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About YG Guest Blogger

YG Guest Bloggers are bloggers and writers who write the occasional post for our site. If you have something you'd like to say about your experiences in Germany and would like to become a YG Guest Blogger, then send us an email at contact[AT]young-germany[DOT]de.

Tips for Traveling to Germany

by California Globetrotter

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

1. Booking Your Flight

The sooner you book your flight the better. I recommend not booking your ticket at least than 3-4 months out, if not more. The farther out you book your trip, the more likely it is your flight will be cheaper. The closer you wait, the more it will jump! Germany has two big tourist seasons: summer (July-August) and then winter (December). Try to book a bit before or after these months.

September is also a big tourist season, thanks to Oktoberfest. Any attempt to come during this time and you will pay hefty prices for airline tickets and hotels, especially anywhere near Munich.

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Welcome to Bavaria: Traveling Tips

by Claire Lovesti

Photo copyright dpa, Franz Pritz

Photo copyright dpa, Franz Pritz

For many people, visiting Bavaria is like walking into the picture of Germany you have in your head. Quaint little towns with beautiful architecture, stunning views of craggy mountains, and gleaming lakes the deepest shade of sapphire make this southern region of Germany one of the most scenic areas in the world.

If you’re visiting for the first time, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, from outdoorsy adventures to restful spa trips and learning all about the history and culture of the small villages that dot the outskirts of the impressive Alps. But before you hop on a flight, check these nine things off your to-do list — not only will it make your trip easier and maybe even save you some money, but you’ll get impossibly excited for your next adventure along the way.

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Travel in Germany: The Loreley am Rhine

by California Globetrotter

Photo copyright J.W. Alker, dpa

Loreley. Photo copyright J.W. Alker, dpa

My real first name is Lorelei. I was named after my mother’s middle name which my grandma had given to my mother. As to where my grandma found the name Lorelei, I have no idea. As to why she gave it to my mom, I also sadly have no idea. However, my father loved my mom’s middle name so much, I was blessed with the unique, very uncommon first name of Lorelei.

It wasn’t until I was in the 8th grade, when I switched from learning Spanish to German, that I learned my name was German and came with a story.  Ever since that moment, every other person upon learning that my real name isn’t just “Lori” but Lorelei, always ask me if I have ever been to, seen, or know of the Loreley am Rhine and the story behind it.

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100 Interesting Facts About Germany

by California Globetrotter

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

1. Germans are the second biggest beer consumers in the world after the Czechs!

2. Therefore, I need to mention that in Bavaria, beer is considered food.

3. The youngest billionaire in Germany is the German Prince Albert II von Thurn und Taxis right here in Regensburg!

4. At the moment, Germany is Europe’s strongest economy.

5. There are 1,300 breweries in Germany with over 5,000 different variations of beer.

6. During WWI, Germany was the first country to start using Daylight Savings.

7. Apparently, Germany was one of the last countries to ban smoking indoors in restaurants and the workplace because government officials were afraid to imitate Nazi officials who looked down upon smoking.

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Expat Life: How I Found Love and Life in Germany

by California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy California Globetrotter

The mountains were covered in glistening white snow and the sun was shining so brightly, I had to raise my hand to block out the sun in order to take in the breathtaking views.

I was bundled up in my frilly pink pea coat and my favorite little black dress plus two scarfs. As the powerful mountain winds blew I turtled my head back inside my scarf and turned against the wind. Looking out towards Hans and laughing against the bitter cold that was pushing us backwards, we reached out for one another. We held on to each other and cussed under our breath how cold it was as we braced ourselves for the next gust of bitter wind. I kissed his lips only to feel the shock of coldness lingering on his lips and I stood there in his arms and thought how lucky I am to have found him.

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20 Reasons to Travel in Your 20s

by California Globetrotter

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

“Your 20s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects if you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.” – Kyoko Escamilia

1. To Find Yourself – Nothing will teach you more about yourself than learning to survive on your own. You’re not that tweeny 18-year-old anymore, but you’re definitely not the 40 something year old sitting on a couch!

2. Freedom – you will experience more freedom to have the world at your fingertips and not feeling controlled by your parents anymore!

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Traditional Bavarian Weißwurst

by California Globetrotter

Weißwurst. Photo copyright dpa

Weißwurst. Photo copyright dpa

Bavarians are proud to eat their Weißwurst – a soft white sausage usually eaten for breakfast with a salted pretzel and a glass of beer. There is a saying that the sausages should never hear the chime of the 12 o’clock bells, therefore, they are to be eaten only in the mornings.

If one is to learn to become a true Bavarian, then one needs to learn to cook, peel and eat a Weißwurst like real Bavarian. Although, when I say eat, I really mean the traditional way. The traditional way, called “zuzeln” is by sucking the wurst out of the skin. But, I will save that for only diehards looking to do things the traditional way. I know my Bavarian family would be ashamed of me for saying this, but I will stick with slicing, peeling and then cutting my Weißwurst into pieces like a normal person. :)

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