Having a conference that starts on a Thursday and ends on a Tuesday has never been one of my favourite dishes. But at least the conference has offered some good times with colleagues across the business that I move around in as well as some good laughs with friends, suppliers, customers and competitors alike.
And I managed to carve out some time to go sightseeing. Now, it’s not too long ago that the family went to Berlin, so many of the must-haves were covered and I decided to go take a look at the old Tempelhof area.
Alighting from the S-Bahn at Paltz der Luftbrücke is probably not the geographically closest to a Tempelhof entrance. What it lacks in convenience it makes up with historical relevance, though – this is the airport that (mainly) was used to feed and heat the Berlin people during the Soviet blockade of the city in 1948-49.
If you haven’t already heard the story, go read – here, for instance. If you’re more to a fictional version, pick up Leon Uris’ Armageddon. Since I read that as a youngster, I have actually always wanted to see the place. And it’s one of the key “fringe benefits” of my job that I get the options of going to such places. This one, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Red Square in Moscow – just to name a select few.
Just one astonishing fact from the blockade: In the fifteen months the airlift operation ran (it continued a bit after the end of the blockade itself, just for safety), more than 600 cargo flights landed in Berlin every single day. That’s something like a plane, on average, every two minutes and twenty seconds. For fifteen months. Man!
By the way, the Berlin Tegel airport (TXL) that I flew into coming here was in its first incarnation built by the French as a part of their efforts in the airlift.
Halleluja – Rufus Wainwright
Goodbye – Sinne Eeg
Smuk og dejlig – Shit & Chanel
Fever – Peggy Lee
Crystal Ball – Styx
Fading Like A Flower – Roxette
I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
Six Blade Knife – Dire Straits
Everybody’s Song But My Own – Sinne Eeg
Photo by me.