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My Road to Munich

When I first traveled to Germany as an adult, I was on my little Grand Tour. I’d just finished my graduate studies, including a thesis entitled The Typology of the Empty Males: a Bahktinian Discourse Analysis of Wings of the Dove and The Golden Bowl. Literarily I was weary. I’d had just about enough of […]

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Expat Author Interview with Ethel Rohan

Author Ethel RohanEthel Rohan, originally from Dublin, now lives in San Francisco. She’s the author ofHard to Say(PANK)andCut Through the Bone(Dark Sky Books),both critically acclaimed.Rohan also has work forthcoming in the spring issues ofArroyo Literary ReviewandPost Road Magazineand a collection of short-short stories,Goodnight Nobody, forthcoming from Queen’s Ferry Press in September 2013. __________________________________________ IMBO: Ethel, […]

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Five Days of Hiking on Mallorca in February — Day 5

Playa de Mellorca in winterIt’s our last day on Mallorca and we’re feeling nostalgic. Herbert the Venezuelan Pearl Diving Instructor is lying on the bed, flipping through pictures of the hikes. “Remember the rocks?” he says. “And the rocks?”Despite the fact that it’s Herbie’s job to choose the route, he hasn’t even unfolded his bed-sized […]

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Five Days of Hiking on Mallorca in February — Day 4

This must be the dreaded Caca.”Shine bright like a diamond,” I sing with Rihanna. We sound remarkably alike. “Shine bright like a diamond.”“Shine bite like a dead man,” Herbert the Venezuelan Pearl Diving Instructor sings along, too late and sounding nothing like Rihanna. We are on our way to our fourth hike, somewhere in the […]

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Five Days of Hiking on Mallorca in February — Day 3

One disadvantage of letting someone else organize everything is that I often wind up walking along dangerous roads, scouring the shoulder for the infamous “inconspicuous entrance to the trail”–which seems to be a theme here on Mallorca. “This is the sort of place one would dump a body,” I say as I pull myself up […]

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Five Days of Hiking on Mallorca in February — Day 2

Hiking on Mallorca in February _____________________________________________________________ Herbert the Venezuelan Pearl Diving Instructor–do Venezuelans even pearl-dive?–was supposed to highlight the route for me so that I could better remember where we hiked. I’m still waiting for this. Herb is slacking, but onward. Forced to use the creaky facility of my sorry mind, I give you the […]

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Five Days of Hiking on Mallorca in February — Day 1

Port Andratx, MallorcaThis is an historic post. For the first time, my mysterious travel companion has asked to create his own nickname. This is a jaw-dropping miracle. As I’ve pointed out many times before, he’s an organizer not a name coiner. His first few attempts at creating his handle for this trip were lame. Just […]

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Christopher Allen Wahlmünchner

Christopher Allen after 18 Years in Munich A Wahlmünchner is a person who is not from München but has chosen to call München home. Have I chosen that, or has it chosen me? No idea. It just happened. I’ve lived in Munich almost 18 years now and have rarely, if ever, written about the city–except […]

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