Initially as I toured this city I was filled with anger/sorrow/confusion and seemed to feel a palpable heavy weight in the air. However, as I walked and toured more of the city I those negative feelings began to disappear and I began to feel hope. Everywhere I looked I saw new construction and buildings, laughter and joy, great restaurants and beautiful memorials. I was truly amazed and touched that a city with such difficulty could change, grow and overcome. It was through this observation that I feel I have gained a deep belief in the possibility of change. If an entire country can rebuild, grow, change, love, overcome, despite their "difficult/horrific upbringing/history" can we not do the same?
I left Berlin a changed and uplifted person, with a lot more hope for our world :)