Fact and Fiction on the Autobahn

By / March 2017

In Germany, writes Tara Thomas, the idea of a national speed limit is as controversial as gun control in the U.S.


In Germany, Humanity Amid Upheaval

By / November 2015

Refugees and migrants are flooding into Germany. At an elementary school in Moers, writes Tara Thomas, the crisis gets personal.


Desperately Seeking Autumn

By / September 2015

Even in the Ruhr, far from the famous Oktoberfests and vibrant forests, fall, writes Tara Thomas, has its charms: “I needed to look at trees with bright leaves. But how? The Ruhr is landscaped with steel plants.”


First Time in Frankfurt, Again

By / July 2015

Tara Thomas finds surprise on the German autobahn. “We couldn’t wait to leave buttoned-up Frankfurt. So why did returning feel like coming home?”


Diversion and Solidarity in a German Market

By / February 2015

Hawking and other kinds of yelling are not typical in the prized serenity of German culture, but occasionally an eager vendor at the weekly market breaks the rule.


Confessions of a Hoarder

By / December 2014

In Germany, writes Tara Thomas, getting rid of trash is a serious, and frequently bewildering, business.

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