1. Today’s freak-show in front of the Brandenburg Gate started off with a Romanian Gypsy Brass band playing frantically (perhaps the background music for my thoughts).  As people arrived holding a pillow with a mischievous sparkle in their eyes, I anticipated what was next… a PILLOW FIGHT!  I waited for the Storm Troopers, Soldiers, Bears or Police to get whapt… but no chance.  It was great to hear all the laughter of adults as they really got to play.  At the end a guy was doing a “snow angel” in the feathers, as his legs and arms opened, his best buddy came running to hit him right in the ——, feathers flew everywhere!  Of course the Germans immediately cleaned up the mess.