If ever there was something that screams white privilege and male privilege, it’s spending time thinking about time travel to the past. So, sorry about that in advance. Here’s what I was thinking: if we could time travel, but only within the confines of one city, which city would you choose? You can go backwards and forwards in time. You’d get your money’s worth in Athens, obvs. Luxor, Beirut, Damascus, too. New York’d probably be fun. London, Paris, Rome, too. But for me, it’d be the two cities I’ve lived in the longest in my adult years: Berlin or Mexico City.
In Mexico City, it’d be fun to go back to see if the Aztecs really did see an eagle eating a snake on top of a cactus. To see the city forming on an island in a lake. And in more recent times, to see how the city grew so quickly.
But really, I don’t think there’d be a more interesting place to be, for me, than Berlin. The last 100 years or so alone would be worth it.
A wee bit of artwork
The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Lo Boob Oscillator by Stereolab
On this day
A skinny door, 10 February 2011
Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article