Not one of your visits to the city of Berlin will be the same. Every time Berlin will look different, feel different. Berlin carries many faces: the city of continuous construction.
Buildings are being renovated, deep foundations are being laid for new ones. But it is not only the physical matter that’s under construction in Berlin. Of course I have only been visiting Berlin for a couple of days every time, but I do feel there is some kind of search for a final identity. Berlin is in transition, ever since the Berlin wall was torn down (or maybe even before that).
Maybe I am totally wrong here, correct me please. It might all be part of the normal development of every major city. However, I don’t think Berlin is like every major city, and certainly doesn’t show a ‘normal development’. Berlin carries a message to the world that is one-of-a-kind. But that message is all about transition. The Berlin Wall has even gone from a hated symbol of divide to a loved symbol of reunification!
An identity is being created in Berlin, but still there is work to be done. When I look at the many homeless people inspecting trash cans and sleeping in the Tiergarten park, the overwhelming street art or graffiti messages on many of its buildings, the mentioned disturbance of this identity building process by millions of incoming tourists, and the T-shirt of this girl downtown saying “Berlin – Poor but Sexy”, I believe Berlin is in transition.
Don’t get me wrong, that’s what makes this city attractive! It’s different every time: people change, construction projects are being delivered while the history of the city becomes an entrenched part of its attractive soul.
Paris and London are great.
Berlin is pure and sexy with an identity many cities can only dream of.
I am eager to show you much more of Berlin. Up next this month on Act of Traveling:
- (7, 8, 9 or even 10) Great things to do (with your kids) in Berlin
- The street art in Berlin: what’s the message?
“I am happy in Berlin” – MJ