In Germany, writes Tara Thomas, the idea of a national speed limit is as controversial as gun control in the U.S.
Refugees and migrants are flooding into Germany. At an elementary school in Moers, writes Tara Thomas, the crisis gets personal.
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.”
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?”
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.
In Germany, writes Tara Thomas, getting rid of trash is a serious, and frequently bewildering, business.