After crashing in Berlin after the Depeche Mode concert on wednesday I had a short drive through Berlin, and then decided to start heading home again. In my previous car-trips to and from Berlin I noticed the very striking borderpost at Marienborn , and on this trip I actually saw that there was some kind of memorial/museum there , so on the trip back from Berlin I decided to exit the autobahn and have a look there, to see what it was like, and also to get some pictures of this very foreign looking environment. The area covering the Marienborn border control is quite large, and signs with descriptions and stories can be found all over the area. Sadly the signs were in quite bad shape, with the letters barely readable, and naturally, only in german. I did manage to get some shots of the buildings , and some of the machinary used back then… interesting.
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So yesterday morning I left for a short trip to Berlin, to go and see Depeche Mode at the Waldbuhne. Starting with a high-speed drive to berlin (and I fear I might have gotten a speeding ticket in Bad Oeynhousen) I arrived at the hotel at about 15:00… after checking in I did a quick visit of Alexanderplatz where the only available parking-places had interesting signs. It was pretty clear the Fifa championship was going on in Germany :). The Waldbuhne was right next to the Olympic Stadium (glockenturm) where the soccer championship was also going on. Quite a queue was forming in front of the gates, and the baggage-checking went really slow (no camera’s and no more then 1/2 liter of soft-drink allowed). We managed to slip in with all our camera’s stuffed down our pants and some social-engineering/distraction techniques and proceded down to the arena for some almost front-row places. While waiting the almost 2 hours for the pre-show to begin we met some very friendly people and had a couple of very expensive beers (5 euro’s for 0.3 liters) in Depeche Mode cups. The opening act consisted of Goldfrapp, and while I really like Goldfrapp, this didn’t ring any bells, there was no singer, just two guys with powerbooks . They did manage to mix some Depeche Mode sounds into their tunes, but it’s not the Goldfrapp I know and like . After 30 minutes of this the well-known pre-show mix started again, and we knew we were in for a 45 minute wait for the main show to start. It actually took even longer this time, as the pre-show mix just looped and started playing again for a few minutes before the band actually got on stage. The concert itself was great, as usual, with all the favorites coming by. The setlist was slightly different, and shorter it seems, compared to the concert at Ahoy.
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