At the beginning of the Christmas holidays, 57 Paulinas in the VI travelled to Berlin for a four-day exploration of its history. The majority of their time was spent visiting historical landmarks, such as the Bundestag and the Jewish Museum, via an intricate metro system (a challenge to say the least!) The girls were struck by the continual reminders of the city’s experience at the end of the Second World War. The half-destroyed churches and skeletal remains, deliberately left untouched, served as a subtle reminder of the Germans’ suffering. But a trip to the opera to see The Barber of Seville and multiple Christmas markets helped restore their good spirits.