Young Germany called and they came: Our team of World Cup Bloggers for 2014 is set. And check out the players! It is going to be a fun Cup with YG bloggers offering perspective from all over the world.
We had planned to put together a team of eleven, but with so many great applicants, we expanded that number to thirteen. In May we will introduce each of them to you in more detail, but for now, here is an overview of the folks you will see talking soccer and World Cup here this June.
The YG World Cup Blogging Team
Kristie Foran. A California girl learning German.
Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back with another weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness as James is joined in the heart of Bavaria by Jon and Bernie to break down a Matchday 24 which didn’t disappoint and preview a crunch week in the UEFA Champions League for the Bundesliga sides.
How are things shaping up in the relegation battle with just nine points separating Hannover 96 in 12th and Eintracht Braunschweig in 18th? Were VfB Stuttgart right to sack Thomas Schneider and can Huub Stevens come in and rescue them from the drop? Have FC Bayern München rediscovered the ruthless quality to their game within Pep Guardiola’s new system and philosophy?`Have Borussia Mönchengladbach got the raw end of the deal in signing Yann Sommer and who did the Talking Fussball listeners vote for in the Bundesliga XI to beat Bayern?
by Deanna H
Seriously. If I could go drunk or drink while shopping, maybe just maybe, the experience would be less stressful. Let me start by saying, I’m Germany’s biggest fan. For the most part, I think they do so many things better (future post to come), but no one is perfect. And the things they aren’t “perfect” in make this expat want to curl up into the fetal position and cry…..or drink. Can you drink while laying curled up in a ball? If so, that’s how you can find me most days after going to the store.
by Mark Tomich
Today’s guest post comes from an Australian fellow who spent some time in Germany and wanted to share his impressions. You can finding him on Twitter @TomMark84. Take it away Mark!
For a city perhaps best known for a wall, Berlin did not strike me as the most exhilarating of destinations for my latest overseas jaunt. As far as I was concerned, it meant cold weather, pretzels (of which I’m not the biggest fan), and stern-faced locals without much of a sense of humour.
Fasching happened. Thank god that’s over.
But I seem to be one of the very few people who don’t enjoy the costumed drunken fest that is German Karnival/Fastnacht/Fasching. So I won’t rain on your parade. Here you can hear Lehrer Werkstatt talks about her own experience with this crazy German celebration. There are a lot of pictures. No Apathy Allowed also has some photos and words on the subject.
Letters to our pre-expat selves.
“It didn’t take long before you realised the leading an expatriate lifestyle wasn’t always rosy. Starting all over again definitely was as difficult as climbing Everest. Society did not function the way you were used to for the past 26 years.”
C.S Lewis was a man after my own heart, he once said you can’t get a cup of tea large enough, or a book long enough to suit me. Tea, reading and writing are up there with German (and now Polish) as the loves of my life. This week is “Reading Week” at Trinity, and I’ve been doing exactly that. Assignments can wait, in the library I’ve buried my head in books about the European Parliament, the birth of “Modernity” in Europe and some German experimental prose. On the bus I’ve been catching up with Bill Bryson via Kindle, and I just finished a book documenting an Irishman’s adventures in Poland during the 1990′s. Both of the above leading to some very unashamed “laugh out loud” moments during the otherwise silent commute.