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While you were asleep, from Copenhagen

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 by Dave Winer.

Another in a continuing series of overnight dispatches from your faithful European correspondent, me! Permalink to this paragraph

This time I'm coming to you from the SAS business class lounge at CPH, a real treat. Often on my European travels I end up exiting through Amsterdam or London with time to kill at Schipol or Heathrow, and they are completely chaotic toon-town messes. In comparison, the pace at CPH is leisurely and the Danish of course are great designers, so the place is super-comfortable and pleasing to the eye.  Permalink to this paragraph

While you, in the US, were asleep -- I left Berlin, and created some memories in a set of photos on Flickr. Click on the picture below to see the set.  Permalink to this paragraph

Reichstag (Parliament building) Permalink to this paragraph

In two days in Berlin you can do nothing but scratch the surface of one of its many surfaces.  Permalink to this paragraph

Berlin is to Germany what New York and Washington are to the US. It's both the capital and the cultural and business center. The place is bathing in history, and change. Just 20 years ago when the wall came down, the place was very different. Now what remains of the division is in photographs and video. I stayed in what used to be the eastern sector, but you couldn't tell. It was hard to imagine how the plush surroundings had been transformed so quickly. Perhaps the Soviet system wasn't so austere?  Permalink to this paragraph

I spent all of yesterday afternoon at the German History Museum, listening to the official story of the war and the wall from their point of view. There were some not-so-surprising surprises. They talk about losing the war. Where I come from, we talk about winning. They don't present their soldiers as heroes. How can a society survive that, I wonder. I did see one statue of a WWII era German soldier, just one. It left me with a sick feeling. The memorial to victims of the Holocaust also was very moving.  Permalink to this paragraph

There also is a Soviet War Memorial in Berlin. Permalink to this paragraph

Berlin is indeed where it happened. I don't have any special insights, nothing to offer that hasn't been said a million times before. The only difference is to feel it you have to put yourself inside it. Permalink to this paragraph

I followed a Russian tour group for a few minutes yesterday as they soaked in the history of their WWII victory. Some of them seemed old enough to remember. There were many Americans and British and French accents. Seems a lot of other people are curious to see what's in Berlin. Permalink to this paragraph

Everywhere you go in Berlin they're rebuilding. Many of the big tourist spots I saw just re-opened three or four years ago. The Brandenberg Gate and part of the plaza behind it were in the middle of the dead zone between the East and the West.  Permalink to this paragraph

Maybe there will be more conclusions, this all seems quite rough right now.  Permalink to this paragraph

PS: On a less heavy note, I had a delicious currywurst and last night there was a beautiful sunsetPermalink to this paragraph

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