Author Archives: Nicolette Stewart

About Nicolette Stewart

Nicolette Stewart is a freelance writer based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. You can read more of her tales of marauding, plunder, and international gorilla conspiracy at www.clickclackgorilla.com or find her talking about books on Twitter @bookpunks

The Week in Germany: WWII Fiction, Winter in Bavaria, Empty Houses, & Difficult German Words

Photo: Gratisography

Photo: Gratisography

I can’t stand reading fiction about World War II.

Can you?  Over on Book Punks, I talk about why living in Germany has turned me away from fiction about the war

“When the hype for Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity was going around, I found myself forced to confront a new wall in my reading tastes, an allergy of sorts. I can’t read fiction about World War II. I don’t want to read fiction about World War II. Get that shit away from me—what are you kidding?—gross.

“It is a result of living in Germany. I have been here for almost ten years now, and I can’t recall a single day in recent memory when World War II didn’t come up. Let’s look at one week in the life.” Read more here.

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Thoughts on Germany From an Italian and Chinese Erasmus Student

by Fu Yang

Photo courtesy Fu Yang

Photo courtesy Fu Yang

Andrea is a law student from Genoa, Italy who’s doing Erasmus at University of Bonn. This weekend he’s visiting me in Heidelberg and I seized this chance to compare our German Erasmus experiences.

With our young minds, we live, observe, and make our naive reflections. We treasure the opportunity of doing Erasmus in Germany, therefore we explore with big eyes and laugh at tiny obstacles. For the first post, off we go with some polemics!

When do Germans drink alcohol?

Anytime is a good time for drinking in Germany. While in Italy, Andrea explained, people only drink when evening begins. Italians don’t consider alcohol a daytime thing.

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The Week in Germany: Ice, Berlin, Berlin, Berlin, Offenbach

Photo: Death to Stock Photography

Photo: Death to Stock Photography

Free!  Awesome!  Books! (on Berlin!)

Right now we’re giving away a bunch of pretty books to fill your Berlin-obsessed heart.  We’re giving away both 100 Favorites Places: Berlin and Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail right here.  When you enter, you get to tell us your favorite place in Berlin.  While I have my money on something easy-to-remember like Brandeburg Gate being the most popular, ONLY YOUR VOTE CAN DECIDE.  So get over there already.  So far I’m the only person who voted Kopi (and I don’t even count, I’m just the tester), and that’s just silly.

Where to take your parents in Berlin

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Expat Life: Passport Control, Customs, and Entry into Germany for Americans

by Greg Webb

Photo: Death to Stock Photos

Photo: Death to Stock Photos

Being an American, I think most of us can agree to having experienced at least some sort of anxiety about what it’s going to be like entering another country due to the aggressive nature of our airport security (even towards its own citizens). If you’re anything like me, you will/have/are scouring the internet looking for answers to questions that you simply cannot find. Well, look no further! In the next five minutes, you will learn the ins and outs of the German passport control and customs through my first-hand experience with Frankfurt am Main’s International Airport.

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The Week in Germany: Elvis, Life Hacks, New Year’s Eve, and Saxons

Photo copyright CHROMORANGE / Norbert J. Suelzner/dpa

Photo copyright CHROMORANGE / Norbert J. Suelzner/dpa

Life hacks for Berlin residents

Everybody wants to live the easy life.  Well, most everybody.  Fotostrasse has put together some life hacks for people in Berlin.  Here.

‘Tis the season

For reflecting on the past year and looking to the next.  I particularly enjoyed expat blogger Tatiana in Flux’s thoughts.  Here.

What did you read in 2014?

Book Punks (which is also me) is having a blog hop to collect all the reading wrap-ups that bloggers round the globe are putting up.  Add yours right here.

“The Saxons Are Coming, Run for the Alps!”

That title should be enough to make you want to read this post by Laptops and Lederhosen.  It got me.

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Reading in German: Some Recommendations

IMG_7347-620x413Looking for something to read…auf Deutsch?  Here are a few suggestions from our resident obsessive reader.

Finnisches Feuer by Johanna Sinisalo

Finnisches Feuer—for the English speakers, Finnish Fire—was originally published in 2013 under the Finnish title Auringon Ydin.  In 2014, it was translated into German by Stefan Moster, published by Tropen Roman, and a great big deal was made of it at the Frankfurt Book Fair.  However, it has never been translated into English.  Well, somebody really should get on that.  Sinisalo is a writer I want to see more of, and oh how I would love to be able to discuss this book with my English-speaking book nerd friends.  Just look at all the things on her bibliography!  Sinisalo is just one of many (many many many) convincing arguments for getting more translated speculative fiction onto the English-language market.

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