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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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The Week in Germany: Voting, Blogging, and Learning German

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People who live, work, and pay taxes in Germany should be allowed to vote in Germany.

I know I would appreciate having the chance.  Monday on The Local

SPD Vice-President Ralf Stegner said on Sunday that “people who live, work, pay taxes, should also be allowed to vote. Why should we withhold this essential civil right from them?””  Read the entire article here.

Advice for bloggers in Europe. How to make the money happen.

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Destination Germany: Sailing in Brandenburg

When you think about summer vacation and water sports in Germany, you probably think about the North Sea, or the Baltic Sea.

Sailing in Brandenburg (dpa)

Sailing in Brandenburg (dpa)

But there’s a wealth of water sports right at the outskirts of Berlin: there are 3,000 lakes to swim in and lots of ways to explore Brandenburg’s waterways by boat – even with an old sailing yacht.
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