Hi, my name's Ian. Politics is my job, but it's also my interest! I love learning about the ways that current events, history, politics, technology and culture shape our day to day lives.
Berlin is a city with a rich history, a place that was the epicenter of the most important events of the 20th century. Seventy years ago, 90% of the city was destroyed during the Second World War. Twenty years ago, it was two cities representing two countries and two ideologies. The legacy of those events is still visible, from the deliberately un-repaired war damage to the remnants of the Berlin Wall to the ruins of old train stations. I want this blog to be a forum in which I can look at the city and the world through the lens of history, politics, and culture. Hopefully, you'll enjoy it too.
Why Berlin? Berlin is a world class city that doesn't want to be one. It's also cheaper than New York. The interplay between economics, politics, technology, history and culture make Berlin one of the most exciting places in the world to live. The future is being built in the same city that is so heavily influenced by the past.
Why Now? I lived and worked in New York City for five years. While there, I developed a strong attachment to the city itself: the people, the buildings themselves, the history. I am bringing that love for one city - as a place, as a home, as an idea - to a new place. And hopefully incorporating some of that passion into my hobbies and career.