Part of my bucket list while we are in Poland (and other parts of Europe) is to see as many churches and cathedrals as I can. They are so beautiful – and each one is different and they are a real testament to the faith of the people who lived here centuries ago. When we saw this building on our wandering jaunt to get to the Berlin Tower it seemed like the perfect place to visit. (Ok, really, we just wanted to see if we could get up to the walkway as the views would be amazing.) We didn’t realize it was a Cathedral until we got around to the front and read the sign. Completed in 1905, it’s the largest Protestant Church in Berlin and was patterned after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Although technically, it’s not a Cathedral as it’s not the seat for the Bishop (which is what designates a church as a cathedral). As with most other buildings in Berlin, it too was heavily damaged during World War II, and was closed and not reopened until restoration work was completed in 1993. Continue reading
It’s not all fun and games when you live (or are trying to live) overseas. Sometimes you have to take care of business….visa business to be exact. I briefly mentioned I had a visa problem in an earlier post and it took a trip to Berlin (well, actually two trips) to get everything straight.
If you have a passport, you can pretty much travel the world, but if you want to actually LIVE somewhere, your passport can only get you so much time….90 days to be exact if you are in Poland (or one of the other Schengen countries). When David came in January, he applied (in February) and received a temporary resident card (in June). He’s working here, so he’s allowed to stay the length of his job contract. My situation was different because I didn’t come to stay until the end of June and then several things complicated matters. Continue reading