It was a cold January day in 1986 and I was a college student in an exchange program with many international students touring Berlin for the first time. We were scheduled to cross into East Berlin and since I was the only American in the group I was separated from the fun and loving group of British and French girls I was with. Americans had to cross into East Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie whereas other nationalities could cross at various points.
I went to use the bathroom and it was a huge room sort of like a library with bookshelves with a toilet. Weird. I looked out the window towards what was "The Wall" and I saw a young blonde woman wearing a flowing white dress riding bareback on a white horse. She "seemed" to want me to see her.
I thought it was sooo symbolic. And I thought is she even allowed to ride a horse there? What about all the mean guards I had just read about at the museum at Checkpoint Charlie with the shoot to kill orders.
I looked away puzzled. Looked at a book or two and then looked out the window again. She was gone and I to this day wonder if I really saw what I saw. I am one of those realistic scientific types that you would never be able to hypnotize, for instance.