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The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall: A Symbol of Division and Unity

Today, I will share my experience of visiting the Berlin Wall, which once stood as a stark symbol of division. Yet today, 34 years after its fall on November 9th, 1989, it represents unity and the triumph of freedom.

For nearly three decades, the wall served as a physical and ideological barrier between the Communist and non-Communist worlds, a chilling reminder of the Cold War tensions that gripped the globe.

But on that fateful day in 1989, the world watched in awe as the wall crumbled, opening a path towards a brighter, more unified future.

Standing before the remnants of the wall, I couldn’t help but feel the weight of history and the magnitude of the moment.

The jubilation and celebration that followed were a testament to the enduring power of freedom, a treasure we often take for granted until it’s threatened.

Join me as I delve into the history of the Berlin Wall, explore its impact on both sides and share personal reflections on what it means to witness such a potent symbol transformed from an embodiment of oppression and division into a monument to hope and unity.

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Inside the Gas Chamber in Auschwitz, Poland – The tragic road of death

Today, I am going to share the chilling history I witnessed firsthand during my visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Thousands of prisoners were forced to walk the tragic road of death under the horrific regime of Adolf Hitler.

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Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Tour – A review!

Hold up, football fans! (That’s “soccer fans” for my American friends 😉).

Today, I want to share with you all about my experience checking off a major bucket-list item – touring the iconic Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious football venues, owned by the Real Madrid Club.

Real Madrid fan or not, this place is a sports lover’s dream. From the pitch to the trophy room, the excitement was off the charts.

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Einstein House Tour in Bern, Switzerland: A review!

Be it the internet, cell phones, TVs, digital cameras, MRI body scanners, and many other revolutionary things, we all owe them to Albert Einstein, the most influential scientist of the 20th century.

He spent much of his life in Switzerland, where he studied, worked, and found love.

But it’s within the heart of Bern, in a modest apartment building, where the secrets of Einstein’s genius truly lie.

It was here, at Kramgasse No. 49, that Albert Einstein lived, loved, and forever changed our understanding of the universe.

Step inside Albert Einstein’s house, now the Einstein Museum, and walk in the footsteps of genius!

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Charlie Chaplin house in Switzerland

Charlie Chaplin, one of the most powerful protagonists in world cinema spent the last 25 years of his life in Vevey Switzerland, one of the pearls of the beautiful Swiss Riviera.

While living in Lausanne, I got the opportunity to visit Chaplin’s World, the Charlie Chaplin house in Switzerland.

It was wonderful to know about the bright mind and creative man behind the baggy pants, tight coat, small hat, oversized shoes, and a cane in the hand through his everyday life, portrayed thoughtfully inside his house.

I gained insight not only about his personal life inside the mansion but also his artistic creations in the newly built studio film museum, in the same premise.

The visitors here get to see the recreated scenes and characters built with wax from the famous movies of our beloved tramp.

If you are like me whose childhood Sundays in India mostly began with a Chaplin show or are interested in Chaplin, the passionate artist, the comic genius, and the cinematic innovator who worked on both sides of the camera, come along with me and explore Chaplin’s world.

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After disembarking from the bus, Chaplin welcomed me with his wondrous and impish eyes at the bus stop named Chaplin.

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Christmas in Magdeburg – One of the oldest cities in Germany

On one fine chilly December morning, we boarded a train from Berlin to Magdeburg, to see and feel the Christmas spirit in one of the oldest cities in Germany on the river Elbe.

Christmas celebrations in old European cities with thousand year long histories have an unparalleled charm.

After boarding the train, the fresh sunlight slanted across the train window and I saw the slow unfurling of the winter morning from the train window.

I reached my destination after a little more than an hour, the journey being perfect for my brain to prepare for new scenes and scents.

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Hamburg – The Hanseatic harbor city!

My wintry wandering this year took me to a city, not primarily of painters, poets or prophets but of businesses, industries, and traders.

I tried to feel the pulse of the city and ended up with happy vibes brimming with the beauty of a different kind.

History draped houses, canals, lakes, and a large port give this city a unique character that settles comfortably into one’s memory and steps forth like old pals at the mention of Hamburg, the Hanseatic harbor city.

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A fairytale ride from Montreaux to Château-d’Oex in Switzerland!

I tried to organize all the higgledy-piggledy thoughts in my mind and found out most of the thoughts took a retreat from the mundane daily life and escaped to a world of a fairy tale.

After all, December brings Santa, snowman, snow-draped roads, reindeer along with blessings from Jesus.

Even an adult can choose to become that innocent child in the holiday season and escape into a different world; an uncomplicated, unambiguous and innocent world.

I chose to escape to the mountains. I boarded a train from Montreaux to Château-d’Oex, in Switzerland.

It is located half-way between the beautiful Gstaad in the Bernese Oberland and the small town of Gruyères in the canton of Fribourg. In fact, the international competition in hot-air ballooning is held every January in Château-d’Oex.

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