Hey, look! I wrote a book!

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For as long as I've been living in Berlin (more than nine years!) I've been writing about Berlin. This scarred, unruly, beautifully complicated and endlessly inspiring city I call home is both my muse and one of my favourite subjects. On this blog and elsewhere, I've been lucky to have many opportunities to tell the ...

Your New Favourite Little Movie Theatre: Il Kino in Neukölln

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Forget Netflix. Nevermind online streaming. Sometimes, nothing beats going to see a movie the old-fashioned way: you know, putting on actual clothes, leaving the house, and going to sit in a theatre with one's fellow mankind to be entertained for 90+ minutes. I like going to the movies with friends (provided they're not the kind ...

Karl-Marx-Allee 99 // Berlin, nostalgia, and a bygone Briefmarkenhandel

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Like everyone, I have my vices. These include: Haribo candy; buying more lip balm than I could ever use; a mild Google-stalking habit; nostalgia. The word "nostalgia" was coined by a Swiss medical student in 1688. Back then, it was considered a disease, to be treated with leeches, opium, and bracing Alpine air. In her 2007 ...