shu and joe


Published on July 26, 2008

So yeah, the rally. We thought that if we arrived 3 hours ahead of the 7pm start time, we’d have a good chance of getting close enough to at least see Barack give his address. It didn’t work out that way. After passing through the Brandenburg Gate and beginning the mile long walk to the Victory Column, it soon became clear that we’d arrived too late. After passing the first jumbotron and heading into the bratwurst and beer concessions, I thought we might just get there, but then the second screening station appeared and the push to the front came to a halt. The polizei had set up a barrier to control the size of the crowd that would get to fill in around Obama’s podium. We ended up about 200 meters away, but it was still exciting to see the response of the crowd when Obama took the stage.

Approach to the Brandenburg Tor.

One to 200,000: not very good odds.

Filed under: Berlin, Everyday Life

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