Germany Parliamentary Library Study Tour 2007

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Wikitravel and World 66 August 21, 2007

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Wikitravel is a travel guide using wiki software.  It looks a lot like Wikipedia, but that’s only because they use the same software to operate the site.  It is owned by a separate company called Internet Brands, Inc., which also owns another travel wiki called World 66.

Wikitravel’s Berlin and Munich pages have the cold, sterile wiki page look to them.  World 66’s Berlin and Munich pages look a bit more like a traditional travel site.  Both, however, can be edited by anyone, which means all advice should be taken with the same grain of salt that you use when reading a Wikipedia entry.

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IHT Travel Blog August 7, 2007

The International Herald Tribune began adding reporters’ blogs to its site in early 2006.  This past May, they added Globespotters, a travel guide billing itself as “Urban advice from reporters who live there.”  The blog only “officially” covers six cities: Bangkok, Hong Kong, London, Rome, Paris and, most importantly for this tour, Berlin.  (There is, however, one post about Amsterdam, as well as a post about Munich filed under the Berlin category.)

On the front page of Globespotters, you can find in the upper right corner a box featuring the six destinations.  You can click on either the main blog for a city, or the Travel Basics link.  For example, take a look at the Travel Basics for Berlin.  Since I will be traveling with my laptop, I was happy to see the following:

“TECHNOLOGY: As for being able to log on, slowly but surely, coffee bars are providing wi-fi. But if you want to browse without too much cigarette smoke, check out the smoking situation.”

Also, having just blogged about Kollwitzplatz, I was happy to see a restaurant recommendation for that neighborhood: Gugelhof, an Alsatian restaurant.  Of course, we have a day trip to Strasbourg on October 12, but if you’re like me and can’t get enough of Alsace, it might be worth a trip!

One last note about IHT: in today’s travel section, there is a report about strikes affecting the Deutsche Bahn rail system.  So far the strikes are affecting freight trains, but the driver’s union indicated that they will move to passenger trains next.  Pilots from the airline LTU are also striking.

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Kollwitzplatz August 1, 2007

Gridskipper is a travel blog featuring information about visiting cities around the world, including Berlin, Munich, and other locales in Germany.  It is openly geared towards urban hipsters, but you can also find tips on areas that aren’t über-trendy.  For example, a recent post discussed the Kollwitzplatz neighborhood:

“If you are coming to Berlin to see Europe and not row upon row of greasy pubs, then Kollwitzplatz will charm you for its quaintness.”

Kollwitzplatz is 4.4km (2.7 miles) from the Apartments am Brandenburger Tor, where we will be staying while in Berlin.

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International Information Programs June 15, 2007

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USINFO – The United States Department of State

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German for Travellers May 30, 2007

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This looks like a nice free web site for practicing our German! Check it out.

German For Travellers – Learn German

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