One Year in Berlin: Stasi Gefängnis

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Yesterday I visited the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen). I’m currently auditing a B 2.2 language course to sharpen my German skills, and one of our assignments for this week was to visit a memorial in Berlin and write up an account of our general impressions. Among the list of possible locations were the Holocaust Memorial, Jewish Museum, and Checkpoint Charlie, all of which are relatively central and have become rather touristy in recent years. Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, however, is in north-east Berlin in a more-or-less uninteresting part of town. If the name sounds unfamiliar, I had no idea what it was either until very recently.

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The Week in Germany: Winter and Stuff

Photo from Gratisography

Photo from Gratisography

The internet is still full of people talking about Christmas markets.

Visit Lüneburg’s Christmas Markets with blogger No Apathy Allowed.  You can visit the Trier Christmas Market with Germany Ja!.

News on the street (art) (of Berlin)

iHeartBerlin reports on the blacking out of what was considered some pretty icon Berlin street art here.

Still lovin’ Itchy Feet

Their comics are always good for a laugh if you’re a German language learner.

I hear winter in Berlin sucks.

So Fotostrasse have put together instructions for your survival.  Right here.

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German Cuisine: Making Eierlikör

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

On my yearly visits to Germany I realize how the once familiar becomes unfamiliar, which often leads to funny situations. A few years ago I wanted to bake an American cheesecake. At the grocery store I paced up and down the cooler section several times looking for eggs and eventually asked a sales clerk. He stared at me, then walked me to a different part of the store with a shelf fully stocked with eggs. I stood there perplexed and it dawned on me that in Germany, unlike in the United States, eggs are often not refrigerated.

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Moving to Germany: Making Friends

by Melissa Alvarado

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

At the end of last year I received great news: I got a full scholarship to study in Germany. My whole family was excited and, well, why not? Everything about this new experience was exciting for me and for them. I tried to play it cool, taking one step at a time, telling my friends, my family, and everybody in the most calm way possible, but the tears, the congratulations, the parties, and all the related things didn’t stop (and I didn’t complain).

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One Year in Berlin: Guerilla Knitting

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Things seem to be simmering down now, but lately relations between Germany and the U.S. have been less than perfect. I’m not sure about the media coverage back home, but here every newspaper is filled with headlines about the NSA affair that’s taken the world by storm.

Luckily tensions aren’t running too high in my apartment. In fact, last week my landlady, Renate seemed much more concerned with a local project that she’s been working on for the last fews years. Allow me to explain.

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

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The Week in Germany: Christmas Markets, Vegan Life, Cryogenics, and an Observatory

Photo: Gratisography

Photo: Gratisography

‘Tis the season of the Christmas market.

And just about every German expat blog on the internet is reporting on them, complete with photos of deep-fried foods and twinkly lights.  One of my favorites of these was Überlin’s post on Berlin’s biggest Christmas market.

Oh!  A cool-looking observatory.

Einstein’s Tower is in Potsdam and was built in 1924.  And it’s still working!  Check out the photos here.

Would you freeze your corpse?

This German scientist is planning to go cryogenic once he’s dead.  Apparently that means all of science now makes fun of him.  Very sci fi.  Read about him here.

Vegan is all the rage, even in Germany.

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