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Archive for Germany

Skywatch from Reichstag

reichstag roof clouds berlin

View from Reichstag roof (Berlin, Germany)

Ackerstraße

ackerstrabe berlin wall memorial gedenkstatte berliner mauer

Ackerstraße (Berlin Wall Memorial)

The Berlin Wall ran along Bernauer Straße and closed Ackerstraße at the corner when it was built in 1961. The official demolition of the border fortifications began in June 1990 at the corner of Bernauer Straße and Ackerstraße.

Nazis and such

Nazi Olympic Bell

Having recently spent four days in Germany, it seems odd to find myself back in the USA with a bunch of Nazi stuff happening here. While Trump does all that he can to defend the alt-right, free speech for hate groups, and other such nonsense, Germany has actually banned free speech and symbols when it comes to Nazis, etc.

Today’s photo is a rare exception. This is a symbol on the bell that Hitler had crafted for the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. While the swastika, Nazi salutes, etc. are banned in Germany, this image on the bell at Olympic Stadium has been allowed to exist. (There are actually two swastikas on the bell as well, something I never saw elsewhere in Berlin.)

A couple weeks after I was in Berlin, Chinese tourists did a Nazi salute, for a photo, and were promptly arrested. They had to pay a huge fine before being released. It’s strange to say, but maybe the USA should follow the lead of Germany in banning hate speech at some point.

Reichstag dome

Reichstag dome

@slowberlin #Berlin

Kids diving at Olympic Swim Stadium

Olympiapark Schwimmstadion Berlin Olympic Swim Stadium

Berlin Olympic Swim Stadium

@BerlinTourism @I_love_Berlin @slowberlin

Seeing so many people enjoying an Olympic facility on a hot, summer day brought a smile to my face. This was the aquatics venue (located in Berlin, Germany) constructed for the 1936 Summer Olympics.

Nervosa @ Sage Club (Berlin, Germany)

sage club berlin nervosa Fernanda Lira

Fernanda Lira

@nervosathrash @NapalmRecords

I accidentally got double booked for Thursday evening in Berlin. The good news was Nervosa went on after Marillion and Berlin’s public transportation is rather efficient. So after Marillion I jumped on the U to go see Nervosa at Sage Club, the first live venue I’ve been to that features a fire-breathing dragon. The place was a trip. Check it out even if Nervosa isn’t playing the next time you are in Berlin.

Nervosa was as awesome as ever. I’ve now seen them in three different countries. More photos of them on this evening and at Gefle Metal Festival will be posted here soon.

sage club berlin nervosa

Nervosa @ Sage Club (July 20, 2017)

sage club berlin nervosa Prika Amaral

Prika Amaral

sage club berlin nervosa Luana Dametto

Luana Dametto

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