Tag Archives: Berlin

One Year in Berlin: The First Few Weeks

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

It’s amazing how busy I’ve become in only three weeks here. Although classes at the Freie Universität don’t officially begin until  mid-October, the BCGS (Berlin Consortium for German Studies) program is in full swing. During our first six weeks in Berlin, myself and five other students are enrolled in an intensive language course that meets four times per week for about four hours. The class has proven to be more strenuous than I originally expected, but I’m nevertheless thrilled at the opportunity to sharpen my German skills before the semester starts up.

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The Week in Germany: Cool Street Art, American Christmas Markets, Thwarting Neo-Nazis, and Protesting in Berlin

Photo: Public domain.  Photographer:  Matt Hobbs

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

Find a German Christmas Market in the United States.

Germany.info has compiled a list.

The best street art I’ve seen in a while.

While I like stencils and murals and the like, these tongue-in-cheek stickers are my favorite kind of street art.  To be seen in Frankfurt right now, apparently.

Berliners gather to protest the loss of their green spaces.

And Der Irische Berliner is here to tell you how it went.

Neo-Nazis thwarted by chartiy walk.

What a great idea for a counter protest.  Almost as good as the same group’s previous “trojan tshirt”, a shirt that has a neo-Nazi slogan on it that washed out to show an anti-neo-Nazi slogan.  Ba-da-bing!

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One Year in Berlin: So Long, America

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

There’s an old German Coca-Cola sign hanging in my parents’ kitchen. It’s little more than a knickknack from a dusty antique store, but as I prepare for my flight to Berlin tomorrow I can’t help but draw some greater meaning.

The advertisement is nothing if not an American symbol. Yet with the German words “trink” and “eiskalt” we see a fusion of two cultures. The Coca-Cola logo, in its all-too-familiar trademarked cursive, suddenly seems foreign. And isn’t that exactly what my upcoming year in Berlin is all about?

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One Year in Berlin: Gastfreundschaft

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

“To mistreat a guest they consider to be a crime. They protect from injury those who have come among them for any purpose whatever, and regard them as sacred.” – Julius Caesar on the Germans (c. 51 BCE)

Germany has likely seen some changes since Caesar last visited, but I’d be willing to wager that his comments on German hospitality would remain virtually the same today. I’ve been in Berlin for less than a week now and already I’m beginning to feel at home.

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Visiting Berlin: The Festival of Lights

by Arthur Yatsenko

 Photos by Arthur Yatsenko and Gulnaz Shapirova

Photos by Arthur Yatsenko and Gulnaz Shapirova

Recently a great illumination event took place in the city–a Festival of lights in Berlin. This year marked the 10-year anniversary of the event, which attracted tourists from all over the world to contemplate Berlin’s landmarks literally in a new light. Find more about Berlin events here.

The festival was founded at 2005, and since then has enticed about 2 million visitors according to the festival’s website. In the year 2013 alone, there were nearly 650,000 hotel bookings for this magnificent event. The festival takes place every year for 10 days in October. It features not only the projections and light shows on the Berlin’s famous landmarks, but also other cultural and artistic events. This year the festival took place from 10-19 of October.

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The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview with Leather & Abel (and a giveaway)

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

What do you  need to know to get settled in Berlin?  Giulia Pines’ book Finding Your Feet in Berlin has all the answers to your questions.  One of the most important factors is finding the neighborhood that is right for you.  But how to choose?  Which neighborhood is the best? Today we’ve got Vanessa from Leather & Abel here to tell us about her neighborhood and why it is awesome.  As for that book we mentioned, we’re giving away two copies of Finding Your Feet in Berlin right here, right now, so go enter and vote on your favorite Berlin neighborhood.

What Berlin neighbourhood do you live in?

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The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview With Katy Derbyshire (and a giveaway)

Berlin Mitte. Photo copyright dpa

Berlin Mitte. Photo copyright dpa

Everybody has something to say about Berlin.  Even people who have never been there seem convinced it is the best city on Earth.  Katy Derbyshire, a translator, British expat, and Berlin resident, has lived there since 1996. When I talked to her at the Frankfurt Book Fair, I asked her about her to tell Young Germany readers a little about where she lives for our series on Berlin neighborhoods.

What part of Berlin do you live in? 

KD: Mitte.

What is it like?

KD: Mitte is very, very central with a lot of culture. It’s 100 percent gentrified… It’s no longer the coolest part of town. (That, she tells me, is now Neukölln.)  It is fairly international, as well.

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