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The Week in Germany: Renting, Reading, Counting, Viewing

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A Guide to Renting in Germany

Relokate has put together some answers to FAQs about renting in Germany.  She explains some of the terms you’ll need to know and surprises you can expect to encounter.  Read it here.

Visit an East German watch tower with Fotostrasse

“Sometimes I think to myself that i know Berlin and that this city cannot surprise me that easily anymore. But, of course, I’m wrong. Berlin surprises me almost everyday and this is how I felt when I realized that, hidden in plain sight, there is a East German Watchtower on Potsdamer Platz.” Read the rest here.

Last chance to win two books from Slow Travel Berlin

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The German Supermarket Experience…When You’ve Just Arrived in Germany

by Melissa Alvarado

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Photo via Raumrot

A week had passed since I arrived in Germany, back in June. I was pretty tired of eating out, and I wanted to cook something at home or at least have food in my fridge. So, as anybody would do, I went to the supermarket.

I know! There’s nothing fantastic or worth writing about going to the supermarket… Except when you have absolutely no idea how things are called in German and you end up spending two hours wandering around the halls and starving.

That’s exactly how my first experience in a German supermarket was: Not normal. At all.

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Study in Germany: Celtic Studies

by Jay Malone

Photo courtesy Eight Hours and Change

Photo courtesy Eight Hours and Change

A student interested in studying in Germany recently mentioned to me that she was especially interested in Celtic Studies, and wanted to know if there were any specific programs in Germany. At first, I wanted to say that there were only general programs in which she could choose a “Schwerpunkt” for her studies, or a specific area of focus. But I wanted to confirm this, so I googled Celtic Studies and found that there were actually some specific programs available at both the Bachelor and Master level.

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One Year in Berlin: Warum Berlin? (in German)

by Patrick Molligo

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

Die Welt wird jeden Tag kleiner. Ich bin in Long Island aufgewachsen aber ich habe mich nie gefühlt, dass ich isoliert bin. Natürlich habe ich eine besondere Beziehung mit meinem Heim in New York, aber ich möchte glauben, dass ich ein Teil von einer großen Gemeinschaft bin. Ich wäre beides kurzsichtig und arrogant, wenn ich dächte, dass mein Leben keine Verbindung mit fremden Menschen zu tun hat. Wir leben in einer Zeit der Globalisierung und deshalb müssen wir lernen, mit verschiedenen Leuten zu interagieren. Mit dem Internet wissen wir sofort, was tausende von Meilen weg passiert ist. Mit neuer Technologie können wir ohne Schwierigkeit mit Freunden in fernen Ländern sprechen. Ich frage daher, warum sollte meine Bildung in New York bleiben?

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The Week in Germany: WWII Fiction, Winter in Bavaria, Empty Houses, & Difficult German Words

Photo: Gratisography

Photo: Gratisography

I can’t stand reading fiction about World War II.

Can you?  Over on Book Punks, I talk about why living in Germany has turned me away from fiction about the war

“When the hype for Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity was going around, I found myself forced to confront a new wall in my reading tastes, an allergy of sorts. I can’t read fiction about World War II. I don’t want to read fiction about World War II. Get that shit away from me—what are you kidding?—gross.

“It is a result of living in Germany. I have been here for almost ten years now, and I can’t recall a single day in recent memory when World War II didn’t come up. Let’s look at one week in the life.” Read more here.

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Berlin: Secret Sightseeing Tips

by Christina Olivier

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

When you decide to live in Berlin, as a student or for work, everything is an adventure. Whether deciding on which bread to choose from the myriad of tantalizing options at your local Steinecke, or simply a late night trip on the U-Bahn.

But like all things in life, the glamor fades and the honeymoon phase comes to an end. However, let this not be the end of your Berlin experience. As a tourist, the sights that you see and the places that you visit are the tip of the iceberg. Now is your time to look beyond the surface and become a true Berliner, and leave the title of “tourist” behind.

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