Category Archives: Current Events

The Week in Germany: Solar Eclipse, Jörg Fauser, Grad School, and Hamburg

Photo: Gratisography

Photo: Gratisography

There is a solar eclipse today!

And people with solar power are being warned about outages in Germany.  Very conscientious.  Read more here.

Ever heard of Jörg Fauser?

Jörg Fauser is one of Germany’s most overlooked countercultural icons. He “drank more beer than Bukowski and shot more heroin than William Burroughs”, yet still found time to write Raw Material, a savage satire about the decay of the dreams of the sixties. Originally published in German as Rohstoff, this semi-autobiographical masterpiece was translated into English last year.”  überlin are giving away five copies.  Enter (and find out more) here.

Why attend grad school in Germany?

Beer Time with Wagner has seven good reasons for you.  Here.

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The Week in Germany: Bi-national Couples, Cheap Train Tickets, Weird German Food

Derek and Marc of The Migrant Expats were featured on the deutschland.de blog series Heartbeats this week. Photo The Migrant Expats

Derek and Marc of The Migrant Expats were featured on the deutschland.de blog series Heartbeats this week. Photo The Migrant Expats

Valentine’s Day happened, and deutschland.de started a series about bi-national couples.

The Migrant Expats were the first to be featured in a video interview for the series.  Which you can watch here:

Meet the other couples who have participated here.  If you are in a bi-national relationship and would like to join in, then find out more here.

Where Frankfurters get their party on

Here mostly, says a study.

Find cheap train tickets

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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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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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The Year in Germany: The 2014 Edition

Photo: Gratisography

Photo: Gratisography

Happy New Year to you all, faithful readers!  This week I thought it would be fun to ask you what your favorite posts (from your blog or others) of the year were.  So instead of “The Week in Germany,” we have “The Year in Germany.”  Looking forward to reading your favorites, and I hope 2015 brings you all the things you’re hoping it will.

 

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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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