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Dunkel. Dreckig. Reudnitz. Martin.

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Portrait of Martin Meißner, the blogger behind Dunkel. Dreckig. Reudnitz. (Photo: Stefan Hopf)

The 30-year-old behind one of Leipzig’s most popular online pages talks about his creation, takes us to some of his favorite local spots, and tells us why he and others are deciding to settle down in Reudnitz.

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Kay Fochtmann: German lens, Brazilian soul

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    Cablecar ride at the Sugar Loaf in Rio. (Photo: Kay Fochtmann)
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    A man working in the favela. (Photo: Kay Fochtmann)
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    Surfer boy in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Kay Fochtmann)
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    Favela da Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Kay Fochtmann)

“Besides soaking it all in… the life, the laughter, the music, the scent, the language, the good and the bad, I helped the tour guide pick up the tourists at their hotels, made sure that everyone was following the unwritten favela community rules, and watched out that the tourists only took pictures where they were allowed to do so.” – Kay Fochtmann. See his photo exhibit at VHS and read the interview on LeipGlo.

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Leipzig and Houston: through thick and thin

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We "heart" Houston sculpture. (Photo: public domain)

People in Leipzig have been pitching in to help its sister city of Houston as it reels from Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, amid a partnership that has lasted over two decades.

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A clear view of democracy at the Reichstag

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Even if you can't vote or are not interested in German politics, there are many good reasons to visit the Reichstag, parliament building in heart of Berlin. (Photo: public domain)

On our visit, my friend and I saw the sun set. The glass and mirrors of the Reichstag dome caught and magnified the glow. And as we peered down through the many slices of reflected light, we could see the blue chairs where Germany’s political representatives make their laws.

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Facing the “dark side” to help other journalists in Europe

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Who would have thought that journalists could be thrown into jail on a daily basis on this continent, just for doing their job? The ECPMF can tell you more. (Photo: public domain)

Many journalists equate a career move into PR with going to the “dark side,” for its aspect of “promotion” rather than “news.” But what if it’s done precisely to help journalists under threat in Europe – which has become the real “dark side?” Journalist Sophie Albers Ben Chamo gives us insights as she prepares for her first conference in her new job in Leipzig, as press officer for ECPMF.

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The day Leipzig met the Champions League

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Red Bull Arena. By Philipp - Flickr: Leipzig von oben: Zentralstadion, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons.

“Champions League games are particularly peaceful affairs, as alcoholic beverages aren’t sold at the stadium. I didn’t tell my dad, and he drank his 0% beer in blissful ignorance.”

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