Last summer, Katie and I traveled to Berlin, where she lived for two years. Katie was a great tour guide, taking me to her old haunts and to the city's many parks and tourism attractions. I had a great time getting to know this world-class city for two full weeks. Many thanks to Maor, Christina and Liese for hosting us. I hope to see you again in the next few years.
Here are a few of my pictures from our trip:
You can swing in front of the Berlin Wall.
Can you spot him?
Did you know I recorded a podcast with Liese, who grew up in West Berlin before the wall came down? You can listen to her story here.
The places where the wall was torn down are clearly marked.
These spikes used to sit between the walls to discourage jumpers.
There were actually two Berlin Walls, controlled by opposing forces.
There's more to Berlin than the wall. For example, you can see where Michael Jackson dangled his baby outside a hotel window.
And there's the famous Brandenburg Gate.
Grunewald is a giant forest park, west of Berlin.
Couples secure these locks to symbolize their everlasting love.
Berlin serves as a living monument to the ravages of war. Kaiser Vilhelm church was partly destroyed in World War II.
A new church is next to it, with blue stained glass windows lining the interior.
The U-Bahn is Berlin's utilitarian subway system.
The cars are clean and you can usually find a seat.
At Winterfeldplatz market, foodies can find lots of great deals.
There's always plenty of fruit for sale.
This guy was selling natural pillows, stuffed with grains.
Berlin is known for its festivals. This one was in remembrance of the 2010 Love Parade disaster, during which 21 people died from suffocation.
You can drink alcohol freely on the street in Berlin.
A common sight in Berlin.
Checkpoint Charlie, the former division between East and West, is now a tourist attraction.
There are many Turkish markets in the city.
Train tracks, abandoned buildings, graffiti.
Tempelhof Field used to be the airport. It has been decommissioned and is currently a giant park.
Barbed wire still exists in many places.
The Reichstag is the futuristic building where the federal government meets.
The main building is old.
Old friends reunited: Dan, Katie and Kevin.
Did you know I recorded a podcast with Kevin? He talked about bicycling across America, in the shape of a mustache. You can listen to it here.
Thanks to Maor, Christina and Liese for hosting us!
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