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University of Dayton women’s basketball at 11-0

University of Dayton senior forward Olivia Applewhite (4) and junior center Cassie Sant embrace after a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

The University of Dayton women’s basketball team is in the midst of its best season in its history. The Flyers have earned their highest rankings in program history with their No. 15 spot in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 16 spot in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Did I mention they’re on an 11-game winning streak? Tuesday, they went on the road and routed the University of Akron Zips (8-3) 90-59 to maintain the undefeated season.

Here are some of my favorite frames thus far this season.

University of Dayton senior guard Samantha MacKay (14) drives toward the basket during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton freshman center Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova (12) shoots during a game against the University of Toledo at UD Arena, Nov. 14, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Dayton won 79-76.

University of Dayton women's basketball head coach JIm Jabir speaks to his team during a timeout during an exhibition game against Ashland University at UD Arena, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Ashland won 79-77.

University of Dayton sophomore forward Ally Malott (11) shoots over Ashland University senior Kari Daugherty (44)during an exhibition game against Ashland University at UD Arena, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Ashland won 79-77.

University of Dayton senior guard Samantha MacKay (14) laughs with assistant coach Shauna Green, left, during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

Players on the University of Dayton bench celebrate as the last seconds expire during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton senior guard Samantha MacKay (14) shoots during a game against Miami University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 83-61.

The University of Dayton women's basketball team celebrates at center court after a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton senior forward Olivia Applewhite (4) lays a ball in during an exhibition game against Ashland University at UD Arena, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Ashland won 79-77.

From left, the University of Dayton's Ally Malott, Abby Bush, Cassie Sant and Olivia Applewhite celebrate on the bench as the last seconds expire during a game against No. 13 Vanderbilt University at UD Arena, Nov. 18, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 71-66.

The University of Dayton women's basketball game huddles together after knocking off No. 13 Vanderbilt University at UD Arena, Nov. 18, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 71-66.

© 2012 Ethan Klosterman

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Flyers shut down Florida Atlantic

University of Dayton sophomore forward Alex Gavrilovic (25) sets a screen on freshman guard Stefan Moody (42) during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

The Flyers hosted Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena Dec. 15. After finding a bit of a rhythm over the last three games, the Flyers dominated the Owls. UD extended its winning streak to four, with the 81-56 victory. Here’s some of what I saw.

A dry erase board and water bottles sit near the Owls bench before a game between the University of Dayton and Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) lays a ball in during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) celebrates after a point during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) puts pressure on senior guard Greg Gantt (22) during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) blocks a shot during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) shoots between three Owl defenders during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) shoots a 3-pointer during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton sophomore forward Alex Gavrilovic (25) tries to grab a rebound over sophomore forward Kelvin Penn (44) during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) tries to grab a rebound over sophomore forward Kelvin Penn (44) during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) shoots over Owls senior forward Jordan McCoy (21) during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) shoots during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) shoots during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) shoots during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt sophomore forward Matt Derenbecker (15) shoots a 3-pointer late in the second half during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Derenbecker led the Flyers with 15 points. UD won 81-56.

Matt Derenbecker was lighting it up from beyond the arc. He went 5-of-8 for a career-high 15 points.

© 2012 Ethan Klosterman

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden campaign in Dayton, Ohio

President Barack Obama gestures during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

On the afternoon following the final debate of the 2012 election season, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden held a joint rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 23 at Triangle Park. This was the first time the president and VP campaigned together at the same public event all year.

A crowd of approximately 9,500 people came out to see the duo in the park just a few minutes outside of downtown Dayton. The speeches by Biden and Obama were full of zingers about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s performance in Monday’s foreign policy debate.

An Obama/Biden supporter holds up a sign during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he walks on stage during a rally in front of an estimated 9,500 people at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

Supporters hold signs and take photos during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama gestures during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama displays a pamphlet that outlines his plans during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama gestures during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

A young woman holds up a sign reading "Iranians against Iran's nuclear proliferation" as President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at a rally in front of an estimated 9,500 people at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

A young woman takes a photo of President Barack Obama as he greets supporters after speaking at a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

Supporters wave to President Barack Obama and Vice President at the end of a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

© 2012 Ethan Klosterman. All rights reserved.

Flyer Football: September

Taylor Harris, UD Flyer football, Touchdown

These are a few of my favorites from UD football’s two home games from September. Anyone who says players need to be on scholarship and the number of fans must exceed 4,000 for football games to be interesting is wrong. UD football, while not being “big time,” is a blast. Oh, and freedom to move around the stadium is only second to high school games. I’ll take it!

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Men’s & women’s soccer: August & September

DePaul University sophomore forward MaryKate Cicinelli, center, celebrates her first collegiate goal, a game-winning overtime goal, during a game against the University of Dayton, Sept. 2, 2012, at the Baujan Field, in Dayton, Ohio. DePaul won 2-1.

These are some of my favorites from Baujan Field thus far this season.
University of Dayton redshirt freshman forward Ryan Peterson holds back two Ohio State defenders during a game, Aug. 24, 2012, at Baujan Field, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 3-2.

Sophomore defender Greg Enstone gets caught up with a Buckeye defender during a game between the University of Dayton and the Ohio State University, Aug. 24, 2012, at Baujan Field, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 3-2.

The University of Dayton women's soccer team sits on the bench during a game against Central Michigan University, Aug. 31, 2012, at the Baujan Field, in Dayton, Ohio. Central Michigan won 4-2.

Junior defender Meghan Scharer, right, goes lunges for a ball during a game between the University of Dayton and DePaul University, Sept. 2, 2012, at the Baujan Field, in Dayton, Ohio. DePaul won 2-1 in overtime.

Freshman midfielder Ashley Campbell (8) is pushed down by a Blue Demon defender during a game between the University of Dayton and DePaul University, Sept. 2, 2012, at the Baujan Field, in Dayton, Ohio. DePaul won 2-1 in overtime.

Senior forward Colleen Williams (3) tries to head a ball into the Blue Demon goal during a game between the University of Dayton and DePaul University, Sept. 2, 2012, at the Baujan Field, in Dayton, Ohio. DePaul won 2-1 in overtime.

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UD women’s volleyball: August & September

The red team huddles together before a point during the annual Red-Blue scrimmage, Aug. 18, 2012, in the Frericks Center.

Here are a few favorites from the University of Dayton women’s volleyball team’s games from late August through mid-September at the Frericks Center.

Photo nerd note: Exposure is around 1/500th at f/2.8 at ISO 4000. To top it off, the lights cycle which makes for even more fun frame-to-frame. To overcome the technical challenges, on my Nikon D300s, I shoot with a 70-200mm almost exclusively. I shoot in manual always staying at f/2.8. I activate auto-ISO with a limit of 3200 which is way higher than I’d like, but there’s no getting around it considering how dark the building is. With those set, as the play develops and where it’s happening, I scroll through shutter speeds from 1/160-1/500th. I dial in a custom WB of around 3230K and shoot RAW (as usual) to deal with the WB shifts. There are few angles with clean backgrounds that allow me to get faces and expression without distractions in the BG. Needless to say, it’s a very challenging place to make pictures.

Volleyball-wise, it’s a great environment. The Red Scare is loud and energetic, and it’s a cozy place overall. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to be ranked in the top-20 either.

The University of Dayton volleyball team reacts after winning match point during a game against No. 7 University of Illinois during the Flyer Classic, Aug. 24, 2012, at the Frericks Center, in Dayton, Ohio.

The University of Dayton volleyball team reacts after winning match point during a game against No. 7 University of Illinois during the Flyer Classic, Aug. 24, 2012, at the Frericks Center, in Dayton, Ohio.

From left, University of Dayton players Shayne Brown, Isolde Hannan and Alaina Turner put up a triple block against an attack from Pepperdine University's Jazmine Orozco during an NCAA volleyball game, Aug. 25, 2012, at the Frericks Center, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won the match in four sets.

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Downtown Dayton Revival Music Festival

Downtown Dayton Revival music festival, Guster

John Legend, a Springfield, Ohio native, headlined Saturday night at the Downtown Dayton Revival Music Festival. This was the festival’s first year, and I’m looking forward to it growing and coming back bigger and better next year.

Downtown Dayton Revival music festival, John Legend, a Springfield, Ohio-native, performs during the Downtown Dayton Revival music festival, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio.

Downtown Dayton Revival music festival, fans cheer for John Legend, a Springfield, Ohio-native, as he performs during the Downtown Dayton Revival music festival, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio.

Downtown Dayton Revival music festival, John Legend, a Springfield, Ohio-native, performs during the Downtown Dayton Revival music festival, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio.

Downtown Dayton Revival music festival, John Legend, a Springfield, Ohio-native, performs during the Downtown Dayton Revival music festival, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio.

All photos © 2012 Ethan Klosterman.

Vice President Joe Biden campaigns at Wright State University

Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign trip to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio on Sept. 12. He was in front of the estimated 1,000-person crowd in a small hall at the school for about 37 minutes. This is what I saw.

 

All photos © 2012 Ethan Klosterman. All uses illegal without prior permission.

First lady Michelle Obama campaigns in Dayton

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters at a campaign event at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.
Ohio’s a battleground state. We all know that. Lucky for me that Dayton always seems a stop on the campaign bus tours. When I heard that Michelle Obama would be visiting Dayton, actually less than two miles from my house, I knew I should probably get there. I sent off a credential request on Friday, and by Monday morning, I was confirmed and given instructions.

Last time I saw a part of an election year campaign, I was a senior in high school.  I was able to snag tickets to the McCain rally at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio, where the senator surprised the crowd and country by introducing Sarah Palin as his running mate on the Republican ticket. A few weeks later, I was able to sign myself out of school for a self-led “enrichment activity” (a rally) for Barack Obama that was held just blocks from my school, at Fifth Third Field.

The first lady’s visit didn’t mean near as much campaign-wise as the previous rallies I’ve been to. This is more of a practice run. I know Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney will be visiting Dayton at least once before November. I’m planning on doing everything in my control to be at those events. This is a practice run. A little less security (I presume), a lot less buzz, a lot less people, and a lot less media.

Part one of the day was dropping my gear off so that bomb-sniffing dogs and extra-thorough Secret Service agents could rummage through my bag to make sure I didn’t have any bazookas modded to fit in my 70-200. Rest assured, I didn’t.

The doors opened to the media at  1:15 p.m. The press releases indicated that the event may begin around 3:10 p.m. I was a bit doubtful of that. Considering it’s not the president, I arrived at 1:45 pm. which is a half hour before the doors for the general public were supposed to close. A quick, no-line, easy check by security, and I was in. Still over an hour away, I had nothing pressing to do since I wasn’t on deadline. I live-tweeted photos and info, looked for angles, and generally wandered around before things finally started up. Thank God for iPhones.

Cameramen sit and wait for First Lady Michelle Obama to arrive at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio.

The first speakers took the stage a couple minutes past 3 p.m., but it wasn’t until 3:49 p.m. that FLOTUS emerged from behind the curtain. I’m not complaining about her being late. I’ve heard stories of some politicians over the years being multiple hours late for events.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to a crowd of about 1,800 at a campaign stop at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters at a campaign event at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

President Obama supporters wait for First Lady Michelle Obama to arrive at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters at a campaign event at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a child after her speech at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

First Lady Michelle Obama reaches out to a child after speaking to a crowd of about 1,800 at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

She was done working the rope line at 4:34 p.m., and it was my time to head home. Overall, it was a solid, small-scale warm-up to when the president and Romney roll into town in the coming months. Now if only next time I can get access to the open area immediately in front of the stage like AP and others…

NOTE: These images are available for licensing. Also, I am available to provide political campaign coverage around cities like Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, or points between. Contact me.

EuroTour: Berlin

Sony Center Roof, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Germany, Ethan Klosterman, architecture

After a spending a couple of days in Amsterdam, Dad and I were off to Berlin, Germany.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Germany, Ethan Klosterman, train

After another train ride, we arrived at Berlin Hauptbahnhof. This massive station is a gorgeous, glass, German Goliath. Unfortunately we arrived on a nasty, cloudy day, and it began to sprinkle once we stepped outside the station. So just trust me, this station was super nice.

We made the mistake of not packing food or eating on the train (yes, there was a dining car) so we were very ready to eat. We grabbed a bus and headed to our hostel, St. Christopher’s. It’s actually a chain of hostels around Europe that has a bar, Belushi’s, on the ground floor and then rooms upstairs. We had such a good experience there that we stayed at another St. Christopher’s in our next city, Prague.

After checking in and unloading our stuff, we got a recommendation to go to Hofbräu Berlin. I desperately needed food. I was hangry. Real hangry.

After we stuffed ourselves at the restaurant with mixed sausages, potatoes, a pork knuckle for Dad, and German beer, we dodged raindrops as we walked back to the hostel through a steady rain. I updated my Twitter followers, Dad and I planned out what we wanted to see the next day, and we called it a night.

We woke up to cloudy skies, cool temperatures, and an aggressive, face-numbing wind. We went on an easy-going, 4-hour walking tour of the city where we visited many of the big sites around Berlin and heard some informative history that gave us a solid intro to the city. I’m a big fan of the walking tours — especially the ones in cities that have lots of history, like Berlin. Sure, I learned a little bit about Berlin in school, but nothing close to what I got from the tour guide. It’s a nice way to start a city. I think it ended up being my favorite tour of the whole trip.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is seen June 1, 2012, in Berlin, Germany., Ethan Klosterman

No, I didn’t burn the foreground in post. The sun burst through the clouds to illuminate the trees just beyond the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Currywurst from restaurant Curry 36 is seen, June 1, 2012, in Berlin, Germany.

After doing some research in Amsterdam and asking the bartender at Belushi’s for recommendations on where to go to get good currywurst in Berlin, Curry 36 came up. It was dee-licious. I could eat that once a week. It was very affordable, too.

The United States Embassy is seen, June 1, 2012, in Berlin, Germany.

Ahh, an American flag. This is the US Embassy in Berlin. It’s ~50 yards from one of the most iconic symbols of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate (seen below).

Teams of rollerbladers wait at the starting line for the beginning of the Berliner Firmenlauf, June 1, 2012, in Berlin.

There was a large race (run, walk, and rollerblade) kicking off later that evening when we made our way back to the Gate. The teams above were on inline speed skates.

Ampelmann, East Germany, Cold War, Ethan Klosterman

Fun fact: if you’re in Berlin and see this guy on the crosswalk sign, you’re in East Germany. If you see a more standard type of guy with his arms down, you’re in West Germany.

Reichstag Sunset, Ethan Klosterman

After the race had come to an end and we walked along the dozens of vendors and tents, we walked toward Reichstag to grab a couple shots of the sunset. One full day down and one to go.

We awoke to sunny, much less windy morning. After a bit of wandering, we wound up at Alexanderplatz and under another icon of Berlin, TV Tower.

TV Tower at Alexanderplatz, Ethan Klosterman

A BMW, left, and a Cold War-era Trabi, right, are stopped at a red light, June 2, 2012, in Berlin.

If you know the story behind the Trabi, you get the irony.

East Side Gallery Mural, Berlin, Ethan Klosterman

berlin wall, East Side Gallery, Ethan Klosterman, Berlin, Germany

The next stop on our cross-town tour was the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. It’s about three quarters of a mile long. On the opposite side of the wall seen in this photo is the East Side Gallery. A sample of the actual art is on the photo above this one. It’s amazing to think about this wall-turned-public-art-exhibit causing so many issues just 20-some years ago.

U-Bahn Schlesisches Tor, Ethan Klosterman

After stopping at one of the recommended kebab restaurants for dinner, we were off to Potsdamer Platz, the home of the Sony Center.

The Klosterstrasse station, Berlin, Germany Ethan Klosterman

But on our way to Potsdamer, we passed through the Klosterstrasse Station. We hopped off the train to take a picture of the station. It’s always cool when you see your last name, or at least part of it, as the name of a U-Bahn (metro/subway) station.

Sony Center Roof, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Germany, Ethan Klosterman, architecture

We made it to Potsdamer Platz and the Sony Center as the sun was coming out from behind the clouds. It has fantastic architecture and design. This photo doesn’t do it justice. It’s a huge entertainment, bar, and restaurant area. The light pockets that shine in throughout the day must be a photographer’s heaven.

Chains hang down from a bike rack outside the Sony Center, June 2, 2012, in Berlin, Germany. Ethan Klosterman

The roof of the Sony Center is seen, June 2, 2012, in Berlin, Germany. Ethan Klosterman

A general view of Potsdamer Platz is seen, June 2, 2012, in Berlin. Ethan Klosterman

We left Potsdamer Platz and set off for the zoo. We ended up finding it, but unfortunately it had closed for the evening. We did manage to find a random park party/concert with some nice German-ish reggae.

Enjoying the freedom to do what we pleased, we continued walking. We ended up on Kurfürstendamm. It’s the boulevard that’s home to stores like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Rolex, Prada, Armani, etc. Wikipedia tells me it can be considered the Champs-Élysées of Berlin. $Big money$

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It’s also the home of the $1,600 baby stroller that my Dad thought my sister Shannon would love.

The top architecture of the Berliner Volksbank on Kurfustendamm is seen, June 2, 2012, in Berlin, Germany. Ethan Klosterman

After walking block after block and still finding more swanky stores, it was now almost completely dark and time for us to head back into the city.

Berlin was one of my favorite cities. I’m not sure why it is, but I’ve made a list of my top ten reasons that I can put my finger on. I really want to go back and explore some more… and maybe even live for an extended period of time.

Nine reasons why I really liked Berlin:

  1. History- WWII, Cold War
  2. Architecture- new & old
  3. Liter beers
  4. Giant soft pretzels
  5. German seems like a language I could get used to. I took maybe four German classes in 6th grade. I still remember how to count from 1-10.
  6. Seems really clean (Subways, streets)
  7. Currywurst
  8. The doors to the S and U Bahns will open before the train comes to a complete stop. Sure it’s relatively less safe, but it’s a more efficient and faster way to unload passengers.
  9. As far as I know, all of my family is from Germany (Oldenburg to be precise). Enough said

With two fun, full days plus an evening spent in Berlin, we were off to our next destination and the place we knew the least about: Prague in the Czech Republic!

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