The Map Project – Berlin, Germany

Here is the next installment of The Map Project. Below is a photo of my contributors and the map they follow. Today we will be hearing from Deklan and his impressions of Berlin, Germany. Thanks Deklan and I wish I had tried the pastry.

The Map Project and the cool authors of it's posts

The Map Project and the cool authors of it’s posts


Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Hi. It’s Deklan. Eeva flew from Dublin to Berlin on March 23, 2015. Her arms must have been tired!

When she was in Berlin, she sent us a picture of the Brandenburg Gate.  It looked really  big and cool.  Berlin is the capital city of Germany.  It has a population of 3.5 million people. It is Germany’s largest city.  It has an area of 899 square km. It is 9 times bigger than Paris.

The Berliner is a famous pastry. It is a doughnut filled with marmalade. Wow! Those sound good!

A portion of the Berlin Wall left standing

A portion of the Berlin Wall left standing

Berlin has more bridges then Venice- yep. Really. Berlin has around 1700 bridges.  The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 kilometer section of Berlin wall.  It is painted with 101 images by artists from 21 countries. It is the longest open air gallery in the world.

Berlin has 175 museums too. And Berlin has the largest train station in all of Europe.

After Berlin, Eeva travelled to Prague, Czech Republic!


All photos owned by Wanders The World/Eeva Valiharju



My first trip to Europe was with my dear friend Izabela. After spending three weeks in England I met up with her in Amsterdam. That began our super fast fun 3.5 week tour of The Continent. One of our stops was in city of Cologne (Koln), Germany. The hostel we stayed in was on one side of The Rhine River and we crossed a bridge twice daily. One our way to the city centre we would amble past the stately gothic Cologne Cathedral. This stunning building that took centuries to build looms along the Rhine and is a source of pride for its cities inhabitants. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most visited sites in all of Germany. 

Cologne Cathedral @Nite...

Although I found the exterior intricate and stunning, it was the inside that wowed me. Ornate, elaborate and a bit foreboding I found myself looking skyward to its detailed ceilings, in awe of the art of its architecture. A small person in a giant world. 

Photo credit: Flickr – Sanjib Behera


Some structures remain the same over the years while other change, figuratively speaking. Today’s city has one of those monuments.  Constructed between 1788 and 1791, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was originally erected as a city gate and represented peace. Years passed as did governments and rulers. Since then the gate has symbolized triumph, victory, militarism, division and now freedom and the re-unification of Berlin and Germany.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

Brandenburg Gate, which in was closed off in 1961 as part of the Berlin Wall that separated West Berlin from communist East Berlin was opened after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In 2001 the gate was renovated and restored to it’s original glory.

This photo is from Wikimedia Commons. It was taken and is owned by Thomas Wolf, 

I am famous in Germany

“You’re famous in Germany Eeva.” 

Well at least according to my (Couchsurfing) friend, Alisa.

Alisa, an enthusiasic, fun-loving blonde from Bavaria is the creator/author of a project called “Dear Google, What is Life?”  In this project, she has taken the concept of how we use and rely on Google for everyday searches to a philosophical level: “What is life?”.  Alisa has collected “people” and the Google results for “life” based on their native language and combined it with their photograph and handwriting of the search results. The outcome is a cool exhibit that she is showing around Germany. She has dozens of people involved from all over the world and variety of ethnic backgrounds. And I’m part of it! How cool is that? Okay, ego aside, I find it an intriguing venture she has embarked on. 

My involvement was due to my Finnish ethnicity. All Alisa had me do was a simple search on  of  “Life is?” (in Finnish), hand-write the top results and smile for a photograph. On the Facebook page she explains how her idea emerged and her workings with a web designer with whom she completed the project with. Please click the link about to read about her endeavor.  Scroll some of her photos of the “gallery showing”  as I will be tagged in the background of one of them. I am very glad to be a part of this project that encompasses our real and “cyber” world. I would also ask that you “like” the page (only if you really do) so that it can garner some more attention and help out my friend.  Thanks!