The view from our window at Motel One Berlin am KaDeWe. Because 80% of Berlin was bombed at the end of WWII, you can imagine the construction for new everything. Wide boulevards are separated by expansive medians like this one full of trees. All the trees around the Tiergarten, which is where this is, were planted in 1955 when I was 5. I marveled at how strong and beautiful these trees are. They packed a wallop that has stayed with me.

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