I once compared my experience learning German to dating a guy that I really want to like, but I just can’t seem to click with. We keep going out, because it seems like we should get along great, but he just doesn’t really do it for me. Everyone tells me he’s actually a really good guy, once you get to know him. I’ve never been a quitter. Ever. In fact, I once won a trophy for “Perseverance” in my 4-H Horse club back in my youth. I also won an award on my field hockey team for “most determined player.” Like I said, I’m not a quitter. But German, well, trying to learn this complex and challenging language has made me want to throw in this heavy, hyper-structured linguistic towel almost every other week, or sometimes every other day.
Today YG guest blogger Cup of tea anyone? talks about supermarket shopping in Germany versus in the UK. You can find her posts here every Monday morning.
Nine days in the UK and two kilos heavier, I am now safely back in the bosom of my much-loved Berlin home and family.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my homeland and my albeit mad-as-a-bag-of-cats family. I even get quite nostalgic when it rains or when I see a person walking around in shorts in the balmy 12 degree sunshine (clearly British: Who else dresses for summer, purely based on the level of sunlight?) However, Berlin / Germany appears to have gotten under my skin.
Everybody is talking about Neuschwanstein
Germany: Land of Bread
Grounded Traveler has declared that Germany isn’t really the land of beer or cars or lederhose. It is the land of bread. Good point.
“Freiburg is a city attached to nature. The Black Forest isn’t just nearby, an arm of it comes right down into the center of town as Castle Hill. It is also a city of relaxation and enjoyment of outdoors.” Read more about Grounded Traveler’s perfect day in Freiburg.
By popular request, we’re publishing a blog in German for all those out there looking for a bit more practice (and of course the native speakers). Guest blogger Jalees Rehman explains the German tradition of the “Posiealbum.”
Ich habe meiner Tochter zu ihrem neunten Geburtstag ein Poesiealbum gekauft. Warum gerade zum neunten Geburtstag? Weil ich neun Jahre alt war, als mich eine Klassenkameradin zum ersten Mal bat, etwas in ihr Poesiealbum zu schreiben.
Today Sarah of workingberlinmum is back with another guest post. Today she ruminates on her five-year anniversary in Berlin. You can find her writing here every Thursday.
As crazy as it is to write these words, today is my fifth anniversary of living in Berlin. Oh yes! Five years ago to this day, I flew over with a suitcase filled to the brim with clothes and I made the start of my new life in Berlin.
Germany might be well known for big ideas in fields like green energy and engineering, but it also supports a thriving counter culture, which means that thousands of small groups and individuals are also trying their hand at making the world a better place. A Wagenplatz is one form of collective living (almost entirely) unique to Germany. In the video below, an American expat living in Germany talks about her own tiny house, how she renovated it herself, and why she chooses to live the way she does. Could you imagine living in such a small space?