Another Lake

Trip Start Jul 16, 2013
Trip End Oct 07, 2013

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Flag of Germany  , Berlin,
Friday, August 2, 2013

Back to Weißensee for more Russian. Looks like another statue to a socialist worker... I had to do the usual corny crap with the cap,

There are people swimming everywhere but there's only one spot with a beach - and you have to pay to get in. It's not a municiple thing, it's like a beach bar. That's it in the distance.

Just another view of the lake and the fountain in the middle.

A plaque commemorating the first person killed trying to flee to the west following the erection of the wall. Well, before they built the wall they just withdrew permission for people to travel to the west. One day they could, the next they couldn't. These were Germans shooting fellow Germans.

This bloke nearly made it across the canal but a guard took a pot-shot at him and hit him in the head.

Now there's a street in the east named after him.
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Axe on

Where to next Bob?

budz888 on

Still undecided... but a decision will be made soon...

Anthony Havens on


budz888 on

One would I suspect need a Russian visa...

Anthony Havens on

Unfortunately yes, would be interesting though - I mean nobody ever seems to ever go there. Who today has even heard of it and its fate at the end of the war? A popular genealogical program on UK TV "Who do you think you are?" (silly title) had a local Jewish actor "David Baddiel" visit in order to research his family history, but there was only a vague passing mention of the German populace "having to leave" or some such euphemism.

Anthony Havens on

Since you are in that area and are not sure where to go next, why not? A bit of one-upmanship on DW who likes to top everyone else's travel stories with "the most amazing place I've been to is Antarctica"...!

budz888 on

I certainly would but the visa to Russia is the stumbling block. Fascinating history too. As you say no-one knows, but it was German - and they all had to leave. Emmanuel Kant lived his whole life there.

Anthony Havens on

Is it really that difficult to get a Rusiian visa? Or is there some reason why you can't get one? Berlin should be one of the easiest places to get it. Would be fascinating to hear from there, and just think about the Rusiian-speaking possibilities.

budz888 on

Yeah, I think it's a bit of a pain in the neck. You're supposed to have organised accommodation for each day, that sort of thing. Or you pay some company and they falsify everything and no-one cares. I'll put it at the top of my list for next year.

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