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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.

Life in Germany: Valentine’s Day on the Top of the World

by California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy California Globetrotter

Last Valentine’s Day, Hans and I spontaneously at the last minute decided to take a day trip instead of stressing over the pressure of buying the right gift or surprise. We decided to get up super-doooper early (ugh!) and take the train to Zugspitze – Germany’s tallest mountain! We couldn’t have come up with a more enjoyable way to spend our Valentine’s Day together.

The train ride to Garmish-Partenkirchen was absolutely beautiful. I pulled my book out once to read only to put it back a few minutes later because I couldn’t take my eyes off the beautiful snow. Once we got closer, the villages were surrounded by country side covered in snow with lots of little sheds sporadically spread out in the fields.

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My Top Five European Capitals: Number 1

by Sebastian Cuevas

estonia01Tallinn

My friends usually ask me about my fascination with Estonia. They just don’t get that a Mexican could prefer Tallinn over say, Barcelona. Granted I do love Barcelona, it’s too familiar to be as attractive as something as distant as Tallinn. That is, nevertheless, not the main argument why I’d take Tallinn over any other city.

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My Top Five European Capitals: Number 2

by Sebastian Cuevas

berlin01Berlin

Berlin. Arm aber sexy. Berlin is the next city I’m planning on moving to, just like everybody else here in Germany. Though the more alternative types are now moving to Leipzig, Berlin is still a very hot destination for people from Germany and beyond. Though the massive influx of rich Swabians and the ensuing gentrification has driven rent prices up, Berlin is still immensely attractive. While moving to Berlin is now mainstream and unoriginal here in Germany, Berlin, to me, hasn’t lost its magic. EDIT: I moved to Berlin on October 1, 2015.

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My Top Five European Capitals: Number 3

by Sebastian Cuevas

prag01Prague

There’s so much I love about Prague I don’t even know where to begin. Sure, the city center is amazing, but it’s probably that creative character of the city that attracts me so much. Czech musicians, directors, composers, writers, and photographers have been highly regarded for decades. Both before and during Communism, experimentation with colors, forms, and sounds took a more avant-garde turn, and that has come to influence the city’s identity. From the fin-de-Siecle Bohemianism of small cafés, to the Art Nouveau facades, to the weirdness of the Žižkov television tower, Prague offers an interesting mixture of styles. And then there’s of course the amazing neo-gothic architecture of the Old Town too. There are further attractions for those enthusiasts of the unconventional, such museums dedicated to sex machines or alchemy.

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Surviving Winter in Germany

by Alie of The Erlangen Expat and Starting Over in Stuttgart

Photo: Public Domain, CARL STEINBEIßER

Photo: Public Domain, CARL STEINBEIßER

I’m British, this might explain my natural acceptance of winter. It’s just a season, one of four and it’s something that is going to happen whether you want it to or not. Every year it comes and goes, sometimes staying longer than expected and sometimes fleeing early, whichever it is there will always be ‘grey days’.

These aren’t metaphorical ‘grey days’, these are actual literal days of unending greyness. The UKs meteorological wonder is drizzle and it seems that ‘grey’ is Germanys. It’s hard to explain, I’m not talking about just cloudy or dull, the world actually looks grey and muted with a kind of temporary filter. Days like these can go on and on, add to that stress at work, homesickness and expat adjustment issues, these grey days can induce the doldrums in the most positive of people.

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Christmas Markets in Erlangen

by Alie of The Erlangen Expat and Starting Over in Stuttgart

Photo: public domain, photographer martin spiske

Photo: public domain, photographer martin spiske

One thing Germany does well is Christmas.

– It’s not so much about the presents but the presence of family and friends

– It’s not so much shop ’til you drop but maintaining an appropriately warming level of Glühwein in your system

– Its not so much rain and more snow (hopefully)

The magic that you felt as a child can definitely be rekindled into a grown up wonder as the Christmas Markets start springing up, practically overnight. However many “German Christmas Markets” you have been to in your home country, all I can say is “you aint seen nothing yet!”

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My Top Five European Capitals: Number 5

by Sebastian Cuevas

Hey all,

The title says it all, so without further ado, here’s a quick rundown of my top 5 European capitals.

Budapest#5 Budapest

Though it’s been a while since my last visit to Budapest, the impression the city left has lasted. I spent a week there during a hitchhiking trip which took me from Frankfurt to Istanbul, only to spend another week on my way back.

I’d have to describe Budapest as grandiose. It’s architecture is simply amazing. From Neo-Gothic all the way to Art Nouveau, walking around the city is a treat to your sight. The grandeur of 19th century Budapest can be appreciated while strolling down the famous Andrassy Utca all the way to Heroes’ square.

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