“Ich bin ein Berliner”….but not a jelly donut

President John F. Kennedy once coined the words, “Ich bin ein Berliner”, and I have seen that written in various places in Berlin. Sometimes, because I have been in so many places in Berlin, and because of the history lessons learned, and also because of the travel it has taken me to get to those places, I almost feel like I am a Berliner.

However, I just learned that when Kennedy said “Ich bin ein Berliner” he was stating that he is a jelly donut. That happened when he inserted the word ein. He meant to say he is a person from Berlin.

Berliners have shown me over and over that they friendly, and the city is welcoming, but it would take awhile longer to become a Berliner as there is a multitude of museums and cultural events to keep you busy for a lifetime.

A ten stringed orchestra playing romantic classical pieces was one of those cultural events that Marilyn and I enjoyed last night.

The concert was held in the stunning Berlin Cathedral which kept the eyes of the full house, including my eyes, looking up to the 70 meter dome and around to the magnificent and inspirational space.

“Oh, my gosh. This is beautiful.” I said this right when I first walked in, there are tiles in different shades of color, there are spaces filled with golden, glittered filigree, angels everywhere, and statues of religious personalities from throughout the generations.

You cannot help but feel the reverence inside.

The high whole dome is 70 meters tall, and surrounding the high dome are semi-circular and quarter-circular smaller domes, and equally magnificent.

Angels from above seemed to be looking down from the ceiling to the concert below, watching the conductors’ graceful hands as he directed the music. The music was soft, light and dreamy.

The cathedral was bombed during the war and restored and opened in 1999 representing the opulence as it was before being bombed.

A nice couple standing in the foray, were from a small town outside of Berlin, but said they come to the city for cultural events such as the concert. Both of them spoke fondly the cathedral. The woman rubbed her hand across the marble and proudly said marble was used throughout the building. Her husband said the cathedral was a gift from France to make up for that country’s past discretions.

Last night was a night I’ll remember for the music and the opulence; it was indeed a gift of a lifetime.

Tonight was a night of violence, with a message…, so the promos proclaim. After a delicious Asian dinner, where I had the Indonesian plate, we went to a movie where Tom Hanks and Halley Barry play the lead rolls in “Cloud Atlas”. I didn’t like the movie, in spite of the good reviews. It had a complicated story-line, and provided too much violence for my taste. I had to stop watching, at the point when a slave was ruthlessly whipped on his raw skin.

Aside from the stabbing, guns, suicide, blood and guts, the message was that life is all connected.

One humorous relief was the scene in the rest home with a ‘nurse Ratchet” type, who’s rules were to be honored, or else. A funny scene occurred when four of the seniors escaped and took off in a car.

I could relate to a desire to escape sometimes, after all that is a little bit of what put me on this journey. But, I am not a jelly donut.

 

6 Responses to “Ich bin ein Berliner”….but not a jelly donut

  1. Laureen, I’m glad you are not a jelly donut! And I never heard about the problem with Kennedy’s insertion of the word “ein” in his quote — you are teaching us so much.

    I saw a great program on PBS the other night about the construction of some of Europe’s great cathedrals. I can’t remember which one, but one of them (pretty sure it’s not Berlin’s, as I knew you are in that city when I saw the preogram) has cracks in it and they used modern technology to scan the whole building. They believe the forces of construction will result in it eventually falling down if some corrective measures are not taken. In another part of the program, they talked about a cathedral, that was bombed in WW II, was disassembled and shipped to Calif, at the expense of Wm Randolff Hurst, and they are now trying to re assemble it to learn about the construction techniques used in the past. All very interesting. I’m sure the program will air again when you get back home.

    Anna Mae

    • Hi Anna Mae: Aren’t you impressed with how the European’s keep up their beautiful old buildings? The cathedral in Berlin was completely rebuilt, as the other one was destroyed in the war. It is the copy of the original and so impressive.

      By the way, Marilyn and I got a closer look at the red man. I’m pretty sure it’s a man. Anyway, he’s is wearing a large brim hat! So they mystery of what we thought was a girl with pony tails, has been solved.

  2. Laureen…. You…….anything but a jelly donut !!!!
    This is a trip of a lifetime..for us , as you take us along on your wonderful journey.
    Keep well…keep us in the loop…keep blogging .
    Paula and Bud

  3. Laureen….the buildings you picture are so GRAND and beautiful ! Also that one of the boat…a favorite !
    Happy New Year……..to you and Marilyn !!!!!!
    Paula and Bud

  4. It’s funny how you mention -The Movies- you know so much is not allowed in the U.S. with international internet resources. Movies of some sort are not permitted. Just sayin’.

    • Hi Ronnie,

      I have noticed that some movies don’t work on my computer and some posts from America won’t work wherever I am in another country. Oh, well, there’s more to do than watch the internet, huh? I have gone to two movies in Germany. One I liked and one I didn’t because of the violence. I don’t think it’s good for us to watch too much violence. Just my opinion.

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