From Germany : "Has he ever heard about Hitler?"

Michael Wagener (Köln) - Corrections Nuria Ortiz (Edimbourg) - 
Deutschland, Oh Deutschland! During a bus trip via Egypt a policeman asked me for my passport. As he recognized that I was German, he shouted Bayern Munich and mentioned that BMWs are the best cars in the world. Everything is good in Germany!“ Has he ever heard about Hitler?

Photos ©Michael Wagener

Kanzler Merkel and Bayer Munich are words that seem to be known everywhere in the world. During a bus trip via Egypt a policeman asked me for my passport.  As he recognized that I was German, he shouted Bayern Munich and mentioned that  BMWs are the best cars in the world. Everything is good in Germany!“ Has he ever heard about Hitler?

And still now it seems that Germany has the best economy and is one of the most efficient countries in Europe, if you ask the newspapers. But, is it the case?

I have travelled a lot around my own country because I have a distance relationship with a woman who lives 350 kilometers away. In addition,  whenever I have the time to travel, I try to avoid the same routes and explore new and small places  of my country.

“The Black Forest, Cologne Cathedral, the Brandenburg Gate—we’ve selected the most iconic sights and incredible places so you can enjoy the real Germany with the minimum of fuss”.  Says the introduction of the lonely planet Germany.

But Germany is more than leather trousers, Bavarian veal sausages and  beautiful medieval landscapes. It is also a country with many issues.

Of course during the days of the Carnival celebrations, it is a land where people seem to have the right mood to solve all the problems of the world.

Moreover, there are still marks of the confrontation between East and West Germany and another issue is that the gap between rich and poor people is growing.

During a short trip to Hamburg I had the possibility to meet the  refugees of Lampedusa, whose shelter is a small church in the middle of Hamburg, St.Pauli. I (1) was shocked about the long and hard way of the refugees through whole Europe to find this place in Germany. They are still fighting for their right to remain in this country. But I was not sure, if they expect the circumstances as they escaped from their poor life in Africa. I was also impressed by the great support of thousands of people and the demonstrations held in their support.

But, is it worthy to live in Germany?. A few hundred kilometers southeast, I stayed in a small town in eastern Germany for a week. I was impressed by the landscapes and old buildings. But I realized that every house had a  barking dog and there were high fences and walls everywhere. It seemed like everybody was trying to protect their own small house and yard. I talked to an old man and he explained me the story: there was a conflict between the neighbours a few years ago and they still hate each other in the whole town.

And in the last few days, I experienced again the easy and funny life during the days of carnival in Cologne. Yes, this small city with a big church. During five days it seems normal to talk to a speaking strawberry or meet pirates in the streets.

If you want to explore Germany, you have to put aside advice from guide books. And if you want to travel slow like Dan Kieran you will be better travelling by  train in Germany... but you  have to have nerves of steel.

Michael Wagener (Köln)- Corrections Nuria Ortiz (Edimbourg)

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
  • ©Michael Wagener
    ©Michael Wagener ©Michael Wagener
  • Weimar ©Michael Wagener
    ©Michael Wagener Weimar ©Michael Wagener
  • ©Michael Wagener
    Panorama- ©Michael Wagener ©Michael Wagener
  • ©Michael Wagener
    ©Michael Wagener
  • ©Michael Wagener
    ©Michael Wagener ©Michael Wagener
  • ©Michael Wagener
    Kleinb Panorama- ©Michael Wagener ©Michael Wagener
  • ©Michael Wagener
    ©Michael Wagener ©Michael Wagener
  • ©Michael Wagener
    ©Michael Wagener ©Michael Wagener
  • ©Michael Wagener
    ©Michael Wagener ©Michael Wagener
  • ©Michael Wagener
    ©Michael Wagener ©Michael Wagener
  • ©Michael Wagener
    ©Michael Wagener ©Michael Wagener
  • ©Michael Wagener
    ©Michael Wagener ©Michael Wagener
  • ©Michael Wagener
    ©Michael Wagener ©Michael Wagener

  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • linkedin
  • Mixx
  • MySpace
  • netvibes
  • Twitter
 

ÉVÉNEMENTS

VINTAGE & COLLECTIONS

Eté 1967, les Procol Harum sortent le "slow qui tue", "A Whiter Shade of Pale", une des chansons les plus diffusées de ces dernières années et une des plus reprises. Et la dernière version se trouve dans le nouvel album de Santana,"Blessings and Miracles". Lire la suite, ici.


SORTIR À PARIS


Paris - Jusqu'au dimanche 2 janvier 2022
Dalí, l'énigme sans fin

L'Atelier des Lumières vous propose jusqu'au 2 janvier 2022 une balade dans les oeuvres du plus insaisissable des Catalans, Salvator Dali. Une exposition immersive sur une bande son des Pink Floyd. A ne pas rater. Lire la suite, ici.



ATELIER DES LUMIÈRES
38 RUE SAINT-MAUR
PARIS 11E
16 EUROS

BRÈVES

Journée nationale contre le harcèlement scolaire

Depuis le 1er janvier 18 enfants se sont suicidés en France et, chaque année, plus de 700 000 élèves sont victimes de harcèlement scolaire soit près d'un enfant sur dix. En savoir plus, ici.

 
Une messe pour la mémoire d'un cruel dictateur
Le 20 nov 2021 jour de la mort du dictateur Franco a eu lieu une messe à Grenade où assistait le numéro du PP (parti de droite). Une droite qui refuse le travail de mémoire et une reconnaissance des fosses aux 110 000 assassinés
 
Un enregistrement inédit de Lennon mis aux enchères

Estimé entre 27 000 et 40 000 euros, une cassette audio avec un enregistrement inédit de John Lennon va être mise aux enchères à Copenhague le 28 septembre. Il y chante une œuvre inédite, réalisée en 1970 lors d’un séjour méconnu au Danemark.

 
Brésil-Le ministre de l'environnement fier acteur de la déforestation
Cynisme en politique ! Salles, l'ex ministre de l'environnement est un fier acteur pris la main dans le sac du déboisement amazonien pour enrichissement familial.
 
Le salon Livre Paris devient un Festival
En 2022, le Salon du livre change de nom et de formule. Il s'installera, du 21 au 24 avril, au Grand palais de Paris, mais aussi dans la proche couronne parisienne et, à terme, dans toute la France.