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One Year in Berlin: The First Few Weeks

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

It’s amazing how busy I’ve become in only three weeks here. Although classes at the Freie Universität don’t officially begin until  mid-October, the BCGS (Berlin Consortium for German Studies) program is in full swing. During our first six weeks in Berlin, myself and five other students are enrolled in an intensive language course that meets four times per week for about four hours. The class has proven to be more strenuous than I originally expected, but I’m nevertheless thrilled at the opportunity to sharpen my German skills before the semester starts up.

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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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German Cuisine: Warming Up to Cabbage

by Nadia Hassani

Photo copyright Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo copyright Spoonfuls of Germany

For Thanksgiving 2013, I made an all-German menu from my cookbook: Roasted Duck Stuffed with Rum-soaked Raisins and Apples, Potato Dumplings, and Spiced Red Cabbage.

I usually do not like cabbage yet a while ago I decided it was time to take my cabbage dislike head-on. With very few exceptions like okra and celery root, I have always loved vegetables. The more I am centering my cooking around vegetables from my own garden and locally grown, seasonal produce, the less it seemed excusable to avoid an entire vegetable family. Putting a cabbage dish on the Thanksgiving table was part of my self-designed aversion training.

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Wordless Wednesday: Eltville

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

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An Au Pair’s Story: The Ups and the Downs

by Krysten Bacon

Photo coypright  McPHOTO, dpa

Photo coypright McPHOTO, dpa

I’m not a perfect guardian and I was a bad au pair. My temper ran short and my cooking skills didn’t exist and all I wanted to do was go out in Berlin, dance, ride my bike, and talk to boys. But I was an au pair. So I had to work.

I went out in the mornings and late at night and made it, somehow, in time every day to pick Jason up from the Kita, but sometimes we were tired and rode the trains. Sometimes we were rushed and ate french fries. We watched movies. Sometimes I was so frustrated and tired of the six year old who couldn’t take care of himself and followed me around all day and needed to be read bedtime stories, so sometimes at night I just closed his curtains and closed his door and then closed my door, too.

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One Year in Berlin: So Long, America

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

There’s an old German Coca-Cola sign hanging in my parents’ kitchen. It’s little more than a knickknack from a dusty antique store, but as I prepare for my flight to Berlin tomorrow I can’t help but draw some greater meaning.

The advertisement is nothing if not an American symbol. Yet with the German words “trink” and “eiskalt” we see a fusion of two cultures. The Coca-Cola logo, in its all-too-familiar trademarked cursive, suddenly seems foreign. And isn’t that exactly what my upcoming year in Berlin is all about?

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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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