We learned the best word in German today: die Ostalgie. "Nostalgie" means nostalgia and "Osten" is East Germany, so stick them together and you get a word that means nostalgia for the good ol' days of the German Democratic Republic.
When I was in Colorado with my parents, I made them watch the movie Good Bye Lenin! - and today my teacher mentioned it as the beginning of the Ostalgie-Wave. It's about this boy whose mother is in a coma when the Berlin Wall falls and her doctor says it could kill her to find out the truth, so he recreates East Germany in their apartment. It's sweet, and for people who lived in East Germany, it evokes the lives they lived in a country that no longer exists - the cars, the weird coffees and canned beans, everything they grew up with. It's a nice little movie and I highly recommend it.
Then for the reasons why you might *not* want to go back to East Germany, watch The Lives of Others. (Glad you liked it, Dahvay - that movie is the bomb, am I right??)
In other German pop culture news, I read in the Berlin Lonely Planet today that the U2 song "Zoo Station" is about Bahnhof Zoo, an old train station in Berlin that used to be full of street people and teenage heroin addicts and whatnot.
I am so psyched to go to Berlin and see all this stuff.