Lunch near the Berlin Wall (in Canada!)
The Berlin Wall was torn down 25 years ago. (Has it really been that long?!) So to have lunch near the Wall seems implausible enough, but to do so in Nova Scotia?
Even when the Wall was standing, it wasn’t exactly a lovely, pastoral place for a picnic.
You may wonder how the Berlin wall ended up in Canada.
When you tear down a 30ft high concrete wall that is 124 miles long, where do you put all that concrete? What the German government did was actually a fairly inspired move: they offered sections of the Wall for free to communities, corporations and other organizations around the world.
Nova Scotia has a sizable population of German expatriates so several towns took sections of the Wall.
Once they had them they realized they didn’t really have a good way to put them to any use. Eventually, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro offered to take them and create a public park with them on the university’s open campus.
During a visit to Nova Scotia last summer, my then-girlfriend and I stopped off to see the Wall. It’s right next to a butterfly garden and is a lovely spot to picnic so that’s exactly what we did.
(Interested in my travel itinerary? I share the whole thing here.)