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In June, we went back to Germany for several weeks. We stayed in Göttingen, Elvershausen and Berlin again. After an amazing wedding in Göttingen (see some of my inspirations on Pinterest), we finished the trip with a visit to Berlin — just in time for the EuroCup games.

Germany played the Netherlands while we were there. Berlin had several locations set up with large outdoor screens broadcasting the game, including at the Brandenburg Gate. Crowds gathered to drink, watch the game and to yell.

We staked out a spot near Checkpoint Charlie, where a city block had been roped off and turned into a makeshift beach with a large screen TV. We got there early and claimed two front row beach chairs that were set up for viewers.

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With the Berlin Marathon out of the way, the rest of the trip was quite relaxing. : ) After Berlin, we went to Goettingen, where my boyfriend grew up and where his sister’s family lives. We were able to stay in the newly renovated downstairs flat at his sister’s house. Goettingen is known for its strong ties to academics. It is a university town and many famous scholars are from the area.

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Proof image from the Berlin Marathon

On September 24, I was off to Germany again. This time, the trip was for vacation with my German boyfriend. He has run 35 marathons and signed us up for the 2010 Real Berlin Marathon. I have never wanted to run a full marathon, but I figured that I should at least give it a try. I trained to 20 of the 26 miles. More training would have been ideal. We arrived on September 25 and the race was on September 26. The morning of the race, I put on my awesome Brooks Adrenaline running shoes and Brooks jacket, and we felt great — we woke up ready to win.

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Retro-blogging fail. I forgot to add my post about Casual Connect Hamburg, Germany. 😦

February 10-12, 2010 was Casual Connect Hamburg. The excellent news (other than great meetings with wonderful partners and learning about new opportunities) was that the new Radisson Blu hotel had finished construction. Last year, the building was completely under scaffolding during my visit. (more…)

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In Germany, the past and present of communication technology resounds through the cities. Ancient churches feature pre-literacy communication: colorful stained glass windows tell the stories of The Bible. Marienkirche (St. Mary’s church) in the northern town of Lübeck features an old Gutenberg press. In Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a different St. Mary’s Church stands within the same sightline as the tallest structure in the country, Berliner Fernsehturm: the space-age-esque Berlin Television Tower (photo below).

Mobile technology has a presence with store front shops in historic buildings, offering carrier services from E-Plus and T-Punkt (photo below) the Germanic arm of T-mobile. There seems to be stronger trend of downloadable mobile features in Germany than Seattle. TV advertisements play consecutively to encourage text-based downloads of animated animals and women.

Photos by Andreas Steinhoff and Christy Luther:
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T-Punkt

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