Berlin breaks through

Berlin breaks through

Echoes of dark history weave in and out of Berlin´s well-maintained thoroughfares. Black-and-white images of military tanks rolling down Friedrichstrasse appear when I close my eyes across from Checkpoint Charlie.

It is difficult to believe that pangs of terror vibrated just outside Berliners´ windows as the city became the focal point in so many of history´s events of the 20th century. It chills me to imagine walking through Germany´s capital less than one century ago, and to think about rebuilding a city that had seen so much devastation.

Decades later, though, an outdoor beach club sits catty-corner from Checkpoint Charlie, where lounge chairs rest on sand; beers and curry wurst are served; and a live brass band plays once the skies have cleared from a temporary but heavy rain shower. Comparable to Berlin´s tumultuous past, the sun can shine again.

The Sound of Salzburg

The Sound of Salzburg

Happily ever solo

Happily ever solo