The recent 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall gives me a good opportunity to write about my trip to Germany’s capital. Berlin – I thought of depressing prefabricated apartment neighbourhoods and social disparities between poor and rich. But I found a very livable city with lots of parks, good shopping and a great restaurant/bar scene. Given the short amount of time I had, I joined a guided bicylce tour through the most interesting historic landmarks of the Cold War – I can highly recommend the team of Fat Tire Bike tours! The remnant of the Berlin Wall is now a gallery of some impressive art work, but sadly, “Checkpoint Charlie” – a former checkpoint between the American and Soviet sector – has been degraded to a commercialized tourist attraction. My second day was more chilled-out: Breakfast with view to the Brandenburger Gate and of course some Curry Sausage as a snack. But Berlin has so much more to offer and I could just get a glimpse of what might be behind its different faces. I hope to see more next time!
Two months later, a business trip took me to nearby Potsdam, a pretty little town surrounded by lots of lakes (perfect conditions for kayaking!) and a very cute neighborhood, the Dutch Quarter. Also Albert Einstein liked the tranquility of that place and built a house to work there during the summer months.