As seen and photographed through the bus window last month on a cloudy day…
Artists from all over were invited to come to Germany and “beautify” the walls. These were in an area apart from the Checkpoint Charlie location (we visited there a few years ago), so we had never seen them before.
Something new we learned on the tour commentary is that those rounded rubber tops of the wall were put there because they were very effective in keeping folks from crossing over them. All Germans (not just those in the former western part of the divided country) are still paying 5.5% in taxes that go to the rebuilding of the E German infrastructure (only). None of the funds go to private individuals or companies. A lot of progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go.
I am glad we have seen these pieces and places of history, but we don’t necessarily need to go back there and revisit. There are still a few destinations left on our bucket list that need to be checked off.
And now back to the regularly scheduled paper shuffling for Wednesday. Where are my assistants???
Life is not a dress rehearsal, y’all! Get out and enjoy yourself.