Mothers’ Day Weekend in Berlin

Arrived in Germany just in time for Mothers’ Day. Given that my mother actually grew up in Berlin, spending the day here is somewhat apropos. Did some wanderings through the city center, the neighboring city of Potsdam, and enjoyed an awesome room at my hotel by the Hackescher Markt. Next stop: Krak√≥w…

On the Berlin-Warsaw Express

Over twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and over six decades since 1945, you still know that there is something different about traveling east from Germany. Instead of a thick network of high-speed rail binding Frankfurt to Paris, and Cologne to Amsterdam, modern state-of-the-art train routes are nearly nonexistent across the easternContinue reading “On the Berlin-Warsaw Express”

Mom’s Cooking

  As some of you might know, my mother’s family is from Germany. This meant, growing up in Texas, we had some fairly diverse meals with decidedly Teutonic character. What I best remember among them is a chicken dish with rice, asparagus, and mushrooms called ‘fricassee’. Now I have no idea if this is authenticContinue reading “Mom’s Cooking”

Dealing With the Past

Going through my papers for this blog today, I found my mother’s birth certificate. Born in Cracow, Poland in 1941, her first years were in the heart of the greatest tragedy of the 20th century. Every time I see this I go through my own kind of “Vergangenheitsbew√§ltigung”, dealing with the past. In the sameContinue reading “Dealing With the Past”

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