Germany

Germany — Jul 22, 2016

Goodbye Blub

I’m inexplicably heartbroken to learn this morning that Blub – a vast abandoned swimming complex in Berlin – has gone up in flames. It was once a grand project featuring whirlpools, water slides, and multiple bathing areas, which created a labyrinth of old saunas, storage rooms, and changing booths ripe for exploration after its downfall.

Germany — Jul 19, 2016

Introducing: History on Tape

I’m proud to share a new project I’ve co-founded together with students at the Free and Humboldt Universities in Berlin. History on Tape is an interview series with a retro title, where we sit down with historians to talk about their recent work and force them to justify their research funding.

Germany — Feb 8, 2016

A short film called Roadtrip

Is there a German compound noun that conveys nostalgia for a city you haven’t left? Watching Roadtrip, a short animated film by Xaver Xylophon, made me pine for Berlin and its summer days.

Germany — Jan 27, 2016

Just another Monday in paradise

One of the benefits of living in the heart of Europe is the proximity of exotic travel destinations. Why not take a quick beach trip to one of many nearby islands? Why not to the closest of them all?

Germany — Oct 19, 2015

Berlin from above

When my friend from San Francisco takes his drone for a spin in the Bay Area, locals geek out over the technology and are generally enthusiastic about a spider-legged robot the size of a birthday piñata buzzing overhead. I was fairly sure that wouldn’t be the case in Berlin.

Germany — Aug 18, 2015

Cameron’s World

Turn on audio and scroll down the rabbit hole into the mind-bending world of tech art, complete with custom soundtrack and browser.

Germany — Jul 22, 2015

Pilsner all around and not a hop to drink

The beer mountain towered before me, twinkling under the fluorescent lights of a late-night corner store. Behind dozens of crates stacked to eye level, a refrigerated wall showcased bottles of every description, resplendent in kaleidoscopic labels with unpronounceable names.

Germany — Apr 30, 2015

Nothing better than das Wetter

Last time I spoke to my mom on the phone, I told her the Berlin winter was finally melting into spring. “You’ve said that every time we’ve talked for the past six weeks,” she replied. An astute one, that mother of mine! Our exchange took place weeks ago, and I’m still professing my relief at […]

Germany — Apr 8, 2015

A poke around abandoned Berlin

A Canadian photographer, an Australian graphic designer, and an American journalist go exploring abandoned buildings, outshining even the most clichéd expectations of what Berliner expats enjoy on an early spring day. They’re searching for two sites under the guidance of a popular website with the tagline, “If it’s Verboten it’s got to be fun.” Blub was a swim complex that eventually conceded defeat in an agonizing battle […]

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