Berlin Wall piece sent from the Visit Berlin tourism organization  (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

In one of those great moments when an online acquaintance suddenly appears in front of you offline, I was thrilled last week to meet the person who sent me this bit of the Berlin Wall.

It was part of a promotion for Visit Berlin a few years ago; if you sent a Twitter DM (Direct Message) with your address, they’d mail you a little piece of history.

At the TBEX travel blogging conference this month in Colorado, I was chatting with a nice woman in the breakfast line when she realized that I was one of the people she’d sent the Wall item to….she was Kirsten Schmidt with Visit Berlin.

We both squealed like schoolgirls!

Online relationships don’t replace offline ones –  they enhance them.

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