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Kafka's Treasures

Kafka's Treasures

The Beer Is Really Good

The first ten days of the Kafka Project Research was pure tour, and & our Travel Director Corky Lang kept a & "Magical Mystery" journal, which he has shared with us. A former San Diegan and theatre producer/production manager now living and working in Chicago, Corky leads tours all over the world. Corky designed, organized and led the first & Magical Mystery Literary History Tour for us this summer. He kept & everything moving smoothly and effortlessly--for us. It's not as easy as it looks. One of the key phrases that Corky was able to repeat in every city we visited began to resonate with all of us by the time we reached Berlin. And here it is: &

Six Do Not Wait For Seven

Corky Lang, the

You Can Drink the Water

A highlight of the Magical Mystery Travel Blog wasthe work of our guest contributors: Glenda Winders' story in

Magic From Z to Z

The first objective of the SDSU Kafka Project's Eastern European project was to spread the word, to alert the public and the archival community that 1) Kafka's writings and letters & from the last year of his life are missing, and 2) We are looking for them.

All Roads Lead to Pawel

Having successfully infiltrated the party, Kathi finds Susan Parker-Burns and

Practicing Patience in Poland

We've visited the famous

Kafka's Papers Found (not the ones we're looking for)

Kafka is a headliner! Franz Kafka is in theinternational news this week. July 3 marked the 125th anniversary of his birth with special events held in his honor in Germany and elsewhere. The following story broke July 8 in

New Life in Kazimierz

What a week! The 18th

Meanwhile Back in Berlin

All bus stops list all the S and U station connections. Every station has public transport and local street maps. To figure out which platform to choose, look for the end point on your train line based on where you are and where you want to go, and then you know what platform to choose. For example, the S-1 runs from Wannsee in the south to Oranienburg in the north. So if you are heading in the direction of Wannsee, look for the platform that says Wannsee.

Life in Krakow

I'm learning a thing or two about blogs. After getting advice from the best and brightest at KPBS, the fact is I can't keep up. Life happens faster than I can write about it. Especially when you are living it in Krakow. The

Meeting in Kleinmachnow

One chapter has closed and another begun. The

The Lessons of Auschwitz

I learned about the Holocaust, concentration camps, and death camps in eighth grade last year, but what they taught us did not bring the emotions felt when I was at that camp. & I knew they had small beds, little food, and horrible conditions, but to see the beds stacked three high and very close together was even worse than I imagined. & When we went into the "bathroom" you saw a long row of "toilets" that were just holes one next to another on a cement slab about one and half feet off of the ground. & To see this was appalling and to try to imagine what it was like to be there with them was dreadful. Schools can try to teach you this but unless you see it, unless you are there, you cannot get a feeling of how they lived. &

From Prague to Krakow

Yesterday in Prague we saw the buildings where Kafka lived, went to school and worked. One high point for me was visiting the New Jewish Cemetery in the suburb of Strasnice. In this damp, green, wooded place Kathi stood with one arm around Kafka's tombstone and told us how Dora collapsed on his grave the day of his funeral, & June 11, 1924. In a solemn procession, my friend Martin and I followed our other travel companions in laying stones on the grave for remembrance, as is the custom there.

Magical Literary History Tour

Ten years ago I foundedthe Kafka Project at SDSU, andspent four months in Berlin researching Nazi, Gestapo and SED (East German Communist) files. I discovered many treasures andunknown facts about Franz Kafka and Dora Diamant. That first Kafka Project effort in 1998, led to amazing

EarthFair in Balboa Park

EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Produced by more than 400 volunteers, San Diego’s Earth Day observance is celebrating its 19th anniversary on Sunday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 60,000 visitors attend EarthFair each year to celebrate our home planet and learn ways to sustain it for generations to come.

Self Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens

On the bluffs above the popular surfing spot at Swami’s Beach in Encinitas is a special place of beauty, peace and tranquility.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Nestled between Mira Mesa and Rancho Penasquitos is a patch of wilderness filled with more than 500 species of native plants and 175 species of birds, as well as other wildlife.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle

Inspired by the ancient Spanish myth and legends of Califia, the mythical paradise for which California is named, Queen Califia's Magical Circle was the last major project of internationally acclaimed artist Niki de Saint Phalle, who gave it as a gift to the City of Escondido.


San Diego County has turned blue and purple again, dusted by a blue snowfall, underneath lavender clouds, thanks to more than 12,000 jacaranda trees planted along city and suburban streets

Marston House

The George White and Anna Gunn Marston House was built over 100 years ago as a private home for San Diego businessman and visionary George W. Marston, whose civic leadership and philanthropy had a lasting impact on San Diego.

Go Fly a Kite!

San Diego is kite-flying country! It’s one of Sunset Magazine's top four places to fly a kite in the West.

The Great Spreckels Organ

The great outdoor Spreckels Organ and Pavilion in the heart of Balboa Park was a gift to the City of San Diego in 1915 from John D. and Adolph B. Spreckels, sons of the sugar millionaire Claus Spreckels. It was designed to be the centerpiece of the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition. It is still one of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs, containing 4,518 pipes ranging in length from the size of a pencil to 32 feet.

Footbridges of Bankers Hill

Just north of downtown San Diego and west of Balboa Park are two historic footbridges spanning San Diego’s past and future.

Cowles Mountain

At 1,591 feet, Cowles Mountain is the highest point within the San Diego city limits.