Mmm, donuts. When donuts are half the price of veggies, which do you put in your shopping cart? Photo copyright dpa/picture alliance
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.
This is a preview of Food: Germany versus Britain.
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.
This is a preview of German Traditions: The Poetry Album.
Pillowfight at Brandenburg Gate, 2011 Photo workingberlinmum
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.
This is a preview of Once Upon an Expat Anniversary: Reflections on Berlin After Five Years.
Sieben Linden is one of many alternative communities that thrives in Germany. Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance
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?
Language is funny, isn’t it? I remember when I was a teenager, fighting my way through puberty with the help of a whole host of wonderously creative expletives that (I thought) only my friends and I understood. I was reminded of one of them a few months ago on a trip back to my hometown when I heard a young person shout “That’s shan, that is!”
It could mean anything, couldn’t it, but I know for a fact that ‘shan’ means (or at least meant, in my time) something equating to the adult use of the term ‘bollocks’ or ‘bullshit’. The origin of the term fails me- who knows where youth pick up this crap from? Lush, mint, ace, minging (and variations thereof): You’ve got to love the vivid colours of the slang used by the youth of Britain (innit?)
This is a preview of The Fun Side of German: Dead Trousers and Chest Warts.