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Helena Flam

Helena Flam has 11 articles published.

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Helena Flam is a self-described nomad who got stuck in Leipzig as a professor of sociology. For LeipGlo, she cites from her mind's travel logs. She enjoys exploring and sightseeing. She's a great consumer of fiction, and likes good art exhibits, an occasional concert, film and biking. What are you in search of? I think I stopped looking.

Crossing over from BRD to GDR

in History/Society
Trabant GDR
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Aiming to show different perspectives on this 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution, we turn things around and present the story of someone who actually moved from West to East Germany in 1988, leaving certain comforts for a simple life on a farm.

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On the lovely people of Japan

in Philosophies/Travel
Reenactment of old Japanese ceremony in Kyoto. (Photo: Helena Flam; photo editing: Ana Ribeiro)
Reenactment of old Japanese ceremony in Kyoto. (Photo: Helena Flam; photo editing: Ana Ribeiro)

Before you know it, they spot your helplessness, adopt you and run your life.

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Bitten by mosquitoes in Hong Kong

in Philosophies/Travel

“I thought back to my own noble discomfort at treating the poverty of others as a tourist attraction.”

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US in Leipzig: sweet & sour or bitter medicine?

in Politics/Society

Sociologist Helena Flam ponders possible intepretations or reasons for the appointment of a former refugee from Minsk, married to his same-sex partner, as the new US Consul to Leipzig.

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Happy in Hong Kong (Part I of series)

in Society/Travel
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Hong Kong. (Photo: Ana Ribeiro)
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Hong Kong. (Photo: Ana Ribeiro)

“So much light, so many happy people, a hotel just next to densely squeezed, Michelin-starred hot food stalls on the nearest street corner, and a burgundy shoe box shop offering all sorts of strange liquids and jellies.”

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Accidentally kidnapped in Belfast

in History/Politics/Travel

One wrong turn can lead to discovering the reality of living in a place.

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