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Berlin – Wall Museum, Mauermuseum, Museum Haus am Check Point Charlie

Posted in Trip by xding78 on December 10, 2009

Long before I visited Berlin, I planned to visit the Wall Museum. Because the museum is really close to Check Point Charlie, it’s called "Museum next to Check Point Charlie". Check Point Charlie is still standing at the original place to remind us the not-so-long-ago history. There is a board next to the check point with two pictures on either side. From the previous western Berlin side, from south, you will see a picture of a Red Army soldier. From the other side you will see a picture of an American soldier.

It’s not allowed to take any photos in the museum. So I just took some photos around the museum. Interestingly there are many vendors selling army cap (looks like the army cap for the Red Army, but I am not sure). I remember the thick caps with an extension to protect ears were once very popular in China. I believe they are the best you could have in extreme cold weather.

There are also some vendors cleverly integrate "Check Point Charlie" in their names. Such as this snack bar, I believe it’s a Subway, calls itself "Snack Point Charlie". Even BMW Mini takes the ride.

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Berlin Trip – The Berlin Zoo

Posted in Trip by xding78 on December 9, 2009

Every time I went to the Zoo I always had mixed feelings. On one hand, I wonder if that’s the life they supposed to live. I couldn’t help wonder if they are aware of their captivity. On the other hand I love to see animals. They are so cute, and they remind me life could be that simple. Visiting zoos always reminds me my childhood. My mother would take to the local zoo. We would then feed monkeys, watch tigers, lions and bears. I only realized much later that it must have been a horrible life for these en-caged animals, the big predictors in particular. I then recalled how the lions and the tigers would walk very nervously around the 10 square meter cage, and how the bears would "stand" up and "hold" the bar of the cage. Anyway, I still cannot resist the charm of zoos. And I hope that my ticket would help to improve the conditions for all the animals in the zoo.

Here is a group of photos of Pelekans 

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Monkeys are always my favorite.

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I’m always curious what monkeys are thinking? Maybe they are like men. You think they are thinking about something serious but actually they were just wondering how a fly can stick to the ceiling.

   

A couple of other photos

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