The Week in Germany: WWII Fiction, Winter in Bavaria, Empty Houses, & Difficult German Words

Photo: Gratisography

Photo: Gratisography

I can’t stand reading fiction about World War II.

Can you?  Over on Book Punks, I talk about why living in Germany has turned me away from fiction about the war

“When the hype for Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity was going around, I found myself forced to confront a new wall in my reading tastes, an allergy of sorts. I can’t read fiction about World War II. I don’t want to read fiction about World War II. Get that shit away from me—what are you kidding?—gross.

“It is a result of living in Germany. I have been here for almost ten years now, and I can’t recall a single day in recent memory when World War II didn’t come up. Let’s look at one week in the life.” Read more here.

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Berlin Fashion Week January 2015 – Day 3

The bi-annual German style extravaganza Berlin Fashion Week kicked off with arrays of men’s and women’s fall-2015 collections created by an interesting line-up of both local and international talents.

Esther Perbandt (photo: Cosima Scholz)

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Esther Perbandt (photo: Cosima Scholz)

Photos are courtesy of www.styleranking.de – your fashion crew

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Berlin: Secret Sightseeing Tips

by Christina Olivier

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Photo copyright dpa

When you decide to live in Berlin, as a student or for work, everything is an adventure. Whether deciding on which bread to choose from the myriad of tantalizing options at your local Steinecke, or simply a late night trip on the U-Bahn.

But like all things in life, the glamor fades and the honeymoon phase comes to an end. However, let this not be the end of your Berlin experience. As a tourist, the sights that you see and the places that you visit are the tip of the iceberg. Now is your time to look beyond the surface and become a true Berliner, and leave the title of “tourist” behind.

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Berlin Fashion Week January 2015 – Day 2

Highlights of the Berlin Fashion Week (from January 19 to 23, 2015) are Premium Exhibitions at STATION Berlin and PANORAMA at the Berlin ExpoCenter City as well as the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. This will take place  at the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin.

Berlin Fashion Week: Aleks Kurkowski (photo: Cosima Scholz)

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Berlin Fashion Week: Aleks Kurkowski (photo: Cosima Scholz)

Photos are courtesy of www.styleranking.de – your fashion crew

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Berlin Fashion Week January 2015 – Day 1

Twice a year Berlin is the international platform for fashion and lifestyle. At the Berlin Fashion Week you will find fashion aficionados, buyers, trade visitors and media representatives. They meet at shows and awards, get information on trade fairs, visit exhibitions and offsite events.

Berlin Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson (photo: Cosima Scholz)

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Berlin Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson (photo: Cosima Scholz)

Photos are courtesy of www.styleranking.de – your fashion crew

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Thoughts on Germany From an Italian and Chinese Erasmus Student

by Fu Yang

Photo courtesy Fu Yang

Photo courtesy Fu Yang

Andrea is a law student from Genoa, Italy who’s doing Erasmus at University of Bonn. This weekend he’s visiting me in Heidelberg and I seized this chance to compare our German Erasmus experiences.

With our young minds, we live, observe, and make our naive reflections. We treasure the opportunity of doing Erasmus in Germany, therefore we explore with big eyes and laugh at tiny obstacles. For the first post, off we go with some polemics!

When do Germans drink alcohol?

Anytime is a good time for drinking in Germany. While in Italy, Andrea explained, people only drink when evening begins. Italians don’t consider alcohol a daytime thing.

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One Year in Berlin: This Time auf Deutsch

by Patrick Molligo

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Photo copyright dpa

Zeit meines Lebens habe ich gehört, dass meine Heimstadt die tollste, spannendste Stadt auf der Welt sei. Sie ist allerdings die Stadt, die nicht schläft: New York. Bis vor kurzem war ich mit der Aussage einverstanden. Der Verkehr, der Lärm, die hetzenden Fußgänger: Alles weist auf einen bestimmt ruhelosen Ort hin. Ruhelos sicher, aber schlaflos? Ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass New York nie zumindest schlummert. Man muss halt ein Wochenende in Berlin verbringen, um „schlaflos“ kennenzulernen.

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