Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bubbles & the East Side Gallery

The only thing better than a street performer making giant bubbles . . .
. . . is one who will let you try your hand at it. This guy had all the supplies and let the kids go to town. That's one way to keep them from popping all the bubbles!
a solid beginning
getting better
and better
whoa! Looks like it's eating Will!

Will loved it so much he purchased one of the stick-and-rope bubble makers. We'll have to see how well we do at home.

Fabulous bubble man. I don't even know him, but I love him!
From there, they schlepped way out east to see the East Side Gallery, one of the last remaining parts of the wall, and the longest art gallery in the world. It has large murals painted on it for almost a mile. Our fearless travelers trekked most of that.

Many of these have been gussied up for 2009 and the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall. Even that was controversial because some artists wouldn't participate or are suing over copyright issues -- is it still the same art if you paint over the grafitti? At least they looked better.It is only here on Study Abroad where you can see what this guy is really made of. The rest of us will be dead to the world with jet lag, exhaustion, heatstroke or whatever and Rob will keep on going like the Energizer Bunny. On this day he'd gotten up, visited the Reichstag with us, taught his two hour class, ameliorated a variety of student woes, and then taken the kids and Curtis out to the far east. He's also in his element here. Curtis and I have a theory that he thinks he's still on his mission here. Berlin makes him feel like a 19-year-old again. Sure wish it made me feel 19!
Here Tomas and Sebi recreate one of the scenes on the Oberbaumbrucke from Run Lola Run.
The colossal sculpture The Molecule Men.
The McFarland and Isaak men, washing up from a full day.

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