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... sat there for two hours. About 300 yards in front of us there was a serious accident. Cars and trucks had to moved over to allow ambulance, police and fire brigade through. We couldn't really see what was going on but when cars are driving 130ks and you have exits and entries and hundreds of trucks something is sure to go wrong. After two hours we were allowed ...
Berlin is making a conscious effort to not forget its past.
We didn't see any effort to whitewash its recent history. Instead, there are museums and monuments devoted to the two darkest chapters in this otherwise vibrant city.
Obviously, the Nazi era is front and center. But so is the repression of its citizens during the Soviet occupation of East Germany.
We came across a landmark that combines the two ...
... up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls." Have a cup of coffee, lady, a hot dog, son.
Standing between a couple of wall pieces wasn't so bad
But as a former member of the U.S. military I am embarrassed I was a part of this. Nice guys acting their roles, but neither military nor Americans they spoke very broken English. And the only thing military about those uniforms is the color green. No insignias of any type. When I asked who they were, who hired ...
... and the went to find some lunch. We eventually got a kebab (not as good as the one in Italy) and then walked to the Pergamon.
On the way we passed the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), the old Cathedral and Museum Island - which contains about 5 museums; including the Pergamon.
There was a big line to get in but because we had booked we were able to walk straight in. We left our bags in the Cloak Room and then went upstairs and ...
... essence, if you think Communism is working, come to Berlin. And then he said four words that moved people from West Berlin from liking him to loving him. He said, 2000 years ago, the proudest boast was, "I am a Roman." Today, that boast is different. He said, today, all free people are truly citizens of Berlin, and that is why today I tell you, "Ich bin ein Berliner." (I am a Berliner). Crowd went crazy. The man had a way of instilling hope ...