Berlin, in cartoon form

My time in Berlin, dear reader, is slowly drawing to a close. And so it’s time now for some retrospection. Much of this blog has focused on cultural differences between Germany and the United States: the things we Americans admire here, the things we miss, and the things that just perplex us.

In that latter category, much as I’ve tried, I’m afraid I simply haven’t done an adequate job through words. And so only one option remains.

Ladies and gentlemen, a cartoon tour of American bafflement in Germany!

(Disclaimer: I have absolutely no artistic talent, and so you probably won’t understand any of these unless you already know what I’m getting at. In which case they’re completely devoid of purpose. But nonetheless, here goes…)

(Oh wait, disclaimer #2: The only way I could think to depict an American was with a baseball cap. But since drawing a forward-facing baseball cap is beyond my abilities, if our American friend is looking back at you, then he’s wearing his hat sideways. This does not imply any untoward bro-ishness on his part. Take my word: He’s a good fellow in a strange land. OK, now here goes for real…) Read more of this post

Another urination scandal, feat. The Rolling Stones

I don’t quite know why I end up blogging about urination so much here in Germany, but it seems to be a recurring theme. Today’s installation: A small German town is at the center of feminist protests for its new museum’s urinals. Check out my short piece in the LA Times.

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