The Berlin Fascination

Watching the documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years” the other night, I realised there still were two excellent albums for me to discover. I somehow lost The Next Day––which, I was sure, I bought and saved it somewhere––and, knowing it was supposed to be his parting gift, I’ve never been able to fully listen to Blackstar.

As per the documentary though, Blackstar was never supposed to be a goodbye so I might give it a go now. Funny how the mind works.

At some point, it struck me how the song Where Are We Now? is about Berlin. That information was lost, too. Seeing Berlin again and hearing the lyrics, reminded me of a recent trip to the German capital, and how much I missed it afterwards.

Berlin Victory Column
Berlin Victory Column

All the photos are still stored – only a few of them published on Flickr and Instagram – but I spend quite a lot of time going back to them, making changes and generally trying to render the atmosphere and feelings I experienced when I took them.

Berlin is well known for being a cool ever-changing city. By just walking around, it is possible to understand it is going somewhere. Only, the destination is unknown, and nobody is running.

Rosenthaler Straße by Night
Rosenthaler Straße by Night

Changes and renovations didn’t erase the memories of Berlin’s history and legacy. Sections of the Wall, memorials and museums are a constant reminder of the past.

Wall at Berlin Wall Memorial
Wall at Berlin Wall Memorial

Stories and facts are still discussed, and passed on to the younger generations. We even participated in a fascinating talk at the hotel we stayed.

The Berlin Room
The Circus Hotel, Berlin

I can’t put into words what I like so much about Berlin; probably I’ll figure it out one day. For now, I can only start publishing some of the photos taken, wondering whether the post-processing will be the final one.

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