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  • Writer's pictureJeanne Marie

Summer Solstice in Berlin, June 21

at the remains of the Berlin Wall

It is a partly sunny day and after breakfast we check out and hotel stored our luggage until we had to leave for the train. Our tour leader took us to meet with a former East Berlin resident who describer what life was like under East German rule and the Berlin Wall. We walked through neighborhoods of East Berlin and she described how the wall was built in just 24 hours. There were actually two walls an a no man's land between them. There were guard towers, lights, barbed wire, and patrols to keep the residents separated. The East Berliners were told that the wall was to protect them. There were many pictorial displays of how it looked from 1960 to 1989. There were also markers on the ground to show where the 23 tunnels were constructed of which only 2 were successful tunnels were built. Ater the tour, we stopped in the Berlin Wall museum to read more about the lives of the families living on both sides of the wall. Along the road, there were still some pieces of the wall that did not get torn down on November 9, 1989. Time to collect our luggage, eat, and walk to the train station to catch our train to Mannheim.

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