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Holly and I have made it home from Europe, and as promised, prepare yourself for a barrage of posts about our time there. :) We had a wonderful time, as usual, and have lots of stories to tell.
It occurred to me the other day that I’ve never spoken much about the city we’ve been going to in Poland for the last 3 Summers. I’ve introduced you to the missionaries we’ve partnered with, I’ve given you a taste for what we do there, and I’ve introduced you to some of the people we’ve met along the way (here and here)… but never spoken just about the city itself. Well, I thought I’d fix that and spend a couple of weeks showing you the city we’ve become so fond of.
Szczecin, Poland is probably not a city you’ve heard of, or at least I hadn’t until we met the Ozannes. Like many places in Poland, Szczecin has a hard history, but has emerged as a beautiful and thriving metropolis. It is roughly the same size as Knoxville (bigger in land mass but smaller in overall population), and has a river that flows through it that brings a lot of life to the city.
Like Knoxville, Szczecin may never make any “have to see before you die” lists, but also like Knoxville, it is a place I feel drawn to. In both cities I have relationships that I feel will be life long, and in both cities I feel like I have purpose.
It’ll be interesting to see where this all goes.
Checkpoint Charlie is probably one of the more well known sites in Berlin from the Cold War era of the city, and while there is a lot of history to this location, it is a bit overrated. There is, frankly, just not much to see here. The guard house from this famous crossroad of the former East and West Germany remains, as does the “You are leaving the American sector” sign, but that’s really it. If you’re really in need of a momento, for 2 euros you can have your picture made with two German guys dressed as US soldiers, with the guard house serving as a backdrop.
Checkpoint Charlie is a stop on all the “hop on, hop off” bus routes, so if you find yourself on one of those, it is worth the stop just to say you’ve been there. Adjacent to the guard house is a small outdoor museum associated with the “Black Box”, which is very informative about the history of the wall and Checkpoint Charlie. From there you can walk West on Zimmerstrasse and you’ll find the longest remaining, unrestored section of the Berlin Wall. In its shadow you’ll find a free outdoor museum chronicling the rise and fall of the Nazi party, which my wife and I found extremely interesting and informative. Unfortunately half of the exhibit was closed this year due to maintenance, but it was still worth visiting. This section of the Wall is also a stop on the “hop on, hop off” buses, so you can be picked up here if you like.
All in all, the area around Checkpoint Charlie is extremely interesting and worth a time investment… I just found the site itself to be a bit disappointing.
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