Making Connections When You First Arrive in Germany

Today I’d like to welcome The Erlangen Expat (also the mind behind Starting Over in Stuttgart) to the Young Germany blog.  You will find her guest posts here every Tuesday from here on out.  Welcome Alie!

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

by Alie of The Erlangen Expat and Starting Over in Stuttgart

When I arrived I knew no other native English speakers (other than the husband) and even though lots of Germans were really lovely and befriended me, there are still times when you just want to chat with someone who “understands”. I’m not kidding when I heard English being spoken I just wanted to hug that person and MAKE them be my friend! And yes I did this, and made some very good friends so don’t discount it as an option!

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One Year in Berlin: The Capital City of Opera

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

It’s certainly no secret that Berlin has arguably the biggest club scene in the world. Ever since the wall, fell clubs of all shapes and sizes have popped up throughout neighborhoods such as Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. DJs and music enthusiasts flock here from all corners of the globe for a chance to take part in the Berlin nightlife. What many visitors don’t know is that the city has also managed to cultivate a fairly large opera scene. I enjoy the electronic music of a loud, underground club as much as the next guy, but some days I prefer to sample Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi.

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German Cuisine: Carnival Delights

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

With carnival last week in Germany, and the cold weather, I felt like indulging in some deep-fried treats. These pastries from southern Germany are called Nonnenfürzchen or Nonnenfürzle. If you understand German, never mind the name, it does not mean what you think. It is based on middle low German and means “what nuns do best”.

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Travel Germany: 48 Hours in Munich

by Jess Signut

BMW Museum Photo Jess Signut

BMW Museum Photo Jess Signut

Munich is one of the many thriving locations in Germany; so naturally, it’s a top vacation destination. But if you aren’t able to be there for an extended period of time, check out some of the “must-dos” in 48 hours. Thankfully, we went in October so we were able to do all of these on our bucket list!

BMW Museum

If you’re a car enthusiast, then this is your type of museum. Located near Olympia Park, it shows you the history of the car manufacturer BMW. The museum’s architectural design will catch your eye even before you pull up and park. Seen from miles away, it’s large and futuristic design pulls people in to learn more about its history. It’s also near the BMW Welt, another futuristic location to learn about BMW.

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