September 11, 2014
Forever 21 tank and trench coat
The Berlin Wall hasn’t always been one of the top spots to hit up while in Europe for the longest time, and I’m so grateful that I finally got the chance to check it off my to-do list. To be able to see this major part of world history in real life was mind blowing. Today, decorated by the art and creative imaginations of Berlin’s youth, the Berlin Wall physically expresses what Berlin has come to be as a city full of liberal minds in action. A place where the freedom to express yourself in whatever way that speaks true to you is stood up for with vigor, and is allowed to peacefully co-exist alongside each other. It was fantastic to walk the entire length of what is still left of the wall that was originally meant to divide West and East Germany in the 1960s due to differing political stands, with East Berlin using the wall as protection from the spilling over of capitalism into East Germany from the west. Still, a huge majority of the people of Berlin would take none of this. A divided Germany, or more so, an entirely divided eastern and western Europe, could not flourish. Despite the fact of how hard it was to cross the wall, many still attempted to and some died because of it. Weeks of civil unrest called for a cease of anti-emmigration over the wall. East Berlin and West Berlin could once again be united, and slowly the wall was chipped down to what it is today. Representing the strength of unification of the people who stand for a country that goes beyond the politics of the governments that ruled them. Instead they chose to rule themselves. The story is amazing. And here’s a little piece of history (general history at least ha) for you.
The beautiful and unrested street art and graffiti found all over Berlin, and mostly in the east side of Berlin, is a reflection of its struggles and the widespread cultural influences of the city that the people of Berlin fully embrace with open arms. I felt the magic as I walked the streets.
Suarez Sister’s Guide to Berlin with Forever 21 coming later this month!!!
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