Category Archives: Current Events

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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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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