Tag: Bavaria

  • Bombs away! The WWII gift that keeps on giving

    Bombs away! The WWII gift that keeps on giving

    30 July 2022 One of the punctuality challenges to the Munich train system, as noted in last week’s post, is unexploded bombs buried in the ground. Yes, you read that correctly. There are so many bombs in the ground that when one is found, rather than panicking, passengers simply groan, “Oh no, not another one!” […]

  • If this is punctuality, my watch is broken

    If this is punctuality, my watch is broken

    Germany has the reputation of being punctual and reliable. But recent snafus in city planning are putting a big dent into that image.

  • The library, the monk and the sandals

    The library, the monk and the sandals

    14 September 2021 “Take their books! They’re useless propaganda. Get rid of them!” This actually happened. “Duh,” you’re thinking, “everybody knows how the Third Reich banned books.” Not so fast. This did take place in Germany, but I’m not talking about the book burning of the Nazis. They didn’t invent openly regressive politics. This event […]

  • Grave Thoughts Indeed – Part 4 – The Oktoberfest

    Grave Thoughts Indeed – Part 4 – The Oktoberfest

    26 May 2021  (Click here for parts 1, 2 and 3) Munich is known first and foremost for its annual Volksfest that attracts six million visitors from around the world, a number that makes you question its “folksiness” – but whatever. Tracing its roots takes you back to – where else? – the Alter Südfriedhof […]

  • Here we go again – it’s Oktoberfest time

    Oktoberfest is here! An insider’s view of the curious goings-on.