Friday, April 15, 2011

Berlin Three (Is A Magic Number)

There are vacant lots like this one in every street. And buying an apartment is still much, much cheaper here than in Stockholm, Paris, London or Milan. I wonder how long it will last.

I'm not big on monuments. But places like Brandenburger Tor, where history feels like yesterday is different. I had chills walking through the majestic arches, and it wasn't all from the wind.

Some places looked exactly like my image of Berlin. I was there for 48 hours and spent all my time in the old East, so I don't know if this goes for West as well. But this? Textbook.

Hello baby! They named a street after you! This is the first/last street on the East side after/before the wall. After this it was no man's land, war ministry, Brandenburger Tor and then bang! the wall.

Another image of East Berlin that looks like something I've dreamed up. Glücklich Am Park. Like a movie set.

The Holocaust memorial is awful. And I mean that in the best possible sense of the word. It was... real, for lack of a better word. Beautiful, disturbing, awful and amazing.

I tried to imagine these gaps being filled with cement, like they were uptil 1989. A whole world closed. And then on top, little holes where you could climb up stairs and sneak a peak into West. How did we ever think that this was a good idea? A wall. A wall, for God's sake.


RW said...

I loved these photos. Thanks for sharing. I think I have now put Berlin on my list of places to visit.

Anna Ander said...

Thank you. When you come to visit me, we can take a mini break there.

Anna said...

I have always dreamt of owning a sweet little apartment in Berlin. I even made a special flower vase my senior year of high school in honor of such hopes. perhaps, perhaps... ; )


Callie Grayson said...

great photos!
I know how you feel about the holocaust museum, the feelings you get in your heart and stomach. I can't do visits to places like that any more makes me to sad.

Anna Ander said...

Thanks, Callie! And I know what you mean. Still think it's worth it, though.

Anna, you should bring your vase this summer!