CSD 2013: Hamburg

A few weeks ago (noticing a trend here?) my BFF Edwin and I went to Hamburg for the gay pride weekend, officially known as Christopher Street Day. Continue reading


My internship at Der Tagesspiegel is going well. As an intern, I’m mostly doing “busy work” – formatting articles to be published online and building picture galleries – but I’m getting more and more chances to write! Continue reading

Erfurt and Weimar: An excursion into Thuringia

Last Saturday me and four friends took a little day trip to Erfurt and Weimar, two cute little German cities deep in Thuringia. Continue reading

My new internship (and a long-overdue update on the past 6 weeks)

The classes portion of our program finished up last week. I really enjoyed the excursions we did every Tuesday most of all. Some memorable ones included: Touring a mosque in Kreuzberg, seeing an outdoor theater production in Monbijou Park, and touring a German radio station. Continue reading

Week 1: The program, the people and the living situation

Every time I fly across the Atlantic, it reminds me how much I hate it. Continue reading

Announcement: I’m going back!

Several weeks ago I applied for a scholarship through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service – trust me, the acronym makes sense in German) to study journalism in Berlin at the Freie Universität this summer. Well guess what?

I GOT IT!!! Continue reading


Alison eats a Döner

Alison eats a Döner

Me eating a Döner at the famous shop at Rosa-Luxembourg Platz in Berlin. Döner is a common German street food which has recently surpassed in popularity both Currywurst and pizza. The dish originated in Turkey and was brought to Germany (Berlin in particular) by Turkish migrant workers after WWII, but it has now developed independently in Germany and I’m told it’s actually quite different today than the Döner eaten in Turkey. It’s related to the Greek gyro and Israeli schwarma. Honestly, I don’t know the difference between the three. Döner in Berlin is usually served on a grilled pita-like flat bread with meat (or falafel) on the bottom, shredded lettuce in the middle, and onions on top. It varies between different places what else you’ll find on it, but some usual suspects include tomato, cucumbers, and/or red cabbage. This particular shop put big slices of Feta cheese in there, too.

Fact: There is no graceful way to eat a Döner.