This picture is from an event commemorating 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. A moving reminder of the momentus change that happened that November evening. Yet a sobering reminder as well that though the wall may be long gone, the effects of 40 years of separation take a lot longer to overcome.
At the Olympic Stadium in Berlin
The iconic Berliner Fernsehturm. It connects the city in so many ways. You can see it from lots of different places all across the city. Great for knowing which direction to head in!
One of my most poignant memories is going up to the viewing platform in in the summer of 1989. Just a few short months before the Wall came down but of course we didn’t know that at the time. I was looking out across the city when it struck me: this is one city! I could barely see the Wall at all and it was obvious how wrong the situation was. East and West were connected, were one.
One of the interesting dynamics of living in a major city is that I often don’t know how things connect above ground. I mostly travel on the U-Bahn (underground) and therefore am familiar with different neighbourhoods but have no idea what connects them.
Getting up high somewhere (the pictures below were taken from Panoramapunkt, rather than Fernsehturm) is always a revelation. Suddenly I understand what connects the city. Yes, it is a collection of different parts but it’s also a whole, it’s connected.