Monday, October 24, 2005
Take a look at pictures from my recent trip to Berlin, a city still showing the scars of the 20th century. (Just click on the headline above.)
A couple of notes of interest:
-I was based in, and spent the majority of my time in East Berlin.
-as told by locals, East Berlin is more scenic because the former East Germany did not have any money to revamp or raze WWII damaged buildings. Consequently, there are more old streets and old buildings on the Eastern side.
-the most interesting thing that I saw didn't make it into the pictures. It was the Eastern culture, characterized by row upon row of uninspiring "Worker's Paradise" apartment buildings.
Uncommon Man's Creed
"I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon -- if I can. I seek opportunity -- not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I wish to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole, I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence, nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master, nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud, and unafraid, to think and act for myself, to enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, "this I have done." All this is what it means to be an American." -- Anonymous