Thursday, August 7, 2014

An Anniversary in Berlin, and: Meet Our New Intern

Hello, out there! My name is Vanessa, and I’m a 20-year-old university student from California spending the summer in Berlin. I’m delighted to be joining the Berlinica team and to have the opportunity to share my experience of this wonderful city with you all.

I first came to Berlin in January of this year to complete a German course at the Goethe Institut before spending the spring semester at the University of Vienna. In just eight short weeks I absolutely fell in love with the German capital and was devastated to be leaving so soon. Sure, Vienna is a beautiful city—and a perfect one, theoretically, for a German Studies major interested in arts and culture—but it’s definitely no Berlin, so I made up my mind to come back once classes ended.

What sets Berlin apart is that there truly is something here for everyone. In the past couple months, I’ve convinced several friends to visit and always tailored our itinerary to their individual interests; so far, not one has been disappointed. All sorts of exhibitions, shows, and events are on every day: history, media, architecture, literature, politics—enthusiasts in any or all of these fields are guaranteed to be satisfied.
It’s my goal to bring a few of these great events and places to Berlinica readers’ attention, in particular those with interesting connections to what we’re currently working on. Coming up next week, I’ll be writing about a World War I exhibition at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in conjunction with our recently published collection of poetry and short stories from Kurt Tucholsky on World War I, Prayer After the Slaughter. Stay tuned!

Until next week, Vanessa

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