Photo of the Day: Bursting Through the Berlin Wall

by Ekua on November 9, 2011 in captured on memory card,Germany,street art

As I was sifting through photos last night, I came across this shot of one of the coolest murals I saw in the street art-friendly city of Berlin. I spotted it at the East Side Gallery, a long stretch of murals that cover a section of remnants of the Berlin Wall.

The car smashing through the wall is a Trabant, the main vehicle of the German Democratic Republic (the former East Germany). The license place displays the date, November 9, 1989. That was the day the Berlin Wall fell.

I remember that day and the events that followed. I saw images of it on the news. Crowds poured across the border, people partied on top of the wall, and the emotions were intense. I was way too young to have any idea why such a border could exist and what the fall of it really meant, but I knew it was something big.

My young mind also couldn’t have imagined that almost twenty-two years later, I’d find myself standing in some of those same places I saw on the news, now with an understanding of that wall’s significance and a palpable sense of the potency of witnessing and experiencing history.

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Herb November 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

as usual, very cool post.

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Ekua November 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Thanks!

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B. November 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I’ve been itching to go to Berlin for some time now. I’ve heard the street art is amazing! So cool you’ve been there. Great post.

Love your blog!

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Ekua November 14, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Yup, street art and graffiti are pretty big there. It’s a really interesting city for that kind of thing.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, glad you like 🙂

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Felicity December 11, 2011 at 3:00 am

This is really cool! We’re going to Berlin over New Years so I was just doing some research and came across your blog. Thanks for helping get us excited about the trip!

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Ekua December 11, 2011 at 10:22 am

Cool, glad you like it! I have a lot more Berlin posting to do, but I won’t really fully get around to it until I finish blogging about Mexico!

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