“Berlin, remember my time with you back in the summer of 87′, then again the fall of 89′, and yet one more time on my latest visit of 2019?”
Arriving autumn 2019 late in the morning after traveling almost 24 hours, the Tegel International Airport looked frumpish and out-dated. So naturally Tegel gave me no clues to the transformation I was about to realize in Berlin. Determined not to miss anything, my eyes foraged around as I studied the environment. No doubt, I was anxious how to fit in.
As I approached the inner workings by public transportation, I could hear three languages spoken including English. Tugging my suitcase off the ramp’s bus, the fresh air was calm giving me an inner sense of belonging. It was the beginning of understanding how much I would feel at home. The years of reunification have smiled on you Berlin.
Respecting not only the evolution of once a cruel divided city to one of forbearing ways with a sense of sweet-tempered people surrounding me, Berlin has grown up into a beautiful, magical place with great potential realized. The people have done well with the complexities of its architecture, urban planning, technology, history, and last but not least fun spaces for every age.
I was apprehensive about my trip, but your people kept me from being frantic. Berlin’s humanity is found trustworthy and accepting. History, of course, brings memories of soldiers so long ago who came to your city to bomb you to death. Some of those soldiers never to come home. Here though I come to you on a vacation and think upon this time with so many emotions, but I undoubtedly see walking along your streets poignant tributes to all of fallen humanity. This a sign of your soaring stature in all of the world. There is no other like Berlin- a model city for all of us to emulate and learn from indeed.