Germans Love a Day off, even if the Reasons behind it Are Uninspiring

This morning the sky was grey, I think. It was difficult to see though through the even greyer fog. Tis the season of grey, which is exactly how many Germans view their country’s Einheitsfeier, or Germany’s Day of Unity, which takes place today (3rd Oct). Here in Bavaria the feelings of blaise are even more acute.… Read More Germans Love a Day off, even if the Reasons behind it Are Uninspiring

Germany Still Has a Wall that Divides

If you travel by train or car in Germany for any distance, a few aspects of Germanness are inescapable. They all share similar ideas of orderliness, tidiness, and structure. Other pillars of Germanness, especially in the workplace, include punctuality, productivity, and thoroughness. These are the things that unite them, a sort of common consciousness,  a… Read More Germany Still Has a Wall that Divides

Munich’s Connections to Ukraine Are Long, Dark and Deep

From its earliest beginnings there had always been one country which could have potentially destroyed the Soviet Union from within. That country was Ukraine. Poised like a blade on the soft underbelly of Russia, Ukraine had the population, the geographic position and the plausibility to strike a mortal wound at the Soviet Union. Stalin, aware… Read More Munich’s Connections to Ukraine Are Long, Dark and Deep