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

Price list at a market in Morocco / © Photo: Georg Berg

Parlez-vous Español, please

Review of the book by Françoise Hauser, in which she describes the differences and similarities of many world languages in an easily understandable way.

Annabelle Hirsch, journalist with German-French roots explains the genesis of her first book. Things. A history of women in 100 objects / © Photo: Georg Berg

Things. A history of women

For Annabelle Hirsch, everyday objects are not trivia, but access to history. Her look at 100 objects opens a Wunderkammer of femininity

Laugh in Translation

On the occasion of the lifting of entry restrictions in October 22, a report on our trip through the Japanese province appears in the Shizuoka Shimbun.

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