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Robert Taylor – February 25, 2008 08:02PM Reply Quote
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tliet – March 12, 2019 12:11AM Reply Quote
So, I knew for a very long time that Berlin was a cool destination but it wasn’t until we actually gotten around to visit the city when I realised that so much of modern history has taken place in the last 50 years on a few square kilometers, a mere 75 minute plane ride. I feel kind of stupid not going to Berlin in 1989 when the wall came down to see the remains of the DDR with my own eyes.

Still, Berlin leaves you wanting to see and experience more, it’s an increasingly spread out city, almost like a US city, i’m sure this is due to the fact that the city was almost completely flattened during ww2, much like my own town. The difference between Berlin and Rotterdam however is that the latter took the conscious decision not to rebuild the whole town in the 1950s and remained pretty empty until the late 90s. Berlin has a lot of 1950 and 1960s architecture and not only in the Eastern part.

Especially sobering is the Stasi museum which is located in the former Stasi hq, The massive site was secured immediately after the wall cams down by activists and has been open to the public since then.

We’ll be back here, too much to see here to fit in a few days.

El Jeffe – March 12, 2019 04:09AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
For me... watching the wall come down on our TV, brought tears of joy to my eyes.

Fast forward 27 years, and thinking back to MY DAD that fought in WWII... it AMAZED ME 3 years ago to have a daughter visit Berlin. Partly because she was so young, 15, but also because Dad would have been in disbelief and yes, like you said, in 75 "Short years"... amazing.

I hold up Japan and Germany to my children of examples of how the world can and does turn for the MUCH MUCH better....

tliet – March 12, 2019 02:43PM Reply Quote
Watching a film (in 4 parts on Dutch public broadcasting) about Hitler, a blueprint for dictators I can only share your hope that we can and will always do better. I fear that much of what has been learned is now being unlearned...

Edit; just saw my earlier post, iOS spelling recreated some words.



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Mokers (Moderator) – March 15, 2019 09:26AM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
Phred has been in NZ this week...

John Willoughby – March 15, 2019 09:59AM Reply Quote
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Oh, wow. A terrible time to visit a beautiful country.

ARL (Moderator) – March 15, 2019 11:31AM Reply Quote
Shit, I hope not in Christchurch,

(Which btw, is a beautiful small city. I got to see it before the earthquakes)

El Jeffe – March 15, 2019 02:55PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
IIRC NZ I've read has very restrictive immigration policies. (I could be totally wrong).
So much so that I've often wondered if it's an indicator of things along these lines:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/83258645/guy-williams-and-racism-that-could-have-been-me-out-there-in-the-nba-finals-if-it-wasnt-for-lebron-james
http://jemshed.com/2015/07/new-zealand-has-a-racism-problem/
https://wp.me/PxRDf-Kd

Granted, I've also read other societies/countries have their own very restrictive, legal, and social leanings towards not liking outsiders as well.
But for some reason, I recall hearing more about NZ voiced in travel blogs, and podcasts and such much more than many other places.

ARL (Moderator) – March 15, 2019 08:16PM Reply Quote
New Zealand has its problems, but I would argue it's almost "Scandinavian socialist" in terms of its policies on inclusion, multiculturalism & diversity.

Especially under the current government.

They actively celebrate, rather than attempt to assimilate, the culture/practices of the traditional peoples of New Zealand. They even have dual national anthems.

El Jeffe – March 16, 2019 06:07AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Good to hear. I've read/seen/heard again some of the opposite. Hopefully everyone can heal from this in due time.

El Jeffe – March 18, 2019 06:42AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Taking to parlor

tliet – April 14, 2019 06:27AM Reply Quote
So, apparently Game of Thrones is filmed in Dubrovnik, I didn't know this as I could not care less about the series. But HBO would be better off building a Game of Thrones theme park, as Dubrovnik is busy going under due to the unstoppable stream of Game of Thrones tourists.

ddt – April 14, 2019 09:23AM Reply Quote
In a month, I'll have a lot more time (but no income). So maybe I'll save up for a trip! Maybe see if I can get to Iceland cheaply, rent an adventure bike, pedal to huts near the glaciers, like these guys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk8FSzpH2nU

ddt

ddt – April 18, 2019 07:48AM Reply Quote
Inspiring story, but the video about her history and training sure doesn't sell Denmark as a fun place to be in the winter: https://cyclingtips.com/2019/04/raw-talent-a-conversation-with-annika-langvad/

ddt

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