Today we're welcoming Liv Hambrett--an Australian writer in Germany--back to the Young Germany blog. During the coming months you will be able to read about her decision to move to Germany and her experiences settling into life here every Monday. Visit her blog, follow her on twitter, or buy a ...
This weekend I got to spend three days in Berlin, all expenses paid thanks to the wunderbare DAAD. I was attending this training seminar for a project called Europa Macht Schule which involves Erasmus students undertaking a project about their home country with German kids. The seminar was really interesting: ...
Everyone settles into life in a new country at a different rate. Some are immediately at home, while others never feel completely comfortable. Homesickness, awkwardness, loneliness: they all are parts of the expat experience to a greater or lesser degree. But fitting in is too. You might surprise yourself.
I have ...
During my first year in Germany, German music became very important to me. Though I never could get into bands like Kraftwerk or Rammstein, other artists who sang in German were staples in my DIY, trial-by-fire, at-home German lessons. I had almost a decade of German study behind me, but ...
On the train between home and work I sometimes stop and wonder. How much does the place where I live affect my daily life? How many of the details of my day have "Germany" written all over them? I can't say for sure what my life would be like if ...
This weekend brought with it a series of reminders that, in case I had forgotten or indeed been so desensitised to the cultural quirks of this glorious country they ceased to have an effect, I am indeed in Germany. That happens, occasionally. A situation arises, a conversation is had, a premise wandered into and one is reminded of the essence of this place that has become the norm and the fact that the essence can in fact be delightfully strange.
True to my aim of being as honest as possible when writing this blog, I think it’s time I own up to the fact that Erasmus isn’t always a walk in the park. I’ve said before that it’s not real life, but in this regard it is: there are still highs and lows, ebbs and flows. It’s normal, or at least to be expected.
Being busy all the time and being on what feels like a year of a holiday means that there are significantly more highs than you might have in “real” life, but it also means that you’re probably less prepared for the lows.
This is a preview of Life in Germany: Ebbe und Flut.
Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back with another weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness as James is joined in the M94.5 studios by the TF’s own ‘Magische Dreieck’ of Jon, Bernie and Alex to break down a curious Matchday 14 before previewing the upcoming DFB Pokal ties?
Was 1899 Hoffenheim’s eight-goal thriller with Sv Werder Bremen the best game of the season so far? Wherein lie 1. FC Nürnberg’s greatest problems in terms of trying to seek out their first win of the season? Were Dortmund somewhat fortunate to walk away with all three points from their encounter with 1. FSV Mainz 05? What do FC Bayern München and Star Wars have in common and which DFB Pokal tie boasts the greatest upset potential?
This is a preview of German Bundesliga Podcast: Matchday 14 Reactions + DFB Pokal Preview.
I used to think Germans behaved strangely in the sun (their manner suspicious, vaguely panicky, a little startled) for the fundamental reason they see very little of it (except for those living in the country’s sunniest city, Freiburg). But living up North these past few months, I have added a second prong to my theorising about the Germans and weather. I now suspect they behave the way they do because one can never be sure, when the sun does eventually come out, whether it will last for 30 seconds, three minutes or three hours and whether, when it disappears, it will be seen again for days or, possibly, weeks.
This is a preview of Living in Germany: Sunlight? What sunlight?.
Being an English native speaker on Erasmus is tough. There are two main reasons:
Number #1 (the lesser of the two evils..) Everyone will try to speak to you in English, broken English, or worse yet, American English. That dream you had about perfecting your other language? Forget it!
Number #2 EVERYONE can understand you when you speak your native language, all the time. There is no chance of passing remarks about the lady on the tram’s pink silken trousers, nor that guy’s lopsided moustache. Beyond being unable to complain, which some might see as a good thing, you can’t have a regular conversation in a public place without knowing that somebody is listening in.
This is a preview of Life in Germany: When English Is Your Native Language.