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The Week in Germany: So Many Interesting Links, There Can’t Be a Short Title

Full moon at the Frankfurt Dippemess.  Going on now until September 22.  Photo copyright dpa

Full moon at the Frankfurt Dippemess. Going on now until September 22. Photo copyright dpa

The Berlin Festival of Lights looks really, really pretty.

I know because Sole Satisfaction went, and she shared her pictures right here.  It looks pretty trippy.

What is grad school in Germany like?

Welcome to Germerica is here to tell you all about it.

Bautzen is also really pretty.

But not in the same way that the Berlin Lights Festival is.  You can look at photos on das Blog right here.

What is weird about Bavaria?

This Californian transplant in Bavaria is going to tell you.

Art in office buildings.

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German Cuisine: Doughnuts Out of Africa

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

“May I have some?”, my husband asked after he finished photographing the German carnival pastries I had made as tasting samples for a German food and history talk to the German club of a local high school. I allowed my photographer to eat the two rejects and took away the rest.

Driving home with the empty trays in the trunk, I felt bad about it. My husband photographs just about everything for Spoonfuls of Germany. It sometimes takes 2 or 3 hours until he is satisfied with the set, the light and the “pose”, and before he signs off on the food portraits that you see.

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My 10 Favorite German Words

by Wandering Kim

German as a foreign language dictionary.  Photo copyright dpa

German as a foreign language dictionary. Photo copyright dpa

I recently returned to Germany for the first time since moving and it felt as if I never left. I was speaking German, indulging myself in good food, and surrounded by familiar brands and sights. Even though I haven’t missed speaking German, it felt good to know I could still carry a conversation in a foreign language – especially since my command of Dutch is non-existent. To honor what Mark Twain eloquently described as “the awful German language,” here are my 10 favorite words (in no particular order):

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The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview with Back to Berlin…and BEYOND (and a giveaway)

Photo (cc) flickr user optikfluffel

Photo (cc) flickr user optikfluffel

What do you  need to know to get settled in Berlin?  Giulia Pines’ book Finding Your Feet in Berlin has all the answers to your questions.  One of the most important factors is finding the neighborhood that is right for you.  But how to choose?  Which neighborhood is the best? Today we’ve got Ebe from Back to Berlin…and BEYOND here to tell us about her neighborhood and why it is awesome.  As for that book we mentioned, we’re giving away two copies of Finding Your Feet in Berlin right here, right now, so go enter and vote on your favorite Berlin neighborhood.

What Berlin neighborhood do you live in? 

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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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German Cuisine: Pigs, Pork, and Luck

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

When it comes to pigs, there is no beating around the bush: as much as I want to dispel the idea that German food is nothing but pork and sausage, I must acknowledge that there indeed is a longstanding and intimate relationship between Germans and their pigs.

With a per capita amount of 87 pounds per year, pork is the most consumed meat in Germany. Consumption is decreasing slightly every year, and the meat industry has a nervous eye on this development. But let’s be realistic: Germans won’t turn into a nation of vegetarians. Poultry, beef, fish and seafood have a long way to go to catch up with pork – even with their numbers added up, their overall consumption is less than pork. That Germans keep filling their plates with pork is of vital economic interest, as Germany produces more pork than it consumes. The country is the biggest exporter of pork in the European Union.

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