June 2024


Whatchamacallit 48: Goethe and Schiller, finger puppets.

Living in Weimar for 6 years – my first six years in Germany – I learned something important very quickly: Weimar IS THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING.

Weimar is home to Goethe (died 1832), Schiller (died 1805), and is The European Capital of Culture (1999). It is the home to all great German things.

Spend […]

Whatchamacallit 31: Vase from Weimar

Down in Weimar there’s a cute ceramics shop, moccarot.

After having admired their work over the years – and having purchased their work as presents for friends, I finally bought something for myself the last time I was in Weimar, back in July 2018.

It seems like it was a long time ago, so […]

Whatchamacallit 5: Hier war Goethe nie

Before moving to Germany, I think it is safe to say that I had not really thought at all about Germany and its history – beyond the typical broad strokes that Americans learn about: Germany was responsible for World War I and for World War II.

I could go on about the accuracy of […]

when I am running, the world also runs with me

Thursday was a fun day – meeting old friends in Leipzig (coffee during a forced one hour layover at the train station), Jena (old work colleagues: I still have a mailbox at the old office. No mail in it), and Weimar (lots of friends).

In the evening I found myself at the gallery opening for […]

Visiting the European Capital of Culture (1999)

I had a great long weekend in Weimar.

Honestly, I’m not the typical tourist – I didn’t do the holy Goethe and Schiller thing, although I did walk past their statues in Theaterplatz.

Overall, in the eleven months since I’ve moved, not much has changed. There are a few more buildings that have been renovated […]

I <3 WE: Visiting the European Capital of Culture (1999)

My first time in Weimar today. I returned 30 minutes later for a longer visit.

Back when I took my apartment in Weimar, I knew that my time remaining in Weimar would be limited, so one important (but unspoken) criteria was that my apartment would be easy to get rid of—that I would be […]

Somehow I’m still not jaded…

A few years ago I was in Washington DC, walking down the street, playing the part of tourist, when I came upon some locals – people playing football in the park, jogging down the streets, carrying groceries home.

I was envious – these were people who get to live every day in a fabulous city […]

Lesson Learned in 2010: On Guests

One thing I’ve learned this year is that it’s easier to convince my friends and family living in America to come visit me now that I’m living in Berlin.

For some reason, despite Weimar’s relationship with Goethe and Schiller, plus it’s outstandingness as endorsed by the fact that it is the European Capital of Culture […]

This week in my mailbox

Surprisingly I get less advertising in my mailbox in Berlin than I did in Weimar–so much less that I haven’t felt the urge to put up the “No advertising or free newspapers” sticker at all!

This week I got a flier from Berlin-Express, a package tour provider, touting trips to Dubai, Karneval in Venedig, and […]

I’m Still Cheesed at VR Bank Weimar

Usually it’s enough to post a short thing for me to calm down, but the truth is I am still fuming about VR Bank Weimar, eG, the bank that served me for six, long, awful years.

It took moving to Berlin for me to finally do what I should have done two years ago after […]