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November 25, 2008
Twenty three years ago was Foreign study; although enrolled at the University of Bonn, this was the week of the organized pilgrimage to Berlin. We ate Turkey Dinner at the Embassy, shopped in the fabulous flea markets, saw La Cage Aux Folles, drank red wine with Jean and stared solemnly at the soldiers with machine guns on the East Berlin subway platforms. I walked with my Sony Walkman playing Bowie’s “Heroes” album, surprised every time I found the wall and remember Kreuzburg as a fascinating peek into big city multiculturalism, even while I shied away from the idea of NYC.