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The Week in Germany: The Berlin Wall Is Back, Neukölln Guide, Halloween, and Some Other Stuff

Kloster Eberbach. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Kloster Eberbach. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

The Berlin Wall is going back up.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its fall, the Berlin Wall is going back up…in the form of glowing, balloon-like orbs.  It is going to be a gorgeous memorial, a visual haunting by the wall’s ghost.  Read more about it on Fotostrasse.

A haunted house to complete your Halloween.

Over at Abandoned Berlin you can creep yourself out with photos of a building where Nazi uniforms were made.  I hear there is exciting news brewing over at Abandoned Berlin as well…but more on that later.  Go look at this spooky place right here.

Is Neukölln the coolest neighborhood in Berlin?

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The Week in Germany: So Many Interesting Links, There Can’t Be a Short Title

Full moon at the Frankfurt Dippemess.  Going on now until September 22.  Photo copyright dpa

Full moon at the Frankfurt Dippemess. Going on now until September 22. Photo copyright dpa

The Berlin Festival of Lights looks really, really pretty.

I know because Sole Satisfaction went, and she shared her pictures right here.  It looks pretty trippy.

What is grad school in Germany like?

Welcome to Germerica is here to tell you all about it.

Bautzen is also really pretty.

But not in the same way that the Berlin Lights Festival is.  You can look at photos on das Blog right here.

What is weird about Bavaria?

This Californian transplant in Bavaria is going to tell you.

Art in office buildings.

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The Week in Germany: Berlin, Erotica, and Some Other Random Stuff

Nice try Frankfurt Book Fair, but we think we'll just keep writing both. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart, taken at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

Nice try Frankfurt Book Fair, but we think we’ll just keep writing both. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart, taken at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

Have you assimilated yet?

Gone native?  Become German? At Germany, Ja, they say they’ll tell you.  Right here.  I’m not entirely sure I would fill the list with the same items though, if I had written it.  Except for number 13: “You don’t have a flat sheet on your bed anymore, just a duvet and cover.”  Yup, I’m thoroughly Germanized in that respect.

Erotica at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Apparently Fifty Shades of Grey has everybody clamoring for the stuff.

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The Week in Germany: Kafka, Heidelberg, Germerica, and One Berlin Neighborhood

Alpenmurmeltier. Photo copyright dpa

Alpenmurmeltier. Photo copyright dpa

First things first: The Kafka Group Read co-hosted by Young Germany and Book Punks…

…is happening right now, and we would love it if you joined us in the discussion.  Even if you only read it once, like, 15 years ago and don’t feel like reading it again.  You can still stop by and tell us what you remember about it, whether you think you might be up for reading it in German.

You can join in right here.  Then you can go read about the problems of translating that famous first sentence right here.

Welcome to Germerica

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The Week in Germany: Help With a Residency Permit, Castles, Moving Tips

Alpenmurmeltier. Photo copyright dpa

Alpenmurmeltier. Photo copyright dpa

I can’t get enough of the castles.  Germany is fairytale country.

“In addition to being a place of immense beauty, Baden-Württemberg is home to the Hohenzollern Castle, the former seat of the House of Hohenzollern. This intimidating and majestic castle is in the Swabian Alps, near the town of Bisingen, and is perched on top of a mountain.”  Read the entire blog post here.

Geek Mädel will help you with that permanent residency permit.

It will take some paperwork (I should know, I’ve been through the process too), but it isn’t impossible.  And with a little advice, you’ll kick its ehem.  Now click here to get to the good advice.

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The Week in Germany: Graduate School, German Whisky, and Summer Trips

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Good morning and happy Friday, readers!  I’ve been away for a few weeks, so there was a lot to catch up on.  This is more like a month in Germany than a week, but there you have it.  Lots of good stuff was happening on the internet while I was away. Here are my favorite links from around the expat web:

How to Do Graduate School in Germany

Thinking about adding a “Dr” to your title?  Want to do it in Germany?  The blogger behind Nine and ninety nine has some advice and information about the process right here.

Did you know Germans make whiskey?

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The Week in Germany: What Have You Been Reading?

German vineyard. Photo courtesy A.H.

German vineyard. Photo courtesy A.H.

This week the ball is in your court: YG is in England this week and won’t be around to comb the blogs for the most interesting Germany-related posts to share here.

Instead, I hoped that you all might tell me what the week’s best was: Just add a link in the comments if you’ve read an interesting blog or news post about Germany this week.  I look forward to catching up with them all when I get back.  And have a great weekend!

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