Berlin is becoming a divided city again

Berlin is becoming a divided city again

‚Poor but sexy‘ used to be the catchphrase to describe Berlin. It shaped the image of the city as being hip, ramshackle and anti-establishment. But a decade down that road, a completely refurbished city is…

Personal best-of-2015 list

Personal best-of-2015 list

My dear friend Peter Zantingh has been publishing his personal best-of-the-year since 2013. I skipped last year, apparently, but hereby humbly present the highlights of 2015!

The abandoned village of Vogelsang

The abandoned village of Vogelsang

How do you abandon a village? Does the last one lock all buildings and throw away the keys? Check if they forgot something? Or just leave it behind as it is, so nature can reclaim…

Puglia, the stiletto and the heart

Puglia, the stiletto and the heart

We were driving on our Vespa scooter, wearing not much more than a helmet, shorts and flipflops, when we ran into the police. Big trouble? ‘They don’t stop me here’, my host assured. ‘They eat…

U2: can’t teach an old dog new tricks

U2: can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Bombastic, larger-than-life, even bigger than Bono’s ego: the 360 Tour was everything people love and hate about U2. A band never to repeat itself, the four Irishmen set out to change on the Innocence+Experience tour….

The Bosnian cancer that must be cured
The ultimate guide to Moabit

The ultimate guide to Moabit

Moabit? Tell Berliners that you live there, and you usually get a frown. In the days of West Germany, it was a bit secluded, cast against the wall on it’s eastern borders. And in the…