Neuschwanstein Castle lurking in the mist.  Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Neuschwanstein Castle lurking in the mist. Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Everybody is talking about Neuschwanstein

It is, after all, like, the prettiest castle ever.  We talked about it this weekShe talked about it this week.  Bask in the glory of Crazy Kind Ludwig’s architectural gift to the world.

German bread is awesome.  Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

German bread is awesome. Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Germany: Land of Bread

Grounded Traveler has declared that Germany isn’t really the land of beer or cars or lederhose.  It is the land of bread.  Good point.

“Freiburg is a city attached to nature. The Black Forest isn’t just nearby, an arm of it comes right down into the center of town as Castle Hill.  It is also a city of relaxation and enjoyment of outdoors.” Read more about Grounded Traveler’s perfect day in Freiburg.

Depending on where you live apartments may or may not come with a kitchen.  Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Depending on where you live apartments may or may not come with a kitchen. Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

German apartments don’t come with kitchens

There will always be a room with kitchen hook ups, but that room will usually be empty.  It is a big sticking point for many expats, used to a functional kitchen coming with every dwelling, who are looking for apartments in Germany.

“I’m not sure where the concept of the Einbauküche, or ‘fitted kitchen’, being entirely optional and downright rare for rented apartments came about, but it is the most ridiculous concept ever created (note: this is not the first, nor will it be the last time I rant about this subject). Renters are supposed to buy and install an entire kitchen – as in, cabinets, countertops, sink, appliances, the whole deal – each time they rent a new apartment. Because let’s face it, how many kitchens are exactly the same layout and amount of space? Therefore, how likely is it that the kitchen you invest thousands of euros into is going to come along with you to your next place of residence? Exactly. For practical Germans, this is one of the few areas that they have left me completely stumped.”  Read more about An American Expat in Wiesbaden’s experience apartment hunting and frustration on this topic.

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Berlin via instagram

iheartberlin is doing a series about expats living in Berlin.  This week they’ve featured their favorite Berlin expat instagram-er  In their words:

“In the new edition of The Berlin Experts we talk with Linda, a young Berliner whose Instagram lindaberlin has been among our absolut favourites since we started using the popular photo app. Besides being always exceptionally aesthetic, her photostream has attracted our attention especially for Linda’s ability to capture the essence of our city from a different perspective, constantly challenging stereotypical images and classical visions of the Berlin we all know.”  Read the entire profile here.

What are inverse customs?  Well...  Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

What are inverse customs? Well… Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Inverse customs

As usual, the bloggers over on The German Way Expat Blog are writing about interesting things.  This week it was a list of customs that are done exactly opposite to what is done in America.  I am an American who has been expating in Germany for quite some time, and I learned something.  Check it out:

“Expats in Germany and the other German-speaking countries are often surprised by a type of culture shock I call “inverse customs.” These are practices that are either the exact opposite of, or extremely different from the same custom in the US. Expats quickly learn this fact of life abroad: There is always more than one way to do things, and sometimes it’s the opposite way!”  Read the entire article here.