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A small stone rainway building with two tracks, a peaked roof, and an awning of corrugated iron

A country Bahnhof in southern Germany (Herbertingen, Spring 2014). Photo by author.

On Sunday the 13th Germany announced that it was imposing customs inspections on the border with Austria in response to the flood of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and the horn of Africa and the reluctance of countries to the south and east to accept them. On the morning of Monday 14 September I took a bus to from Innsbruck to Munich via the narrow pass through Seefeld and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and on the evening of 19 September I returned the same way. In both cases the bus rolled across the border without stopping, and the only requirement was booking a ticket and, I think, showing one piece of photo ID. While I have not taken a train since then, ÖBB is still booking tickets across the border, and those normally do not require any form of identification at all. I wish future historians good luck in understanding what is actually happening.

While I keep this blog focused on ancient history and modern research where I have some reason to think that my opinions are worth more than average, it seemed fitting to record this dog which failed to bark. I am a migrant too.