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  • Follow the Narrow Brick Road – and hope for the best

    Follow the Narrow Brick Road – and hope for the best

    A man was recently caught on camera driving a Maserati down the famous Spanish steps in Rome. It seemed so silly to me that someone would drive a car down an old cobblestone street, until I remembered a recent escapade of my own in an old Spanish town.

  • Karl Marx’s penguin and Richard Wagner’s design for Madonna’s corset

    Karl Marx’s penguin and Richard Wagner’s design for Madonna’s corset

    1 May 2022 Karl Marx and Richard Wagner are featured in joint exhibits at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin. But why, I wondered. The first man was a flaming revolutionary, forced to flee the country and live much of his life in exile. His name became synonymous with disastrous attempts to implement his philosophy. […]

  • Get those escargots out of my lawnmower

    Get those escargots out of my lawnmower

    French culture impacted many countries’ languages and cuisine – and even the front yard.

  • Rammed in the Tram

    10 January 2019 How is it that Munich is the richest city in Germany but seems to have the worst public transportation system? OK, neither of these facts is backed up by fact. But Munich does have the reputation of being pretty much “the” place to live and on visits to Berlin and other major […]

  • Roarin’ Retirees

    10 December 2018 I still remember when my father’s boss retired. I was about 10 years old and could remember him talking about his boss Harry from when I was a little girl. Harry was a great guy and he and my Dad shared the same engineer DNA. They swopped jokes and talked politics and […]

  • Trains of Thought

    15 November 2018 It’s a bright sunny day as my daughter and I hop on the train to go to Berlin, taking a regional S-Bahn commuter train to the main station. I contemplate how different Berlin is from relatively sleepy Munich. While the latter city only gained economic importance in the 1960s and was never […]