Our final full day in Berlin began with some gorgeous weather and a short walk from the subway station to Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe). We spent the morning walking through the underground exhibit and then spent some time outside walking around the stone memorial area (which covers a square city block). This is a national memorial to this genocide and, as such, is of immense importance to reconciliation and remembrance.

After our visit here, many began shopping that lasted through the afternoon and extended into the evening. Bergmannstraße and Nikolaiviertel were both popular spots to get gifts at for ourselves, our friends and families.

Our trip then back to Kansas City was relatively uneventful. Thankfully we procured a fleet of taxi vans to take us (and our increased amount of stuff) to the airport. We thus avoided the two subway trains and express bus ride.