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My travel to Berlin was a last-minute decision.
While traveling around the world I never forget a tradition that I love: going on a trip with my parents once a year. I feel so lucky to have such a great relationship with my parents and traveling with them makes me extremely happy.
We sit down and start thinking of places where none of us has been and then we book.
This time we chose Berlin. Very quickly. Maybe too quickly.
Nothing against Berlin, absolutely! In fact, we loved the city! Let’s just say that maybe the next time that we decide to travel together in February we’ll choose a warmer destination!
As soon as we arrived in Berlin, we found ourselves in a 1 Celsius degree land. It was so cold that even the Germans were covered up!
The following days the temperature got even colder. How we missed that 1 Celsius degree that we hated so much on our first day!
Jokes and cold aside, we really liked Berlin!
Starting with the efficiency of the city services and public transportation.
Berlin is lively, dynamic, cosmopolitan.
The city was torn apart during the Second World War but the German people never gave up and rebuilt what was destroyed.
The most extraordinary aspect of Berlin is that this city can mix the accounts of past events with incredible modernity of today’s constructions. Like the future and the past are constantly connected in a unique way.
The remains of the Berlin wall are a perfect example. The fall of the Berlin wall was an extraordinary event. After 30 years the Germans could finally put an end to that concrete barrier that destroyed their freedom. But they decided anyway to keep some fragments of the wall to keep its memory alive.
The East Side Gallery is the longest section of the Wall. It’s 1300 meters long. Artists from all over the world went to Berlin to paint the wall with fantastic images, adding a beautiful touch of the modern to an old piece of history that belongs to an inconvenient past.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is another example: it’s a state-of-the-art construction of concrete slabs placed in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust. The Memorial is an original and innovative work of art that invites people to reflect and to remember that horrible tragedy.
And I think that this is the message the Berlin wants to leave us: we have to look forward, evolve and jump into the future, but we must never forget our past.