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One Year in Berlin: The Captial City of Opera

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

It’s certainly no secret that Berlin has arguably the biggest club scene in the world. Ever since the wall, fell clubs of all shapes and sizes have popped up throughout neighborhoods such as Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. DJs and music enthusiasts flock here from all corners of the globe for a chance to take part in the Berlin nightlife. What many visitors don’t know is that the city has also managed to cultivate a fairly large opera scene. I enjoy the electronic music of a loud, underground club as much as the next guy, but some days I prefer to sample Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi.

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German Cuisine: Carnival Delights

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

With carnival last week in Germany, and the cold weather, I felt like indulging in some deep-fried treats. These pastries from southern Germany are called Nonnenfürzchen or Nonnenfürzle. If you understand German, never mind the name, it does not mean what you think. It is based on middle low German and means “what nuns do best”.

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Travel Germany: 48 Hours in Munich

by Jess Signut

BMW Museum Photo Jess Signut

BMW Museum Photo Jess Signut

Munich is one of the many thriving locations in Germany; so naturally, it’s a top vacation destination. But if you aren’t able to be there for an extended period of time, check out some of the “must-dos” in 48 hours. Thankfully, we went in October so we were able to do all of these on our bucket list!

BMW Museum

If you’re a car enthusiast, then this is your type of museum. Located near Olympia Park, it shows you the history of the car manufacturer BMW. The museum’s architectural design will catch your eye even before you pull up and park. Seen from miles away, it’s large and futuristic design pulls people in to learn more about its history. It’s also near the BMW Welt, another futuristic location to learn about BMW.

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One Year in Berlin: An Internship

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

After several weeks of juggling term papers, rugby practices, and even a bit of traveling, I’ve finally seemed to settle back into a somewhat normal rhythm here in Berlin. One major advantage of studying in Europe for a full year (as opposed to one semester) is the enormous amount of free time I have in between terms. For about two months my only academic obligation is to choose my courses for the summer. Otherwise, I can more or less do anything I want until mid-April.

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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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Gluten-Free Buckwheat: Once a Poor Man’s Grain in Germany

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

In recent years, the gluten-free diet wave has swept through Germany like through so many other industrialized countries. It catapulted the book Wheat Belly by US physician William Davis to the bestseller list (its German title, Die Weizenwampe, is even more colorful than the English – “Wampe” means fat belly in German). And, with the gluten-free wave, scores of gluten-free products have been washed onto supermarket shelves.

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