Summer has come to Mainz, Germany in a big rainy mess. Days are warm (ish). It rains. It’s gray for weeks. Then suddenly it’s hot as hell. But since it’s mostly just cool to cold I have reinstated my sacred sauna tradition. (Tuesdays and Fridays, four hours for 10 euros at Taubertsbergbad! Holla!) It has become critical to my sanity. Without it I am less patient, can tolerate less frustration. But give me four weekly hours of steam, and I am a saint. Or as near to one as I will ever be.
This week’s Wordless Wednesday posts focus on sustainable energy in Germany. If you’d like to submit your own photos for a Wordless Wednesday post, then send an email to Nicolette.Stewart (AT) fs-medien.de.
I’m gonna tell you something important so listen up. German is ridiculously hard to master. It is kicking my butt every single day (and I’ve always considered myself good at languages.) After two and half months in Germany I still feel like I am speaking like a beginner (or Kinder Deutsch as I say to people here.) This is partly due to German being very hard and partly due to most Germans being able to speak English (especially in a big city like Hamburg.) But, I refuse to give up!
It was easy for me to fall in love with Frankfurt. Despite its negative reputation among many expats (and yeah, I wouldn’t want to pay hotel prices there either—it’s a trade fair city and and banking city and prices can be quite high), I have always had a soft spot in my heart for what Germans sometimes refer to as Germany’s New York. Why? Plain and simple: it was the first European city in which I lived, my first home outside of United States borders. And now, after almost five years away, it looks like I’ll be moving back.
The European Football Championship is underway, and football-themed items are showing up everywhere in Germany. The seats on the buses are decorated, and at the bakery you can find ball-shaped rolls. Germany loves football. Check it out.
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I love flea markets. I love being able to find things I need used and, usually, dirt cheap. Flea markets are a great place to find interesting German tidbits to send back to my friends in the States, and they are a fascinating way to get to know the material insides of people’s lives. Plus they are a great excuse to get outside for an early Saturday morning walk.
Today’s Wordless Wednesday photos come to you from Kassel, Germany. Lovely place for a visit in any season.