Journeymen.HannoverGermany.TomasMunita.NYT

Tradesmen and women in Germany have preserved a very old custom which has died out elsewhere: when they finish an apprenticeship, many take off on foot to a “faraway” town (60 km or more) to practice their trade in exchange for room and board, not money. The hope is they will learn best practices used elsewhere, then bring them back to their hometown after a year of itineracy. They travel in small groups and dress in clothes symbolic of their trade so they and the public can recognize each other; the lessons of the journey become part of their trade. (Tomas Munita)

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