Ana Raab

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In the summer of 2016, I traveled completely on my own for the very first time. Over the course of seven weeks, I wandered through Scandinavia exploring the Swedish heritage of my grandmother, made my way to Berlin by train, explored the stark beauty of Iceland and endeavored to discover a small piece of myself along the way (while doing my best to pronounce words like "Siglufjörður!").

Follow my past and future travels here.

East Wall Gallery

Berlin has a rich & complicated history, and I witnessed a part of it today by visiting a piece of the Berlin Wall that remains intact. The city has preserved a couple of miles worth of the original structure (this part being the East Gallery; there are other portions in several parts of Berlin) and the entire thing is covered in beautiful commissioned mural work and graffiti too. I was most struck by how small the wall appears in person, I always assumed it stretched far into the sky. But really it's only about 10ft tall. But of course I imagine there was likely barbed wire and guards and many other deterrents. Nonetheless, I expected something much more imposing. Very powerful to see in person!