Long weekends and seemingly random days off pepper the spring schedule. Belgium, in particular, has strong roots in the Catholic Church, and even though most Belgians are Catholic by culture only, traditional church feast days are still venerated. This year, both Pentecost and Ascension fell in May, and when taken together with Labor Day (better know as day for the socialist worker...), the University was closed for 4 extra days this month (because of course, if Pentecost falls on a Thursday, no businesses would open just for Friday!).
So to make like a true European, I maximized a long weekend and caught a budget flight on Easy Jet to Berlin. The city is enormous and entirely too cool, but I did my best to explore all ends and all eras of Berlin's history.
Scars on the Brandenburg Gate
Remnants of the Wall at the East Side Gallery
German Innovation: the Bratwurst Backpack
Vodka shots at the Soviet Memorial