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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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The Week in Germany: Morrissey, German, Sexy Berlin, & Sexy Bremen

Photo from Gratisography

Photo from Gratisography

Morrissey came to Germany.

And then he had to run away because fans were storming the stage at his concert in Essen.

That crazy German language.

“A great example of a simple little word in German is Reißverschlussverfahren. OK, maybe not simple or little but a typical word nonetheless. It is what’s known as a compound word. That’s the easy part.”  Laptops and Lederhosen takes a look at this German word.

Berlin: “It’s complicated.”  (But still sexy, dammit.)

In order to prove it, iHeartBerlin have compiled a list of Berlin’s sexiest sexy places here.

Is Bremen awesome?

Yes, it is.  Oh My God, My Wife Is German will tell you why.

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The Week in Germany: Cool Street Art, American Christmas Markets, Thwarting Neo-Nazis, and Protesting in Berlin

Photo: Public domain.  Photographer:  Matt Hobbs

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

Find a German Christmas Market in the United States.

Germany.info has compiled a list.

The best street art I’ve seen in a while.

While I like stencils and murals and the like, these tongue-in-cheek stickers are my favorite kind of street art.  To be seen in Frankfurt right now, apparently.

Berliners gather to protest the loss of their green spaces.

And Der Irische Berliner is here to tell you how it went.

Neo-Nazis thwarted by chartiy walk.

What a great idea for a counter protest.  Almost as good as the same group’s previous “trojan tshirt”, a shirt that has a neo-Nazi slogan on it that washed out to show an anti-neo-Nazi slogan.  Ba-da-bing!

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The Week in Germany: Things, Things, and More Things

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Visiting Bavaria

Which five cities should be your priority during your next trip to Bavaria?  The Rococo Roamer has some suggestions.  Read them here.

Student loan tips

Need to defer your college loans while studying abroad in Germany?  Welcome to Germerica has wrapped up the steps you’ll need to take right here.

Should you visit Berlin’s Fernsehturm?

Back to Berlin…AND BEYOND say no.  Find out why here.

How to become a freelancer in Berlin.

Information that a lot of people ask about, no available in an überlin workshop.  Find out more here.

Get yer bike ready.

California Girl Goes Bavarian is talking about some gorgeous bike riding to be had around Regensburg right now.

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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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