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 ...

Game Time // Hertha BSC Football at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium

Perhaps I should start with a few details about myself. For starters: I do not like large, raucous crowds. (Especially large, raucous crowds that have been drinking copiously.) I do not like getting very cold, a state that results when one spends long lengths of time outdoors in late November. I do not like excessive ...

Florida Eiscafé // Berlin’s oldest ice cream shop

Like so many things in Berlin, the humble ice cream shop has undergone something of a transformation in recent years, a kind of trendy yuppie-fication, if you will. Think: minimalist design interiors, fancy espresso machines, and ingredients like tonka bean, gorgonzola cheese*, and artisanal cocoa sourced from some far-flung corner of the Caribbean. But for ...

Get Out // A day trip to Lübars, a historic Berlin Dorf

Even the most die-hard urbanite comes to crave a bit of bucolic respite every now and again. Nothing quite like the curative qualities of fresh air, rolling green landscapes, and the smell of animal manure. Luckily for Berliners, this city--ever full of surprises--hides a quaint, well-preserved historic village within its borders. First founded in 1230 ...