German Lifestyle

Set off with Peter Pabisch, Professor Emeritus of German at the University of New Mexico, on a trip to prove a theory and to enjoy time with friends.
By Peter Pabisch • Photographs Courtesy Peter Pabisch

At the end of October, I returned from a six-week journey mostly through the German speaking world. It was meant to be dedicated to my research in German Studies mixed with personal memories. In fact, I wanted to study and observe the status quo of today’s German world, and how it has changed since the disappearance of the Iron Curtain or the Fall of the Berlin Wall, a historical phenomenon that changed all of Europe as it exists today within the European Union. The European lifestyle has changed dramatically since the end of World War II, and even more so since 1989, when Europe became united democratically through a common legal system. Although not everything went as smoothly as hoped for, as the younger generation has moved away from national confinements to a more European and Western attitude that includes U.S. influences.

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