So, our first excursion was to a tie factory in Kreuzberg. It seemed like an odd thing to do at first but was actually quite fun and interesting. Afterward the group all went out for a drink. It was a good chance to get to know each other better.
Today we had out first research day. It was near the Gendamenmarkt in Mitte. We discussed our research projects with Dr. Suhr, who was very friendly and helpful. Then we all had a picnic in Tiergarten, a very nice park in Berlin that is kind of like central park in New York. The weather was wonderful!!! We did a little sightseeing in the afternoon, and sat in the sun at a beach bar on the Spree river until late afternoon. It was a nice day.