One of the things I love about this city is that it confronts it’s difficult history head on. I’ve been to several of the museums and exhibits on previous visits, and I’m always impressed.
I woke to a cold and slightly snowy Berlin. After a lazy breakfast, it was time to head out.
This time I had decided to take a walk along the East Side Gallery. When the wall was opened, much of it was demolished but this section was turned over to artists, who created a mix of political, humorous and satirical works.
They were subsequently restored in 2009 and I suspect the themes of a number have been updated in more recent times. I’m not going to say lots but here is a representative sample of the 100+ murals on display.
After this, I then met up with my friends in advance of the evening’s concert.
The last time I saw Anna was a couple of months before the pandemic began, in Warsaw. To see her again, and to meet up with friends that I’ve only spoken with online, or have not seen in over 3 years made for a very special afternoon and evening. Having front row centre seats reserved for us was a further treat, especially given that the show was sold out.
The audience was treated to a super evening with a surprising amount of new music, as ever challenging us to listen to every note. They responded with a standing ovation, which probably says all that needs to be said.
We ended the evening talking into the small hours with our dear Polish friends. I love this group of people so much. It’s now nearly 17 years since I discovered this music and it continues to reward and excite me, and to give some of the most special friendships I ever made ❤️