Added some more - more to come!
OK -So today I saw the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and I have the audacity to sometimes complain!??!!?
Boy it put it all in perspective.
As I sit in my hotel room looking at a 1930’s era train station...I realize everything around it is new, relatively....Because everything else was destroyed in WWII. The Berliner Dome Cathedral has battle scars and was apparently 50% destroyed and only recently (last 30 years) rebuilt. The Reichstag dome was blown in and replaced with a clear glass version. There are still battle scars on the buildings.....Echoes of Ronald Reagan’s speech to Mikhail Gorbachev “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” is ringing in my ears as I pass 4 kilometers of wall that remains as a memorial...a constant reminder of a time that most wish to forget. Keeping in mind that the new generation will never know the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust, or WWII, perhaps there is some optimism around here.
The Glee Club sang vespers in the Dome Cathedral last night and a great concert tonight in the KulturRaum Zwingli-Kirche. The sound was incredible.