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: Winter and Stuff

Photo from Gratisography

Photo from Gratisography

The internet is still full of people talking about Christmas markets.

Visit Lüneburg’s Christmas Markets with blogger No Apathy Allowed.  You can visit the Trier Christmas Market with Germany Ja!.

News on the street (art) (of Berlin)

iHeartBerlin reports on the blacking out of what was considered some pretty icon Berlin street art here.

Still lovin’ Itchy Feet

Their comics are always good for a laugh if you’re a German language learner.

I hear winter in Berlin sucks.

So Fotostrasse have put together instructions for your survival.  Right here.

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The Week in Germany: Christmas Markets, Vegan Life, Cryogenics, and an Observatory

Photo: Gratisography

Photo: Gratisography

‘Tis the season of the Christmas market.

And just about every German expat blog on the internet is reporting on them, complete with photos of deep-fried foods and twinkly lights.  One of my favorites of these was Überlin’s post on Berlin’s biggest Christmas market.

Oh!  A cool-looking observatory.

Einstein’s Tower is in Potsdam and was built in 1924.  And it’s still working!  Check out the photos here.

Would you freeze your corpse?

This German scientist is planning to go cryogenic once he’s dead.  Apparently that means all of science now makes fun of him.  Very sci fi.  Read about him here.

Vegan is all the rage, even in Germany.

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The Week in Germany: Choosing a Favorite Soccer Team, Christmas Gifts, and a Supermarket

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

Elevators with no cables

I both like and dislike this idea.  But hey, futuristic looking, huh?  Read about Germany’s new cable-less elevators here.

I will never think about the word Mannschaft in the same way again.

Wherein Expat Eye on Germany picks a favorite soccer team. Can you relate?

In case you’re brand new here…

This blogger put together a guide to German supermarkets.

As usual, something interesting is coming out of Berlin.

In this case it is a photo book that iHeartBerlin is talking about this week.

Some gift ideas for people who like Germany.

If you’re into that whole Christmas gift-giving thing.

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Spoonfuls of Germany: The Truth About Hänsel and Gretel

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

We had several inches of snow at Thanksgiving. Our house with its lit windows created a winter wonderland look – like the gingerbread house in Hänsel and Gretel. It put me in the mood to make a gingerbread house.

As I looked through recipes and assembled ingredients and patterns, it hit me that I do not know much about the origin of the gingerbread house tradition. I vaguely recalled a witch’s gingerbread house as the crime scene in Hänsel and Gretel, a fairytale by the Grimm Brothers.

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Wordless Wednesday: Berlin Santa

Peter Georgi (72) in his living room in Berlin, Germany, 02 December 2014. For thirteen years Georgi was the Santa Claus at the Kaufhaus des Westen (KaDeWe) department store. The KaDeWe's separation from their long-time Santa Claus is cause for outrage. Photo: Lukas Schulze/dpa

Peter Georgi (72) in his living room in Berlin, Germany, 02 December 2014. For thirteen years Georgi was the Santa Claus at the Kaufhaus des Westen (KaDeWe) department store. The KaDeWe’s separation from their long-time Santa Claus is cause for outrage. Photo: Lukas Schulze/dpa

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