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Travel Blogs from Berlin
I was going to put all of Germany in one post, but we have had such a great five days in Berlin that I didn't think I could squeeze it in with the rest of Germany, so here goes! Berlin is such an incredible city. I have absolutely loved visiting here. Germany itself is linked to so many things I studied throughout school and university - some of …
My visit to Germany for the fourth time in a short number of years came attached with a specific academic purpose: to try to understand the roots of Ostalgie - that romantic, quirky movement which is nostalgic for the GDR, as expressed through such objects as the Trabi, Club Cola, and the Ampelmann (the Ossie traffic light man.) …
Mummy and Daddy,
Berlin Berlin. Where to start?
(Will write up properly soon when I can remember/have time)
Well we got into Berlin sort of mid-afternoon, ditched our stuff and went wandering.
- East side gallery
- 2nd proper meal!!
- Traffic Light men are strange (see pasta when I get home!!!)
Next day: ( …
Going to Berlin was a big deal. After all, history, as it affects me today, was made right here in front of the Brandenburg Gate. I came here to finally see a piece of that concrete barrier and to go back to a, for me, very real and moulding era in my life. Hard to imagine today that only 21 years ago, a political regime existed, so powerful that …
... There are a lot of smokers here...either the rate of smoking is higher here, or they just don't try to hide it like in the U.S. From the smokers that I've known in the U.S., many have hid the fact that they smoke - probably because there is social stigma against smoking - a stigma that does not appear to exist in Germany. In speaking to a few young people here, many people still consider smoking "cool."
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