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.


Ekua November 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm



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!


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 🙂


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!


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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