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One Year in Berlin: Returning to the United States

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

After an 11-month adventure in Berlin I’ve arrived safely in the United States. I’m trying my best to readjust to the American culture but part of my mind is still stuck back in Germany. I could probably write an entire book about my experiences abroad, and one day I just might, but for now I’ll have to keeps things short. On Tuesday morning four of my closest friends in Berlin were kind enough to accompany me to Tegel Airport and bid me farewell before my flight. The night before had been full of laughs and stories in our favorite brewery, where I enjoyed my final sip of fresh German pilsner for the year. The morning after had a slightly different tone though. I was thrilled to have my friends by my side until the very end but there was a bittersweet feeling to everything.

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Bookstores in Frankfurt, Germany

Die Wandeltreppe: A mystery bookstore in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  Photo: Nicolette Stewart

Die Wandeltreppe: A mystery bookstore in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Photo: Nicolette Stewart

As an obsessive reader, book stores are one of the first stops I like to hit when visiting a new city.  Monuments?  Museums?  Pish-aaw.  I’d rather find out what books are waiting for me on the city’s shelves.  If I walk past a few sights on the walk between book havens, then that’ll be nice too.  Today I’ve compiled a list of a few of Frankfurt’s coziest bookstores for tourists who like to take a city by book.

die Wandeltreppe

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Wordless Wednesday: Impressions from the Leipzig Book Fair

The Leipzig Book Fair took place from March 12-15 this year.  Watch their website for news of next year’s event.  The photos below are courtesy of the Leipzig Buchmesse Pressestelle.

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One Year in Berlin: How German Unis Work

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

As my time in Berlin slowly creeps to a close one of the thoughts that’s constantly been on my mind is the impending “reverse culture shock” that so many travelers have warned me about. I may have spent 20 years of my life in the US, but I have a feeling that a year in Germany has done away with many of my American habits and rituals.

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One Year in Berlin: Being in Germany on May 1 and Games in the Park

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

For decades the first of May has been known as an International Worker’s Day all over the globe. In many countries, such as Germany, it’s a federal holiday during which demonstrations (usually peaceful) are held in support of the labor movement.

However, May 1st (known in Germany as “Erster Mai”) holds a somewhat special significance in Berlin. Since the late 80s extreme left organizations have organized protests in districts of the city such as Kreuzberg during which riots have unfortunately broken out, leading to violence and police intervention. In more recent history extreme right groups have also proven to become hostile in the streets of the capital city. The violence has thankfully declined in the past few years, but we were nevertheless all warned by our program director to be wary in certain neighborhoods.

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