Why Salsomaggiore Terme is the new Berlin

Salsomaggiore Terme is a town and comune in northern Italy. It is located in the province of Parma, in the Emilia-Romagna region, located at the foot of the Apennines. It is a popular Spa town. The water is strongly saline. With its 20.177 inhabitants…

OK let me stop there…

Salsomaggiore Terme (which happens to be my home town) is DEFINITELY NOT the new Berlin. It’s actually a used-to-be-wealthy village which is now just inhabited by old people reminiscing the old good times and very young constant drunkenness. I just wanted to make Jon Worth mad after he wrote this blogpost.This is just a prank. I know Jon personally and follow his work for years now. This is also a reminder that we (in the eurobubble) can be fun sometimes..

Apart from the frivolous attempt of this post,  Jon might have a point. The thing of making random city the “New Berlin” is what happens to other symbol cities.

To me it is quite weird to hear there are so many “Venices” in this world. Apparently Amsterdam, Birmingham, Bruges, Copenhagen, Giethoorn, Hamburg, Saint Petersburg, Stockholmare are all the Venice of the North. Also there is an enormous list of places called Venice of the East…

Ok, maybe for Bruges somehow, but seriously Birmingham??? Birmingham is the Venice of the North… you understand there is little sense in this. Was there ever a Birmingham empire?? As much as I am grateful to Birmingham for giving us The Streets, calling it the Venice of the North is quite a far stretch.

I don’t think there is any other Venice than the one that actually created the Venetian empire, and the same applies to Berlin, its history and life. Anyway, come visit Salsomaggiore Terme, the new…. well, nothing is actually going on there but come visit me over Christmas if you like.

Happy holidays


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