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Book Review: Let’s Take Berlin by Jessica Guzik

Have you ever been planning a trip, a short vacation or maybe even an entire move to another country for so and so many months or years? If you have, then you surely have at times wanted to know what may await you at your destination . What is life like outside the tourist bubble? What can I get at the supermarket? What do people eat after a hangover? etc. I can…

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Why We Need Libraries to Fight Social Inequality

In a district in Berlin among its Turkish residents stood once the Jerusalem Library, not far from the city’s Jewish Hospital. With a gloomy face, 10 year-old me walked up to the building in search of a book to read, as ordered by my mother. There was a new rule in our house at the time, that at least two hours of my day as a third grader with little to no…

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The Movies and Books That Inspire My Travels

As I grow older I realize how difficult it becomes for me to find a book that really fascinates me. One that I would read while waiting for the train instead of listening to music or that I would secretly get lost in,  the pages hidden under the desk, instead of listening to a lecture I find rather shallow in content. With time it also becomes difficult to sit through a movie…

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A Book Nerd’s Heaven

“I have spent way too much money this month”, my friend Aidah said thoughtfully. I agreed with a nod she couldn’t see and we both crossed the street in the Prenzlauer Berg district, not sure where exactly we were headed. “Look!”, she exclaimed out of nowhere, “a book store! Let’s go in.” In front of the large window stood a row of tables with books that looked as if they had already been read…

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Learning German? Read These Books!

A friend of mine who has embarked on the tedious yet adventurous journey of learning German, has asked me whether I could recommend any German books to read. Dumbstruck as usual whenever someone asks me to recommend something, I immediately forgot about any book I had ever seen or read in my whole life and started staring aimlessly into space. What is a book and what am I supposed to do with…

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How to Get Your Hands on Books For Less: A Guide for Germany Newcomers

While I am reading what seems like an endless amount of books at once, jumping from Anthony Doerr, to James Barr to Noam Chomsky to Erich Maria Remarque and what else I have on my bedside table, I thought I should dedicate a post to the topic of books, now that it has been quite a literary week for me. In Berlin books are quite a luxury, especially for bookworms who at…

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Books and Art at Café Moskau

‘Don’t you dare to spill that Jim Beam and Cola can all over me! DON’T YOU DARE!!’ I thought silently while angrily eyeing the man who was standing next to my seat and was slightly swinging from right to left as the already over filled train that was taking a turn just in that moment. The horror of being on the train, surrounded by already slightly drunk Hertha soccer fans on a…

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