museum to others like it in the United States. Why do we have museums of things that are from different places? Is it to educate the public in foreign and ancient artifacts? Or maybe even to brag that the country could afford such things? I still debate those questions in my mind today. I believe I understand the role of informational museums such as a World War 2 museum that has written information to read as well as artifacts, but does an architectural have the same purpose as war and president museums?
    Dinner was delightful if I am thinking of the correct night. I went to a place called Alex and had a lovely pasta dish. I remember going to bed very early that first night.
    Much Love,

    photo credit: Sally Burnette
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