The Liberation of Paris

– On June 5, 1944, five minutes before midnight, a broadcast from Radio London began with a familiar introduction: "Here is London. The French speak to the French. Before we begin, please listen to some personal messages." French Résistance members huddled around their illegal radio receivers and listened attentively. The broadcast continued: "Les sanglots longs des violons de […]

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Moving from Canada to Germany

– The complete guide to moving to Germany, including information about visas, bank accounts and finding a place to live. Contains lots of useful advice for all Americans moving to Europe.

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Building a home server

Nicolas' home server

– I wanted to make finding, downloading, renaming, listing and playing the movies as simple as possible. Here's what I came up with.

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The Berlin airlift

– The grand story of the Berlin airlift in pictures. It's one of my favourite stories, and I couldn't help but share it with you.

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The way home

– How I remember Montreal, and how it will be to return home in the middle of the winter, eight months after I left.

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Ghosts of the war

– The scars of Germany's darkest hour are all over Berlin. Beyond the history books, the monuments and the museums, the subtle reminders of the most destructive war in human history are scattered about the city.

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– Another week, another city. A relaxing 24 hour trip to Leipzig.

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9 cities and 3 countries in 5 days


– A few weeks ago, I set to see one new city every week. Mission accomplished! Colmar, Basel, Bern, Neuchatel, Lausanne, Geneva, Lyon and Strasburg in 4 days.

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Woodstock, Dresden, Oranienburg and more


– A condensed version of what happened in the last 45 days. New apartment, new cities and new friends.

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What the travel guides omit

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– A tally of the small differences that make Europe, Germany and Berlin what they are.

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