I am a sucker for stained glass; I consider them comic books from another era. They taught stories about religion to those who couldn’t read and as such I find them fascinating. Occasionally they resemble medieval cartoons. Now Freiburg Cathedral has one of the best stained glass window collections in Europe. The bishop of the […]
What do you call someone from..
We all know Londoner, Parisian and New Yorker. But what are the names for the citizens of other cities and states? Or, as we call them, demonyms? Easy to make up one by adding -er or -ian (or -ois in French) to the name. But I’ve been long interested in the more obscure appellations and […]
Berlin: Is there anything left from the old GDR?
The first time I went to Berlin was August 1989 and the Wall was still up. I remember changing 25 DM at a rate 1:1, crossing into East Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie, spending one complete day in the East, eating lunch, dinner, paying entrance for museums, spending money on transport and still being left with […]