Berlin

Little Epiphanies on Spring Break

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I started off in Berlin, which I’ve considered to be my favorite city ever since I first visited while studying abroad in nearby Leipzig in 2013. (“Why is Berlin your favorite city, Lindsey?”) How much time do you have? To sum it up, it’s just really amazing to me how the entire city has risen from the ashes (both literally and figuratively) after a tumultuous 20th century to become one of the most modern and respectable cities in the world over such a short period of time (not much longer than my own lifetime). One of these days, I’ll write a city guide to share all my favorite things about Berlin and post it here. [Read more]

How to Look Like a Tourist in Germany

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Germany has risen from the ashes both literally and figuratively. After a tumultuous 20th century, it has become a political and economic powerhouse as well as a must-see European destination for travelers and study abroad students alike. Whether you’re just popping in for a weekend trip or you plan to establish a more long-term home base in Germany, it’s important to know how to blend in with the locals. Although its western tradition may seem familiar to many visitors, living like a local in Germany is all in the little details. Keep in mind not to do these things and you’ll fit right in no matter where you are, from Düsseldorf to Dresden. [Read more on The College Tourist]

A Reunited Germany, 25 Years Later

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You might not think of a traffic crossing signal as a beloved cultural icon, but that’s just what East Germany’s Ampelmännchen have become. The little red and green men made their first appearance at East German crosswalks in 1961 and have been a beloved symbol ever since. 25 years after the infamous Wall fell in Berlin, Ampelmännchen still help pedestrians cross the streets safely at every intersection in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), one of the very few features of the former Communist nation beloved enough to survive after reunification. East Germans were unhappy about lots of things, but they loved these little guys too much to let them go – there are even entire stores where you can buy Ampelmännchen merchandise. [Read more on The College Tourist]