Ana Raab

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During the summer of 2016, I traveled overseas completely on my own for the 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, and confronted the stark beauty of Iceland—stretching myself along the way.

Follow my past and current journeys 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!