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I’m very lucky that Erlangen and the surrounding areas are so utterly bike friendly that even a beginner (Anfänger) can get around safely. Now I am indeed no expert when it comes to biking BUT a bike is my main form of transport here in Germany and may be yours too, it’s worth doing some research, particularly if like me you hadn’t ridden a bike since childhood (and weren’t much good then either).
This is a preview of Biking in Germany versus Biking in the UK.
An explanation of why you feel fantastic at times, and downright crap at others!
Now I’m no psychologist but the cycle of highs and lows you experience as an expat is common to expats the world over. I’ve have done quite a bit of research in this because I did feel like I was going slightly crazy at times, I thankfully wasn’t and was grateful that I was not the only one going through great and hard times.
Steinbach Bräu – Storchenbier
I love this stuff, it’s amazing. Smooth and subtle, a light cloudy beer with a clean, fresh taste.
Eichhorn-Brauerei – Vollbier/Festbier
Also another favourite here. This is the true amber nectar, clear with slight sour notes, wonderful stuff.
Brauerei Neder – Schwarze Anna
A dark beer as the name would suggest. It looks like stout but the taste is surprisingly not bitter or thick at all.
Zirndorfer Brauerei – Kellerbier
Dark amber coloured with slightly sweet back notes, smooth and clean, easy drinking and a good choice to take to BBQs and parties. Also super cheap and sold in most supermarkets.
This is a preview of Five Best and Five Worst Local German Beverages.
After an 11-month adventure in Berlin I’ve arrived safely in the United States. I’m trying my best to readjust to the American culture but part of my mind is still stuck back in Germany. I could probably write an entire book about my experiences abroad, and one day I just might, but for now I’ll have to keeps things short. On Tuesday morning four of my closest friends in Berlin were kind enough to accompany me to Tegel Airport and bid me farewell before my flight. The night before had been full of laughs and stories in our favorite brewery, where I enjoyed my final sip of fresh German pilsner for the year. The morning after had a slightly different tone though. I was thrilled to have my friends by my side until the very end but there was a bittersweet feeling to everything.
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: Returning to the United States.
Food glorious food! No, German cuisine is not renowned the world over, but then again neither is British food and I bloody love that stuff.
So todays 5×5 is food inspired, in part by a blog I’m loving at the moment FoodEssen (go check out some wonderful German American foodiness) and part because I really love food, don’t you?
Five best German dishes
Schweinshaxe – Pork knuckle. Only order this if you are hungry, and even then be prepared to admit defeat and take the remains home in a doggy bag. Usually huge, with crispy crackling and meat that just melts off the bone, oh and bonus it comes with gravy, proper meat gravy (sometimes flavoured with beer or cinnamon) like your grandma used to make.
This is a preview of My Five Favorite and Least Favorite German Dishes.
The end-of-term workload has begun to pile up quickly. While I’ve been managing to chip slowly away at my three final papers, a game theory exam is still looming on the horizon. To top it off, I’ve got a German C-1 level proficiency exam next week, which will determine if I have the language skills to directly enroll in a master’s program here in Berlin. I’m familiar with the stress from the winter semester, but it’s nevertheless going to be a long couple of weeks before everything is officially over. Luckily however, the World Cup (German: Weltmeisterschaft, or simply WM) is in full swing and helps to take my mind off of all the work. It’s become all the more exciting now that Deutschland has moved on to the final round of the tournament after this week’s remarkable 7:1 victory over Brazil.
This is a preview of One Year in Germany: WM Fever.
A lot of articles point at German for being a complicated language full of compound words (you know the ones that hurt your head), but it’s also filled with words that describe a whole situation in one word.
These are some of my favourites :
The present a man brings home when he has stayed out too late or done something wrong ‘Drachenfutter’ literally dragon food.
The feeling of comfiness, coziness and all being well with the world, usually when you have a drink in hand ‘Gemütlichkeit’.
To get together over coffee and chat (or rather, gossip) ‘der Kaffeeklatsch’.
This is a preview of The Germans Have a Word for It.