I’m Kate Katharina Ferguson, an anchor and reporter at Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle.
I have an odd-sounding and duplicitous name because my parents had a disagreement after I was born over which version; the English or the German to call me. So they chose both. People at school used to call me “Kate Squared” but when you think about it, it’s better than “Kate the Square.”
One thing you should know if you’re new to the blog is that “LSB” stands for “Long-Suffering Boyfriend.” In 2017, after we said yes, LSB’s name changed to LSH.
Also, “Frau B” was a friend of mine. I used to visit her in the nursing home every week. We drank coffee and exchanged gossip. Sometimes she’d tell me stories about Berlin as she experienced it: destroyed, divided and reunified. We were nearly 70 years apart but that didn’t stop us from being besties. Many of the posts you’ll find here are about her. Sadly she passed away in Janury of 2018. I think of her every day and our friendship is the inspiration for the novel I’m working on.
If you’d like to get in touch, please e-mail me at katekatharina-AT-gmail-DOT-com.
If you would like to send me something by post, you can do so at the following address:
Postfach 12 01 32, 10591 Berlin