Category Archives: German Culture

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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Living in Germany: Dressing Up

by Alexandra Ioakim of Flythesevenseas

Photo courtesy Sailthesevenseas

Photo courtesy Flythesevenseas

Our firm hosted a ‘sales and marketing day’ last week for the all employees in the Munich office to ‘promote talent and opportunities across service lines’ – i.e. a means to justify a large celebration.
Lured by a night out for a pre-Oktoberfest party (and informative workshops of course)  I accepted the invitation. In preparation for the event, the invitation described:

Dresscode           
Dre Dresscode sowohl für die Tages – als auch die Abendveranstaltung ist Tracht, bayerischer Landhausstil oder Casual.
(The dresscode for both the day-time and evening event is Tracht (Dirndl / Lederhosen), Bavarian country estate style or casual).
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German Cuisine: Why Marlene Dietrich Disliked Rutabagas

by Nadia Hassani

Photo copyright Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo copyright Spoonfuls of Germany

The third winter of World War I, whose beginning a century ago is commemorated this year, is also referred to in German as the Hungerwinter or Steckrübenwinter (Rutabaga winter). The blockade of Germany through the North Sea cut the country off from overseas trade and supplies, and the potato crop in 1916 had failed. As a result rutabagas, until that time mainly grown as animal fodder, became a staple of the 1,000-calorie ration-card diet for civilians.

Marlene Dietrich was then a teenager in Berlin. She would recall with a shudder how her family ate rutabagas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and in every possible form. Most people’s faces turned yellow from all the rutabagas, hers didn’t. Her perfect, porcelain-like complexion stood out already then.

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Take a Look: Berlin’s Eastside Gallery

by Shannon Miller

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Our last day in Berlin, we took my husband’s mom to the Eastside Gallery. She’s an artist, so we figured she’d love the murals painted on old sections of the Berlin Wall. It’s another way Berliners have turned ugly history into something positive.

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

During the Cold War, people in West Berlin drew graffiti on their side of the wall, and when the wall came down, artists joined together to create an international memorial for freedom by painting murals on remaining parts of the wall. The Eastside Gallery is one of the world’s largest open air galleries, but it’s had its share of problems. Just this year a developer for luxury apartments destroyed part of the wall to begin construction despite protests, and every year the wall is further damaged by weather and vandalism.

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Berlin Fashion Week July 2014 – Day 4

The Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research has been promoting the fashion industry since 2007 with an annual budget of up to one million euros and a comprehensive range of measures. At least eight fashion shows by Berlin’s fashion labels are co-financed every year, at least five international presentations by Berlin’s fashion labels (Berlin Showroom) take place within the scope of the Paris Fashion Week since 2013 and are planned to take place in New York as well and since 2010, emerging fashion labels from Berlin are granted up to 50,000 € of prize money and coaching within the scope of the fashion contest Start your Fashion Business.

anne gorke (Foto: Cosima Scholz für styleranking.de)

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Berlin Fashion Week July 2014 – Day 3

Berlin will again show its ‘green-fashion’ side this season introducing the newest trends and discussing current questions revolving around ecological design. Among this week’s eco-shows are: GREENshowroom and the Ethical Fashion Show as well as the fashion shows for Fashionistas Showfloor Berlin and Lavera Showfloor.

The Showroom Days take place in various locations, largely as public events, for everyone interested in fashion.

dimitri (Foto: Cosima Scholz für styleranking.de)

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dimitri (Foto: Cosima Scholz für styleranking.de)

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Berlin Fashion Week July 2014 – Day 2

Highlights from July 08-13, 2014 include BREAD & BUTTER, the leading international trade fair for street and urban wear, which takes place from July 08-10, 2014 at the legendary Tempelhof Airport, The fashion show PREMIUM in the STATION Berlin and PANORAMA in the Berlin ExpoCenter City as well as the shows of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, exclusively this year in the Erika-Hess-Eisstadion.

Aleks Kurkowski (Foto: Cosima Scholz für styleranking.de)

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