Moon over Berlin chapter alert and author’s notes!

Culture shock often centers around small things, or at least it often has for me. Living in a different culture is very different from visiting, as Dima is about to find out. Daily showers and using deodorant are two of the small things that add up to make him a stranger in a strange land. Meanwhile, plans are afoot to get him out of Germany. But Bill just stumbled over a piece of information that could wreck everything.

Author’s notes:

I often felt like a stranger in a strange land during the 5 years I lived in West Berlin. One thing that took me a long time to get used to was the fact that Germans of that day rarely used deodorant. Unlike many Russians, they were fastidious about daily showers, but to my delicate American nose, a crowded U-Bahn ride during the after-work rush could smell fairly “ripe.” After a few months, I stopped noticing.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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