Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was civis Romanus sum [“I am a Roman citizen”]. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is “Ich bin ein Berliner!”… All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner!”
Ah… the Cold War… When that American saint, JFK, came to West Berlin and made his famous speech. 26 June, 1963. For West Germans, it was as if Kennedy had rehabilitated them. To this day, Kennedy is much beloved in our humble hauptstadt.
Most people think it was before the Berlin wall that he made his speech… but no. It was in front of this building, Rathaus Schöneberg that the action happened. This picture is from behind, standing on the bridge over the Ententeich. (Duckpond, really…)
So… Does it mean ‘I am a donut’? Well… a Berliner is a jelly donut, tis true… but it isn’t called a Berliner in Berlin. It is called a pfannenkuchen here. So there you go. But elsewhere in Germany, a pfannenkuchen is a pancake. It is what it is. To say he said ‘I am a donut’ is… well.. a bit cheap. I don’t think many Germans in the crowd took it to mean a donut.
This is your training. Check it out!
|When||Tue, 29 Jan 16:29|
|Where||Innsbruckerplatz to zoooooo|
|How did it go||Innsbruckerplatz to zoooooo|
|Total Distance||6.79 km|
|Average Pace||12:01 /km|
|Average Speed||4.99 km/h|
|Total Calories Burned||876|
|Weight||I ate what?|
|Weather||7 °C, WC: 3 °C, 22km/h WSW, 87%|