Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Remnants of the wall...

I was in Berlin this weekend with my parents. It was very interesting. My first time over there. We got to see a portion of the wall that is still standing. Most of the graffiti is gone from this section but you can still see some of it.

Since this is the 20th year since the fall of the wall there were other more well preserved pieced of the wall on display. It's quite amazing what was done with that wall. 150km around the city. And to keep people from escaping through the river which runs through the city, they put this spikey metal fencing in the water that would tear someone up if they jumped in. ugh! What a load of crap.

The one semi-nice thing that we read was that guards wouldn't shot directly AT someone trying to jump the wall. They didn't necessarily believe there should be a wall...

So...what a bit of culture this weekend. It definitely makes you think. And I'm happy that I didn't grow up in a city or country that did that. I feel bad for the Germans that had to live separated from family. Or that died trying to get to the West side.
Food for thought....what would you do if you found yourself in a situation where a wall was put up to keep you from going from one place to the next?

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