Two days of Berlin
By Mostafa Elyasian
This summer my wife and I flew to Berlin for two days. Berlin is the largest city and the capital of Germany. If you want to get to know Berlin, you need a lot of time. But we only had two days. Berlin is full of people and tourists, similar to Tehran. There seem to be different rules and laws here than in the Iranian capital. The police have a lot to do in Berlin.
One of the places I saw was the leftovers of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 and torn down in 1989. This wall divided the city into East and West. Only a few were allowed to cross this border. I remember when I was 10 years old that the fall of the Berlin Wall was shown on Persian television. Although I knew nothing about the politics of Germany or the country itself, I was happy about the Wall crumbling down. When I saw the pictures of the Germans celebrating, I felt that something very good had happened.
During these two days in Berlin we took a boat trip on the Spree and saw a lot: the Bundestag, the Checkpoint-Charlie-Museum, the World Time Clock and the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz, the Brandenburg Gate, and – the Chancellor and her police escort! When I saw the Berlin Wall, I thought that the Germans must have had a hard time during and after the war.
My conclusion: Berlin is a very vibrant city and I would like to travel there again.