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The Week in Germany: Gifts, Food, Movies

I heart Deutschland.  A street artist has modified traffic lights to show the love.  Photo copyright dpa

I heart Deutschland. A street artist has modified traffic lights to show the love. Photo copyright dpa

German Food: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

“If you ask Germans about their cuisine, they will get that faraway look in their eyes which one gets from some a lot of thinking. Finally, if the people you ask are anything like my German friends, they’ll probably tell you that it’s very bland and tasteless. But they will point out that you can easily buy cuisine from all over the world in Germany which is the plus side.”  Read the entire blog on My Life in Germany.

While we’re talking about food…

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German Cuisine: Cucumber Glut

by Nadia Hassani

Photo copyright Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo copyright Spoonfuls of Germany

During my visit to Berlin a few months ago, I stayed in a modest boarding house at the fringes of the Prenzlauer Berg district. I found it hard to believe this quiet neighborhood of unpaved sidewalks (but with high-speed Internet connection) is only a short bus ride away from bustling Alexanderplatz. Next door was an allotment garden. I relished at the sight of the neat flowerbeds with garden gnomes and impeccable lawns on the small lots. Living in rural America, I had forgotten all about this phenomenon of the German urban landscape.

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Living in Germany: My Two-Year Anniversary

by Alexandra Ioakim of Flythesevenseas

Photo courtesy Sailthesevenseas

Photo courtesy Flythesevenseas

Next month will mark 24 months in Germany. While in some respects it feels as if time has flown, after short reflection, I would say that I have managed to squeeze a lot out of these months, my main feat: embracing the German language.

Before I moved, my German consisted of a handful of words – Guten Tag, danke, Brot, Milch, über and schlafen -   (evidently without the appropriate article), picked up during one term of German classes and my father’s obsession with asking for the ‘milch’ at the breakfast table.

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Real Expat Life: Things I Won’t Miss About Germany

by Shannon Miller

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

When you move abroad you go through phases. First you’re in wonder. Everything is different and new and exciting and an adventure! Then the frustration. It’s different and it’s hard and I JUST DON’T LIKE IT. Then, you come to terms with it, make the best of it, and then you’re fully integrated and you’ve passed the culture shock test, right?

Har har! ;)

I’m of the opinion that no matter how long you live in a place, there will always be things that drive you crazy about it (this can also be said of “back home” too, lest you think I’m picking unfairly on good ole Deutschland). I also think that as an expat blogger, I should be honest about what life is really like–ups, downs, and in betweens. I love Germany, but sometimes it irks me. And that’s ok!

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The Week in Germany: Jobs, July Eats, Soccer, and Aldi

Gutaussehender Geschäftsmann drückt die JA Taste auf einen virtuellen Schirm

Getting a Job in Germany

A lot of people write to us asking about how to find a job in Germany.  In this blog post, Australian expat Geek Mädel weighs in on the question.  Read the post here.

July Eats in Germany

“July in south-central Germany: the sun is hot and high in the sky and seasonal eating is all about fruit.  In the orchards, plump stone fruits hang heavily from the trees; at the farmers’ markets, stands are laden with fat, oozing plums and apricots and the berries are so ripe and plentiful that you can buy them on the cheap for making jam.  Twice a week in July I return home from the marketplace weighed down by bags of sweet, juicy locally-grown fruit: if you’re enjoying the summer crops of berries and stone fruits as much as I am, then here are a few ideas with what to do with them all…”  Read more about what to eat in Germany on Eating Wiesbaden.

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What’s Underneath a Lid

by Nadia Hassani

Photo copyright Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo copyright Spoonfuls of Germany

At breakfast with a friend and her daughter in Germany a few years ago, I quietly held my breath wondering how the little girl would eat her yogurt. And she did it! Without interrupting her happy chatter, she peeled back the foil, then scraped off the tiny bit of yogurt before eating the whole thing.

I leaned back, relieved and touched. My friend had passed on to her daughter what we were taught as kids.

Although I was born 20 years after the end of World War II and never suffered shortages of any kind, the commandment, “Do not waste food” of my grandmother’s generation was instilled in me. That mentality is, of course, not a peculiar German one. Americans who lived through the Great Depression were equally mindful of food waste.

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