Nov 11, 2009
Here are a few shots from the official Mauerfall celebration. It was a huge circus with tons of people, most of which weren't speaking German. It was also terrible terrible weather. I got these few shots before it really started pouring and we decided to spend the rest of the evening sitting comfortably inside a restuarant that was overlooking the dominoes. There were lots of speeches, lots of horribly cheesy music, but the domino thing did look pretty cool once they finally fell. I had intended to go to Bornholmerstrasse earlier in the day as well, but after I got nearly there I realized I had forgotten my memory cards and had to go home. Typical me. I think its great that they made such a big deal out of this anniversary - not just on November 9 but this whole past year. Anything that draws attention to the amazing city of Berlin and gets people visiting here I think is a good thing.
I say all the time how much I love Berlin and think its the best city in the world - and people always want me to explain why that is and I find I have a hard time putting into words what makes this city so special. Its just so lively, so accepting, so embracing of art, so open and free. Its inexpensive to live here so the people here are all (for the most part) real, normal, working people from literally all over the world. I love being surrounded by so much history and seeing how they rebuilt this city from rubble over the course of the past 60 years. I love the bike paths that make traveling on bicycle so easy, I love that harmless drugs have been decriminalized, that the city is full of parks, street art, art galleries and independent designers. I love all the second hand stores, flea markets, and farmers markets that go year round. I love the clean and cheap public transportation that makes having a car unnecessary and keeps the streets free from the congestion so many other cities are stricken with. I could go on and on.
Really, you should just come to Berlin and see for yourself :)