Aside from the Egyptian collection, I think the highlight of Stephen’s trip to Berlin is experiencing the Berlin Philharmonic in person. I stayed up late in California, and waited for the tickets to go on sale. We were very lucky to have scored 2nd row seats. Even though it wasn’t center, they were still really great seats, and not that expensive for 92 euros.
From our hotel, we went back to the museum area and took the bus to the venue. We arrived with plenty of time to pick up our tickets at will call, walk around, and even had a snack and drink.
The conductor was Simon Rattle, an Englishman. Aside from that, I really didn’t know much about the event, or the music we were listening to, which makes me sound very uncultured.