Wanderlust 2017: Built Not on Stability, But Change

We made it to our final stop in Germany, and I couldn’t have been more excited. I kept daydreaming about walking along the Berlin Wall seeing not only historical sites, but the artwork that has been created all over it.

Checkpoint Charlie

For many, when they hear Berlin, “Checkpoint Charlie” comes to mind. Checkpoint Charlie was the Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. The only way to describe what it looks like today is gray. The scenery is gray, the streets are covered in gray, and the mood is gray – doesn’t help that it was raining.

The Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column

We saw quite a few historical sites, including Alexanderplatz and Carlottenburg Palace. But the two that stick out the most in my mind are the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column.

The gate is built on the site of an old city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel. It’s located in the western part of the city and is surrounded by embassies and government buildings.

The column, also located in west Berlin represents the Prussian victory against the Danish in the Danish-Prussian War.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews

We had the opportunity to stop over at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Berlin. The memorial was designed by Peter Eisenman and Buro Happold. There are 2,711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern. The slabs vary in height and it’s quiet interesting to walk through and look at. It’s very deeply thought out as a stand alone piece of artwork and I recommend everyone to walk through.

The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall has many different environments in which it lives. Parts go through memorial parks, other parts aka the East Side Gallery go along the highway and river covered with art, and other parts do not exist and are represented with markings. It’s truly immaculate. Here are some of my favorite parts:

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The Matrix

One of the evenings, we went to The Matrix discotech. It was…interesting. As you walk around the corner of what seems to be an abandoned warehouse, men line the streets trying to sell you basically every drug under the sun. It was overwhelming and I walked really fast out of the fear that for some reason I would be taken…and ain’t nobody got time for that.

When you enter (free coat check), you are hit with a wall of humidity and your eyeline spans across a bunch of fist pumping metrosexuals. Every single man was metro and for me (I like a more manly man), it was the beginning of a nightmare.

But it wasn’t and I was just being dramatic. We had fun, the music wasn’t terrible, and the drinks weren’t very expensive. Also, every hotel has 50% admission tickets, so we paid $6 to get in (most places want $15-20 at the door).

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All in all, Berlin was pretty amazing. Now off to Amsterdam!!!

P.S., those looking for green in Berlin, it’s easy to find. This link describes exactly how to and what to expect. 

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