Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
171Trip End Oct 01, 2008
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We venture over to see the Berlin wall which isn't quite what I had expected but still turns out to be a very cool tourist site. The paintings have been either replaced or supplemented with graffiti and there is only a kilometer or so of wall actually left at this point. I am shocked to remember how recently the wall came down and am quickly reminded at how fast circumstances can change around you.
With that in mind, we next walked over to the Jewish Museum and saw two exhibits. The first was a collection of clichés and art related to stereotypes of all races, religions, and cultures which provides an extremely good introduction to the Jewish museum's permanent collection. My favorite piece in this introductory exhibit was a collection of 49 "Jewish" noses which were placed side by side on the wall to show the point that they are all completely different and there is no distinctly "Jewish" nose.
While the main exhibit really skirted the holocaust, it is still quite powerful and I find myself wondering how any Jewish person could live in this society that so brutally alienated and murdered their relatives and ancestors just 50 years ago! The piece that really caught my attention most was a so-called "void" that was an empty space in the museum through which you walked and stepped on iron faces of the lost lives and memories.
There was a whole lot more emotion involved in this experience but I think I will keep the most of it to myself, and it should suffice to say that it was an incredible few hours of contemplation. I can only imagine what it would be like to visit a holocaust museum here...
From here we head back towards her apartment, stopping at the local bar/pub/café that has a bunch of outdoor seats set up to watch the Euro 2008 Championships (football tournament). We find a swinging bench and enjoy the outdoor atmosphere as the whole neighborhood gathers to watch the matches. A few snacks and drinks later and we head home to get ready to head out for a night on the town with two of her friends.
Both guys are in town from LA doing an art exhibit in which each piece has two collaborating artists to create one work without ever meeting each other. The art-swap idea sounds very interesting and I'm quite curious to see the final products and each artist's reactions. I will have to get a report from Jess when the gallery is set up for public viewing.
Anyways, the night starts out harmlessly with a few more drinks at a nearby bar and no one really thinks twice when another bar is proposed.
The walk over seems to be a popular one as there are plenty of other people doing the trek and we wind up getting to the club in early daylight!
Now, to explain what this club was all about would be impossible in this forum, but I will give it my best shot so that you can have the faintest idea of what I experienced... walking up the stairs into the club I had a hard time thinking because the pulsating beats were exploding into my head as the flashing lights and lasers were blinding, if only momentarily.