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With One Another – Against One Another: 180 Seconds Montréal

Between Montreal’s office towers demonstrators and police confront each other. In his quest for spectacular images, for images that are better than those of his colleagues, Jacques Nadeau enters into the thick of the anti-government demonstration. The press photographer wants to show what this partly peaceful, partly violent protest is about. He wants to show who takes to the streets in Montreal – 180 seconds in the midst of the fray, surrounded by people who are making history.

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More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

 

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The Week in Germany: Secret Castles, Things in Berlin, and Cookbooks

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

This week in Berlin…

Fotostrasse recommended 5 Alternative Sights in Berlin you need to visit, while I Heart Berlin shared a fun little post about Playing Urban Pacman in Berlin.  For the foodies, Sole Satisfaction describes her experience eating gluten free at a fancy pants restaurant.

When a cookbook is more than a cookbook

“The Pennsylvania TV station PCN interviewed me recently. Francine Schertzer, the program host, asked me how the fall of the Berlin Wall had changed Germany’s food scene. I said there had been tremendous change for the good for East Germans. No more shortages and standing in line for basic foods. When the West German Deutsche Mark was introduced in East Germany on July 1, 1990, supermarket shelves in East Germany filled up overnight with goods that East Germans had never known under the now-fallen socialist regime.

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Traditional Bavarian Weißwurst

by California Globetrotter

Weißwurst. Photo copyright dpa

Weißwurst. Photo copyright dpa

Bavarians are proud to eat their Weißwurst – a soft white sausage usually eaten for breakfast with a salted pretzel and a glass of beer. There is a saying that the sausages should never hear the chime of the 12 o’clock bells, therefore, they are to be eaten only in the mornings.

If one is to learn to become a true Bavarian, then one needs to learn to cook, peel and eat a Weißwurst like real Bavarian. Although, when I say eat, I really mean the traditional way. The traditional way, called “zuzeln” is by sucking the wurst out of the skin. But, I will save that for only diehards looking to do things the traditional way. I know my Bavarian family would be ashamed of me for saying this, but I will stick with slicing, peeling and then cutting my Weißwurst into pieces like a normal person. :)

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Learn German With Music

Music can help you learn a foreign language faster.  Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Music can help you learn a foreign language faster. Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Combine youtube with music videos and language learning.  Mix.  And *bam* you have Lyrics Training.  I’ve written about the theoretical side of musical language learning before, and it is well known that music can be a helpful tool in acquiring foreign languages skills.  Lyrics Training offers a free option for those interested in putting the theory to the test.

Geek Mädel, an Aussie expat blogger, drew my attention to the service in her own quest to master the German language.  And off I went to try it out.

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Leipzig, #180sec

With One Another – Against One Another: 180 Seconds Leipzig

Everyone wants to go to Leipzig. Leipzig – the new Berlin? Heaven forbid! says Roman Grabolle. The Leipziger has dedicated himself to ensuring affordable living and cultural space in his city and promotes cooperative and non-profit housing and cultural projects. In his favourite neighbourhood of Lindenau, he tells us of luxury renovations, rising rents and why, when he hears the word “Hypezig”, he gets goose bumps.

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The Week in Germany: Berlin, Rabbits, Music

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

So is Berlin in or out this week?

“Berlin became the place to be. Old-school Berliners were bewildered and, I must admit, I didn’t join in the raging aggressiveness towards every single change, I was a bit worried. The city, at least to me, had been a stargate to a utopian dimension. You could feel that history had had taken another course here. Its environment and inhabitants hadn’t been infected by the fever of globalisation and consumeristic craving. The German capital was a small loophole in the West’s capitalist system. Things I had only heard about from my older friends, such as underground movements – which in Italy were long-time dead, or had been absorbed by a fashion industry which repackaged them and tossed them to the masses – here were still thiriving in their original forms. Berlin was cool because “she” was the anti-cool. Then, she became glamorous and lost some of her charm. Gradually, she became less unique, less radical. She was slowly letting herself be undermined by imported trends, swayed by a progress which didn’t always mean improvement.” Read more on überlin.

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