Landing in Berlin was the moment we understood that our Tocqueville-roadtrip was definitely over. On one hand we were happy to be home again, but on the other we already missed being on the road, meeting new people, learning new … Continue reading
So here we go, it’e election night. We’ve found a spot in the Busboys & Poets bar, a “democratic stronghold”, as somebody here just told us. The place is very popular, the atmosphere is a bit like the public viewing … Continue reading
We’ve arrived in D.C. with just one day to go till the election. Here’s a summary of how we’ve experienced the campaign while traveling across the United States in the last four weeks. For more, check out the Election category … Continue reading
Ohio is probably the most important battle ground state in this election and the race there is very close. According to the latest CNN poll, Obama leads Romney by 3 percent. Both candidates will campaign in Ohio repeatedly before November … Continue reading
We went to see a football game in Nashville today. The Tennessee Titans were playing against the Indianapolis Colts. Before the game our couchsurfing hosts took us tailgating in the stadium’s parking lot. Tailgating involves drinking beer and having a … Continue reading
Yesterday, we spoke to Randy and Benjamin at the volunteer organisation Hands On New Orleans. We wanted to know how well the city has recovered from Hurricane Katrina.
In tonight’s debate, Obama and Romney were supposed to discuss foreign policy issues. They did, in a sense, but they also brought up their standard talking points on domestic issues again and again, with hardly any interference by moderator Bob … Continue reading
According to Wikipedia, Green Bay is the smallest metropolitan area in the United States that has a professional sports team, the Green Bay Packers. But boy, are people proud of their football team! Everybody here’s a Packers fan. And when … Continue reading
In the race between Obama and Romney, more money is spent on campaigning than in any previous election. Where is this money coming from? There are three main types of campaign financing in this election.
Tonight, the second presidential debate between Obama and Romney took place. We put together a storify board of the best tweets, videos, and quotes.
Thanks to our hosts Amanda, Anna and Diego, we just had a wonderful time in Buffalo (and at Niagara falls, here are some pictures). All three of them are very active in their community, organising various volunteer programs.
Joe Biden debated Paul Ryan tonight. They put up an entertaining and pointed 90 minutes that I would summarize like this: And the debate is over. Biden was more energetic and aggressive, Ryan seemed a bit bland but well prepared. … Continue reading
We’re in Albany right now, some 150 miles up the Hudson River from New York City. We couchsurfed and stayed with Patrick and Torben. They were telling us a little about the city, which won the All-America City Award in … Continue reading
Equality is one of the key concepts in Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. “Nothing struck me more forcibly than the general equality of condition among the people”, he wrote. Yet, what did he mean by equality? Today, we spoke to Professor … Continue reading
“So here we are in New York …” That’s what Tocqueville wrote on May 14, 1831, in a letter to his mother. And we’re happy to write the same on our blog today. We made it safely across the Atlantic … Continue reading
In den fünf Wochen unserer Reise werden wir rund 5.000 Kilometer zurücklegen – von New York zu den Großen Seen und von New Orleans bis Washington D.C. Hier die Einzelheiten unserer Route. Unsere Reiseroute besteht aus einer Nordhälfte und einer … Continue reading
Hallo! Am 7. Oktober starten wir einen Roadtrip durch die USA. Wir werden vom Wahlkampf berichten und vor allem der Frage nachgehen, was die amerikanische Gesellschaft spaltet und zusammenhält. Als Inspiration dient uns die Reise des französischen Philosophen Alexis de … Continue reading