Tag Archives: German history

East Germany and West Germany, seen from the outside

In the old days, before Erasmus, academic exchanges were still complicated: visa, health insurance, exchanging money. And then there was no internet, so you couldn’t start looking for accommodation before the move. The first week was usually spent at a hotel, … Continue reading

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Eastern Germany, the unknown Germany

The headline is not universally true, of course, but merely a reference to my own limited experience. But let me tell you how I came to it. Last winter, when I lived in Montenegro, I met a woman who was either … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler

After Donald Trumps’s speech at the Republican National Convention, I made this joke, inspired both by the plagiarism in the current Mrs Trumps’ speech and by the speech itself: As with all my other Donald Trump jokes however, it turned out … Continue reading

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What is the SS Marching Band doing in Bolivia?

On average, you are awoken by marching bands in Bolivia twice per week and at least once per week you will be prevented from falling asleep at night by a marching band and fireworks. I generally like this, and it’s much better … Continue reading

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German history follows me all the way to Bolivia

A few days ago in Santa Cruz in eastern Bolivia: The Orient Express on which I had come from San José de Chiquitos even further in the east of the country was delayed by an hour, so I had to hurry to get to the airport to catch … Continue reading

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Why is German reunification celebrated on 3 October?

Today, Germany celebrates the 25th anniversary of the reunification of East and West Germany on 3 October 1990. The history buffs among you will know that the Berlin Wall fell almost a year earlier, on 9 November 1989. So why … Continue reading

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Be careful with predictions!

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