EX­PLOR­ING THE BER­LIN WALL

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Of course, no trip here is com­plete with­out vis­it­ing the fa­mous Ber­lin Wall. Up un­til to­day, this is the pride and joy of the Ger­mans as this wall sym­bol­ises both sad­ness and the suf­fer­ing of the lo­cals and their joy and free­dom when it was brought down in 1991. Un­like the Great Wall of China, this wall is di­vided into dif­fer­ent seg­ments and since it was bro­ken down, bits and pieces of the wall have been scat­tered around the area. To­day, most parts of this wall are used as a plat­form for graf­fiti artists to show­case their talent. Af­ter a few weeks, the draw­ings are erased to give way to other artists to put up new draw­ings.

The re­mains of the wall can be found at the Old St Hed­wig Ceme­tery and Mau­soleum, Böse­brücke, Guts Park, Mauer­park and Pots­damer Platz. Out of all these places, my ut­most favourite was the East Side Gallery as the draw­ings on these walls re­flected the true feel­ings of the Ger­mans to the changes they hope to see peo­ple around the world make, and Mauer­park as this is where the flea mar­ket and open mic per­for­mances are held ev­ery Sun­day. It was quite an ex­pe­ri­ence to see ev­ery­one come to­gether, sit in a cir­cle and let any­one per­form in the cen­tre while the crowd cheers for the per­son per­form­ing (talk about team spirit and unity)!

THE WALL DRAW­INGS ON THE EAST SIDE GALLERY

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