May 5, 2012 Leave a comment
Two weeks ago, a travel website named this blog one of the top Berlin blogs, citing my “fresh” views on German culture and Berlin. Since then, I’ve done everything in my power to disprove this notion by ceasing to post anything new.
I’ll try to remedy that, starting with a post that’s admittedly not terribly fresh.
On a beautiful Saturday several weeks ago, a friend and I took a stroll through the Tiergarten, Berlin’s second-largest park (behind the former Tempelhof airport) and certainly its grandest. The park is full of little treasures. One of my favorites is the memorial to gay Holocaust victims, an anonymous-looking box that curious (and sometimes homophobic, or at least not very homosexuality-exposed) visitors approach and peer into, only to back away in shock as they see a video of same-sex couples making out vigorously.
That doesn’t lend itself very well to photography. But this does:
If you look closely, you’ll see the word “love” inscribed along the central polished ribbon of this beautiful stone in different languages. That’s because it’s the love stone. Sounds innocent enough — except that it’s maybe the most controversial rock in the world.