The Week in Germany: It’s Been a Weird Week

Ein Teddy-Zwergkaninchen sitzt am 03.10.2012 in seinem Freigehege in Deggendorf (Bayern) im Gras zwischen Herbstlaub. Photo copyright dpa

Ein Teddy-Zwergkaninchen sitzt am 03.10.2012 in seinem Freigehege in Deggendorf (Bayern) im Gras zwischen Herbstlaub. Photo copyright dpa

There aren’t a lot of good Mexican restaurants in Germany.

But this is apparently one of them.

Even the most normal of bike rides can turn into a bizarre adventure when you’re the person who writes Oh God, My Wife Is German.

Read about a rather strange trip to (another dimension) a German park right here.

Wherein Itchy Feet continues to be the best expat web comic ever.

Read their latest installment right here.

Expat couples and their adventures in accidentally insulting each other.

Mistranslation can be…trying.  Read Courtney the Ami’s story about that time that her boyfriend called her a stupid cow.

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German Cuisine: Hungry for Handkäs

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

I was born in Frankfurt and spent the first 18 years of my life there. But, I never quite identified with the city as my hometown. My parents were both transplants from somewhere else. Except for the ubiquitous Frankfurter sausages, I rarely ate typical Frankfurt foods growing up. Some of them I even dreaded, in particular Handkäse, the pungent sour milk cheese usually marinated with oil, vinegar, onions and caraway.

Frankfurt’s signature drink, Apfelwein (apple wine), was a different story. My parents always had a case in the basement. It would have never occurred to me to refer to it in Frankfurt vernacular as Äppelwoi or Stöffche. In that respect, I always remained an outsider. I learned foreign languages without much difficulty but was never able to pronounce a single sentence in authentic Frankfurt or Hessian dialect.

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Miniature Germany: Mühlenplatz

Mühlenplatz

Mühlenplatz

By chance, I had read about Mühlenplatz in a flier detailing the local sights and a circular bike trail that could bring a body to a number of sights along the Fairy Tale Road. Mühlenplatz is an outdoor museum containing miniature models of many of Germany’s most important castles, buildings, and mills. It sounded slightly weird—in that roadside stop, “See the Biggest Rubberband Ball in the World” kind of way—and looked like the kind of thing I would like taking pictures of and a two-year-old would like running around.  Correct on both counts.

Read more about Young Germany’s editor’s trip to the beautiful, beautiful area outside of Kassel one rainy weekend, where she discovered an outdoor park that contains models of all the important castles and mills in Germany RIGHT HERE.

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German Food: What a (Kinder) Surprise

by Vanessa Abel

Photo courtesy Leather & AbelToo good to be true?

Just when I had thought I had seen everything Kinder Surprise could offer, I spotted this mini egg carton in the aisle of the local supermarket. Oooooh, something new to try! Jason raised his eyebrows as I put it into the shopping basket, but he was quickly reminded it was for our blog research.

It’s a good thing I saw them really. It’s actually better than the real thing! How is this possible I hear you ask? Well… let’s take a look inside.

Photo courtesy Leather & Abel

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The Week in Germany: Street Signs, Airports, Pumpkins, and Beer

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

The history of Berlin street names, illustrated.

I always wonder about the stories and the people behind the names on the street signs I see.  This project will help educate you about them in pretty illustrated form.

You, too, can visit the Munich Flughafen.

“One of the stops on bus 635 is the München Flughafen Besucherpark, or Munich Airport Visitor’s Park.  I could see from passing by that it had a bunch of old aircraft to look at, and an observation hill that looked over the airport, and I made a promise to myself to actually stop when I had time, instead of just noticing it on the way to or from the airport.”  Read more on Doin’ Time on the Donau.

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Fürst Pückler: The Man Behind the Ice Cream

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Long before ice cream flavors such as latte macchiato or crème brûlée appeared in German grocery stores, there was Fürst Pückler ice cream. With its layers of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, it is similar to Neapolitan ice cream except that it usually comes in the shape of a loaf cake so that it can be served by the slice.

In my childhood Fürst Pückler (Fürst means “Prince”) ice cream was a typical dessert after a Sunday lunch at Grandma’s, or on other special occasions. I never cared much for it; to me, the pale layers all tasted the same. But when a slice of Fürst Pückler was put in front of me I would eat it because I could never say no to ice cream.

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