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... from it's early beginnings through it's dark periods of occupation and finally the united emergence back into the world 25 years ago.
A quick bite after the tour and it was on to the bar to watch the All Blacks beat the Poms and start the process of getting well liquored again, a number of beers and foosball followed.
Dinner for tonight was to be at somewhat of a Berlin institution called Mustafa Kebab, Rob had talked this up no end and to be ...
... instead of Pita. It was delicious.
N felt better the next day so we did the New National Gallery. It was a very cool underground space. Lots of awesome things in there too. We then headed to the Holocaust Memorial, N had to see it, well, because it is a must see. You really have to experience it if you have the chance. I then led N to the Brandenburg Gate, and we walked round to the Reichstag and back, after which I took N ...
... was denied this opportunity for nearly fifty years. This is not to say that Berlin did not go through a healing process in the years following World War II, but this process was certainly influenced but contradicting forces. Berlin's collective memory was interrupted for decades. It's healing process was forced to take a back seat to other global issues that were placed in the limelight as a result of the Cold War.
... that a subsidiary company of the company that provided Zyklon B to the Nazis were actually providing the chemical preventing people from spraying graffiti on the concrete slabs! As you can imagine this was a major news story. The company that provided the chemical used to murder 6 million Jews now provide (for free) a chemical to prevent graffiti on a memorial for the Jews. Weird! I learnt a new word in German which I can spell and pronounce (altogether ...
... wall. It was restored to its greatness in 2002, but even before that, one great event happened there. Ronald Reagan visited Berlin in 1987 and in front of that gate he made his famous request to Russian Premier Gorbachev. You may remember, he said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Less than two years later, the wall was down. That was a cool site.
Then I headed for the legendary Checkpoint Charlie. It was about 10 blocks away. I ...