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The Week in Germany: Surviving the Autobahn, Eurovision, and Berlin

Berlin in spring. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Berlin in spring. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Eurovision is coming

On May 23 the contest for best song in Europe (I guess this is what it is about? Frankly, I can’t stand to watch it) begins. If you want to know what this yearly tradition is all about, here is a Eurovision primer.

How to survive on the Autobahn

“Surviving the German Autobahn. The whole world knows it, you know it, I know it: if you’re not speeding like a mad-man on the German Autobahn you shouldn’t even be there in the first place. But other than testing your Porsche, BMW or Benz, there are a few facts that you need to know before going on the highways to hell.” Read more on Caroline and Mathew.

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The Week in Germany: Graffiti, Couture Eggs, and the River Rhine

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Hello My Name Is…German Graffiti

Is a documentary about the German graffiti scene that is traveling Germany right now, and you can find showing dates here.

Couture Easter Eggs

In case you didn’t get enough last weekend.  “In Germany we have two essential traditions for the Easter holiday: The first one is hiding chocolate Easter bunnies and nests or eggs filled with candy that the kids (or the grown-up kids who don’t want to let go of their childhood memories) have to search. And the second one is that we artfully paint real chicken eggs to make them into Eater egg ornaments that we have on some branches in a vase. Sometimes the eggs are simply colorful, some have more elaborate paintings or even carvings on them.”  Read and see more here.

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The Week in Germany: Bilingual Families, Homesickness, and Kita

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Photo: Gratisography

Bilingualism does not have to be a sacrifice

“While I don’t disagree with the fact that raising multilingual children CAN BE time consuming or expensive or even that it may mean a few sacrifices along the way, I think articles like these just approach the topic from the wrong end of the stick. Would you write/read an article about how much money you need to spend to raise your monolingual child (in terms of language costs I mean): buying him/her books , DVDs, finding a nanny or a playgroup to go to? Probably not.” Read more here.

Coping with homesickness

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The Week in Germany: Learning German, Blockupy, 1991 Berlin, and Something to Laugh About

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Photo: Gratisography

Wondering why you’re not learning German quickly?

Around the Wherever lists some habits that might be hindering your progress here.

If you followed Blockupy in the news last week

Stadtkind FFM has a link collection of Frankfurt websites that covered or commented on the happens in the city on March 18th.  Find it here.

Travel back in time in Berlin

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

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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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