Ostalgie: What is freedom, anyway?

This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I'm brought back to my first visit to Berlin, a divided city then. Crossing from West to East Berlin, we had to exchange 25 Mark (about 20 USD) into 25 Ostmark (East Mark). [...]

2018-11-05T16:00:49+01:006 November 2014|Balkans, From the heart, Germany, Idle musings|

Rubber stamp – East Berlin and the DDR

When Georgia at GingerBeirut invited us Lonely Planet bloggers to submit a rubber stamp post to the fourth Blogsherpa carnival, I took a while deciding which bureaucratic experience to share. I've had a few memorable ones, but which one to choose? Crossing into that peculiar [...]

New UNESCO World Heritage Sites – and German site delisted

Last week, UNESCO decided on new properties for its World Heritage list, properties to place on the danger list and even one to delist.

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