When I discovered that I would be in Berlin for the *Midnight Hour* of the One Day One World Project, the first thing that came to mind was to go James Bond style.
What could be more perfect than a clandestine rendez-vous with M. Époux from the French Resistance (aka Gilles) at Checkpoint Charlie? In this particular instance, the French Resistance refers to the reluctance of M. Époux to cooperate with my plan, rather than the World War II anti-Nazi resistance group which predated the Berlin Wall by a couple of decades.
The hardest part – I thought – would be staying awake. Reality turned out to be a bit trickier.
We had been to Checkpoint Charlie and a remaining section of the Wall earlier in the day. It would be a short walk of less than a kilometre from the apartment we are renting.
After an exhausting day of sightseeing, the plan was to have a nap in the evening rather than trying to stay awake.
We both fell asleep without difficulty and we both managed to wake up on time as well, but this is where the plan went sideways. We stood in the dark on the balcony of our apartment and looked at each other with the same thought. Is this idea even safe?
Here we were in a city we did not know contemplating a 2km round-trip walk on deserted streets. The subway wasn’t an option either since neither of us had figured it out yet. Suddenly it didn’t feel like such a good plan any more. My sense of adventure was being trumped by common sense.
We quickly formulated Plan B. A short trip to the pedestrian plaza below, a few quick photos, and back to bed.
The brightly lit subway station at the corner of our street did not provide any reassurances that we were not crazy. Gilles shuffled uncomfortably, hissing HURRY UP!! as I snapped pictures.
The unexpected treasure from our midnight walk was noticing a large piece of art in the plaza we had passed several times without noticing.
How I could have missed this in the daylight is a mystery.
The conclusion I’ve come to is that I would make a lousy spy and James Bond will have to continue on without me.
This was my world early this morning between midnight and 1 am. For more adventures on the One Day One World Project, visit Lisa at Northwest Frame of Mind.