Hamburgers and Berliners and other courses in between None
One of the joys of traveling is to see the world with fresh eyes, to delight in the simple variations that life elsewhere holds So what a treat to read Matt Potter s new book, Hamburgers and Berliners and Other Courses in Between, just as my own homesickness for Germany was starting to kick in Part travelogue, part memoir, and with a hefty dose of cultural and personal musings, one man, approaching middle age, decides he can wait no longer to realize his dream of living in Germany Collected as a [...]
Both travel journal and an examination of cultural diversity, this book is a joy and a must read for the observant soul that relishes travel as the mirror through which we not only gain a better understanding of other people but of ourselves Laugh out loud funny, profoundly insightful, touching in its willingness to admit fallibility, this is one that will resonate with everyone who s ever lived outside their country and can laugh about it.
Matt Potter s memoir about being an expat Aussie living and working in Germany in 2008 and 2009 entertains from start to finish, and Potter s personality, perseverance, and sense of humor shine as he adjusts to and often enjoys German life The book is essentially a series of emails written to friends back home Potter tells of walks around various cities in Germany and other parts of Europe, restaurants and the meals he chooses, people he observes, people he meets socially and at work, and all al [...]
Australians have a reputation as intrepid travelers Matt Potter s latest book fortifies that impression Potter spent two extended stays in Germany, the first in Hamburg, the second in Berlin While there Potter supported himself by teaching English as a second language The book is composed of the email dispatches he sent to friends and family back home Would that we all had a friend abroad sending us emails like these With keen eyes, ears, and a sly sense of humor, Potter turns mundane travel det [...]
When I read Hamburgers and Berliners I felt first envy envy of the travelling, the work and the experiences Then I felt awe that someone did all of this all alone Finally, respect and admiration that the experiences were recorded in so much glorious detail and so many hilarious observations The descriptions of the breakfasts and the shopping trips, the tangled transport experiences and the encounters with natives and other travellers are brilliant When I finished the book, I felt a huge sense of [...]