Program 682: Europe by the Book; Berlin Day Trips; Mexico City 2022

Release Date: 07-16-2022


Enjoy some of the best-ever writing on life in far-away places with a recommended reading list from a Harvard professor of comparative literature. Then get tips on the historic towns and royal retreats that are easily enjoyed as day trips from Berlin. And hear about daily life in Mexico City in 2022 from an American expat — and why he considers his new home the "capital of the 21st century."


  • Harvard professor David Damrosch, author of "Around the World in 80 Books" (Penguin)
  • German tour guides Caroline Marburger, Holger Zimmer, Fabian Rueger
  • David Lida, author of "One Life" (The Unnamed Press) and "First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st Century" (Riverhead Books)

Additional Info

  • David Damrosch chairs the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and heads the Institute for World Literature. He's written "Around the World in 80 Books" to recommend classic and modern works that "are in conversation with one another and with the world around them."
  • Caroline Marburger's Facebook page includes her contact information.
  • Fabian Rueger has been working on an app called Packupine to help you plan how to pack for a variety of trip scenarios.
  • Holger Zimmer can be reached for custom tours at [email protected]
  • David Lida is the author of "One Life," loosely based on his mitigation work on behalf of undocumented Mexicans charged with capital offenses in the US. He also wrote "First Stop in the New World," to describe how Mexico City is poised to be the Western Hemisphere's most important city in the 21st century. 
  • David spoke with Rick about living as an "expat in Mexico City" on Travel with Rick Steves program #523a in September 2020. He and Rick also discussed his work with Mexican nationals charged with a capital crime in the US as a legal mitigation specialist on program #498 in September 2017.

Program Extras

More with David Damrosch - David Damrosch, of the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University, explains how Europe got acquainted with China through the words of Marco Polo, as written up by a romance writer who shared a jail cell with him in Genoa. (runs 4:46)