Street art in Tbilisi, Georgia. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin play chess while drinking Georgian wine / © Photo: Georg Berg

Political Street Art in Georgia

Walking through the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 2023, one is struck by the many European, Ukrainian and Georgian flags, all conveying a clear message. The war in Ukraine is condemned as terrorism, for which Putin is responsible. The desire for Georgia to join the EU is also expressed. The political statements on the house walls are striking. Simple statements have the greatest persuasive power. Taken as a whole, they convey an unfiltered picture of the mood

Making-of Stollen baking. Georg Berg photographs master baker Tino Gierig from the Dresden Bakehouse baking an original Dresden Christmas Stollen / © Photo: Angela Berg

Everyone wants stollen!

For the winter issue of a gourmet magazine, we went to a Dresden stollen bakery in June. The original Dresden Christstollen has an eventful history and is today Saxony’s best-known ambassador of enjoyment. The fact that Dresden Christstollen is so popular also has to do with Augustus the Strong, who, just like us, did not adhere to the Stollen Etiquette, according to which one eats the first Christstollen on Christmas Eve. From the “Protzstollen” to the “Stollen Knigge”…

Collection of confiscated guns at Majete Wildlife Reserve. The park management of African Parks has assembled them into a memorial against poaching / © Photo: Georg Berg

20 years of African Parks in Malawi

In the Majete Wildlife Reserve, it stands like a memorial, the collage of countless rifles and guns that rangers have confiscated from poachers over the years. On August 29, 2023, the NGO African Parks celebrates the 20th anniversary of its commitment to conservation and biodiversity in Malawi.

Baobab at sunset / © Photo: Georg Berg

Baobab – Tree of Life

It stands out, its trunk is mighty and unusually wide, like a single giant elephant leg. We see the baobab tree again and again on our journey through Malawi. It is a gathering place in villages, standing on the bluffs of Lake Malawi, the floodplains of the Shire River, or along dusty roads. Its trunk serves as a water reservoir for the elephants in the dry season, its fruits are vitamin bombs and with its seeds the Malawis play their popular boabab game. Interesting facts about an icon of the savannah.

Courtyard Büyük Han, Great Inn, the largest caravanserai in Cyprus. Built by order of the first ruler of the Ottomans in Cyprus, Muzaffer Pasha, in 1572. In the courtyard there is a small mosque with a domed roof and a fountain for ablutions before prayer. The building is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Cyprus and is located in the northern Cypriot part of the divided city of Nicosia / © Photo: Georg Berg

For a coffee in the caravanserai

For 20 years now, they have been drinking coffee against the absurdity of their situation. They put gallows humor and tolerance against prejudice and propaganda. They sometimes self-deprecatingly call themselves the Traitors Club because they are friends and strive for reunification, which displeases many of their compatriots. On a Saturday in April 2023, we are guests of the Büyük Inn Coffee Club in Nicosia.

Back to the future: The tape recorder model Tesla in the Museum Utopia and Everyday Life for Everyday Culture of the GDR in Eisenhüttenstadt, Brandenburg / © Photo: Georg Berg

A Tesla is a Tesla. Who is Tesla?

Travel educates and museum visits broaden the horizon. Thank you Museum for Utopia and Everyday Life in Eisenhüttenstadt (former GDR) that I now think of so much more than the strange Mr. Musk when I hear the name Tesla!

Angel with beer crate in front of the Pope. A living statue strides through the Roman Gate in front of Cologne Cathedral with a beer crate, which it will use as a pedestal. In the background Pope Benedict VI waves in survival size from a poster / © Photo: Georg Berg

Cheating during Lent

Not angels, but monks once sent beer to the Pope in Rome. His blessing for a fasting beer was quickly granted, because it tasted so awful after the long journey that he found it worthy of a fasting drink and granted the monks 5 liters per day. Here now more cheating of the clergy against their own fasting laws.

Lützerath is occupied by climate activists. The previous owners have given up and sold their properties to RWE / © Photo: Georg Berg

The home and the climate

The small village of Lützerath rarely had more than 100 inhabitants. Thanks to climate activists, Lützi has become internationally known and a symbol. Several hundred places in the Rhenish lignite area have already fallen victim to the hunger for energy and the lignite excavators before

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