The ramp podcast "UNTERWEGS mit Kaminer": Episode 4 - Our Christmas

It's getting festive: in the fourth episode of the ramp Podcast by BMW Bank Drivers Club, bestselling author Wladimir Kaminer looks at German traditions at Christmas. With a detached view of the concept of cosiness, Christstollen and fir trees. And at the end? Everyone sings Russian pop songs.
Text Marko Knab
Photo David Breun

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The Advent season often brings the truth to light: How do people feel about each other? Is Berlin really just a mockup of a capital city? And why do people eat what they eat for the holidays? But even more important: What is this Christmas all about? Wladimir Kaminer asks all these questions in the fourth episode of the ramp Podcast by BMW Bank Drivers Club. We accompany the bestselling author as he prepares for Christmas and searches for a last-minute Christmas tree - through the capital city of Berlin, aboard his five-series BMW, of course. The tree may be large and oddly shaped - but it fits in the Touring.

On the way, Vladimir philosophizes about Berlin itself - and why the city often seems downright deserted at Christmas. We also learn what white rabbits with red eyes have to do with it. A little hint: It's related to the festival of love, yet has nothing to do with Santa Claus. But it's still nice: Vladimir explains the connections between the weather, his wife and a new dress.

And then it also becomes clear why the »kit« for a Christmas stollen is the perfect Christmas gift for the whole family. This much can already be revealed: Russian hits, candlelight and witty reserves all play a role.

The fourth episode was also recorded in cooperation with the BMW Bank Drivers Club at the legendary Omni Studios in Berlin. You can find impressions of Wladimir's Christmas preparations on our Instagram channel

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