The Best Way to See Berlin

Swans on the Spree–enjoying Berlin from the waterBerlin is a big city. There’s no way around that. Actually, there’s a perfectly wonderful way around it: the Spree. The river that curls peacefully through the city allows you the luxury of seeing the city from a swan’s point of view. Swans don’t waddle down busy streets, […]

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Werder’s Baumbl├╝tenfest

Together Against NazisAt the weekend we attended the second largest Volksfest in Germany, the largest being Oktoberfest of course. When I told my German students here in Munich that I went to the Baumblütenfest in Werder, they all looked at me and said, “Where? The what?” Apparently, the festival is not so well known south […]

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Expat Author Interview with Marcus Speh

Marcus Speh Birkenkrahe’s debut short fiction collection Thank you for Your Sperm is out now from MadHat Press! His short fiction, published widely both in print and online magazines, has been nominated and shortlisted for various awards and prizes. In 2013 his debut novel will be published by Folded Word Press. Marcus–who describes himself as […]

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Get Your Berliner Schnauze on!

Gerhard Lahr, Berlyn(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off, try reloading the page. This usually solves the problem and shows the comment, share and like buttons. ::coughs::) The first time I visited Berlin 18 years ago, I was a mere babe. I was on my Grand Tour of Europe: a month of […]

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An Aotearoa Affair Blog Carnival

Art by Darcy NicholasI’m honored to host the May edition of the Aotearoa Affair Blog Carnival. It’s almost like I’ve been dubbed an honorary Kiwi. Pop on over to the Carnival. It’s full of great stuff by writers, filmmakers and artists from all over the world — but mainly from New Zealand and Germany. Enjoy […]

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Street Art in Brazil

The street art pictured here is by HOW & NOSM. Wherever I am, I take pictures of street art–South Tyrol, Bali, New York City, Nice–but there’s no place on earth where the street art is more developed than in Brazil. As I was taking these pictures, I felt as if I were walking through the […]

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Expat Author Interview with Kate Brown

Writer and Filmmaker Kate Brown (Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, please reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) _________________________ Kate Brown, a British film-maker and writer, has lived in Berlin for a year now. Before that, she lived in Amsterdam for almost eleven years. Speaking Dutch has made learning […]

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Carnival in Berlin?

Ah, clowns. Aren’t they funny? We were supposed to be in Brazil this week, but things sometimes turn out differently from the way you plan. It’s a long story that I’m sure you don’t . . . what? You want to hear it? Really? You’re going to what? Twist my arm until I tell it? […]

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