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Check point Charlie

I thought I'd be able to supress the cold that's been trying to slow me down, with lots of booze, but the cold has finally defeated the alcoholic antibodies and has won. I figure it's only going to get worse, so I figured that I might as well go see as much as I could today.

After waking up a little late, I started off for the Jewish Museum. It's fairly new and has the most interesting architecture I've seen so far. The entire building is in a giant zig zag shape with no square angles throughout the museum, except for a memorial outside. The entire building makes you a bit disoriented as the floors even slope on the bottom floors.

The museum is made of up three themes: Axil of exile, axis of holocaust and the axis of continuity. The axis of exile was the most moving.

Part of the outside of the building
It consisted of one room, which you enter through a heavy iron door. Inside, it's a tall, empty room, with a weird triangle shape. There's nothing in it but a small sliver of a window way at the top and a ladder that is too high to reach. The architect leaves the meaning up to the person inside the room. It creeped me out quite a bit and no one inside talks, just contemplates the horrible things that have happened to the jewish people.

The axis of holocaust is symbolized by a room with a floor covered in iron disks shaped like faces. They all look to be either screaming or crying. You're supposed to walk on them and when you do, it makes a eerie sound. Very creepy / thought provoking.

In the upstairs, there's a museum of the history of Jewish people in Europe. Interesting, but the thing that caught my attention was the overall architecture of the building which has areas with nothing in them to symbolize history lost by the holocaust and other murders of the jewish people, which are called voids. The museum was very interesting and well worth the 5 euros for admission.

After leaving the mueseum, I wandered through the places that I had seen on the tour yesterday but didn't get a chance to really look at.

Overall, a nice, relaxing day, finished off by one of the best burgers I've ever had, which I got at the White Trash Fast Food restaurant. I had walked by the other day and had to try the food :)

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Check point Charlie
Check point Charlie
Part of the outside of the building
Part of the outside of the building
Memorial at the jewish museum whic…
Memorial at the jewish museum whi…
The iron faces
The iron faces
Sliver of light in the Axis of Exi…
Sliver of light in the Axis of Ex…
Bike paths everywhere!
Bike paths everywhere!
Communist era stop light
Communist era stop light
Parts of the Berlin Wall
Parts of the Berlin Wall
A stretch of the wall still standi…
A stretch of the wall still stand…
Communist painting
Communist painting
Berlin
photo by: CFD