Copenhagen vs Berlin and the myth of mutual exclusion
24/7: The city that never sleeps

24/7: The city that never sleeps

The city that never sleeps? It’s probably arrogance and ignorance of the west to immediately think of New York. Look east, towards Putin’s Russia, where a dormant giant is waking up at an incredible pace….

Ten myths about Berlin debunked

Ten myths about Berlin debunked

Berlin, the capital of hipsterland, the coolest place in Europe?! Yeah, I love living here, but not everything is nice and shiny. Time to debunk some popular misconceptions about the Hauptstadt.

Digging for Russia’s soul, part 1

Digging for Russia’s soul, part 1

So you thought Moscow was basically a vast collection of concrete highrise towers, occupied by orthodox, capitalism-fearing Christians? You were right, but also incredibly wrong. Because Moscow is what you want it to be. If…

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…

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…

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