From Hamburg to Mongolia

by Vanessa Abel

Photo courtesy Leather & Abel
When in Hamburg…

I was looking on AirBnB for some accommodation in Hamburg, but because of the Hafenfest taking place over the weekend, there was not a lot to choose from. As we had a car, I looked a little further outside the city and came across a Mongolian Jurte.

Years ago I watched a documentary about Mongolia and how they pack up their homes within an hour and take it over the mountains to the next place they will call home. Since then it has been on my list of places to go and here was my chance!

You need to see the photos to believe it, so here you are:

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The Week in Germany: Graduate School, German Whisky, and Summer Trips

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Good morning and happy Friday, readers!  I’ve been away for a few weeks, so there was a lot to catch up on.  This is more like a month in Germany than a week, but there you have it.  Lots of good stuff was happening on the internet while I was away. Here are my favorite links from around the expat web:

How to Do Graduate School in Germany

Thinking about adding a “Dr” to your title?  Want to do it in Germany?  The blogger behind Nine and ninety nine has some advice and information about the process right here.

Did you know Germans make whiskey?

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Expat Bloggers Blog Hop: Travel in Germany

Hiking in Garmisch.  Photo (cc) flickr user hoosadork

Hiking in Garmisch. Photo (cc) flickr user hoosadork

At long last the blog hop arrives at my favorite subject: travel. Have you traveled in Germany?  Have you blogged about things to see in the town where you live?  Then you can add a link to your post in the linky tool below, and we can all drool over each other’s photographs.

What is a blog hop and how do I join?

A blog hop is a way to collect links for blogs on a similar topic, to make it easy to find other bloggers and to get conversation started.  So you write a post talking about travel in Germany, or find an older post in which you talk about the same.  Then you add your link using the tool below.

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The Week in Germany: What Have You Been Reading?

German vineyard. Photo courtesy A.H.

German vineyard. Photo courtesy A.H.

This week the ball is in your court: YG is in England this week and won’t be around to comb the blogs for the most interesting Germany-related posts to share here.

Instead, I hoped that you all might tell me what the week’s best was: Just add a link in the comments if you’ve read an interesting blog or news post about Germany this week.  I look forward to catching up with them all when I get back.  And have a great weekend!

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German Cuisine: All About Quark

by Nadia Hassani

Photo copyright Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo copyright Spoonfuls of Germany

After my book signing last weekend, one of my gardening buddies sent me an email telling me how much she enjoyed the book, and ending with, “Quark? Really? How did it get that name?” This made me think that I need to set things straight about my favorite dairy product, which, alas, is hard to find in the United States.

Quark has been around centuries before the physicist Murray Gell-Mann decided to name the elementary particles he discovered in the 1960s “quarks”. He borrowed the term from James Joyce’s novel Finnegan’s Wake, without any connection whatsoever to the food.

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