Category Archives: German Culture

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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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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Wordless Wednesday: Cro

CRO at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

Cro at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

CRO at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

Cro at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

In case you don’t know who Cro is:

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Day Two at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Another day at the Frankfurt Book Fair, another slew of bright and beautiful images.  But books weren’t the only highlights; new technology that combines reading on the page with tablet and computer add-ons, e-books, print-on-demand were just a few of the things on display that are pointing to the potential new tech will bring to reading in the future.

“Book publishers are expanding the scope of their opportunities to the maximum. They are experimenting with content and technologies, and that spirit of invention pervades the Book Fair,” said Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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Frankfurt Book Fair: A Tour in Photos

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Last night I left the fair feeling totally exhausted.  Without realizing it, I had spent almost eight solid hours walking–and the fair grounds are not small.  I didn’t have a step counter on, but I’d bet I walked almost ten kilometers as I explored hall after all, taking photos.

Despite all the walking, I still haven’t covered it all and today I will be exploring the remaining halls, as well as talking to translator Katy Derbyshire for a YG exclusive next month.  Day two here I come!  While I’m out taking more photos, take a look at the second part of the fun yesterday.  Featuring Ken Follet, “Selfie Man” and three tons of gorgeous books:

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German Cuisine and the Quince

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

In Germany, like in the United States, quinces were a forgotten fruit for a long time – until the Slow Food Movement rediscovered them.

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First Day at the Frankfurt Book Fair: Photo Impressions

Frankfurt Book Fair Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Gutenberg Museum Stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting point for book lovers, and the enormous fair hall pulses: with color, passion, and beautiful, beautiful books. Book people–from authors to publishers and everyone in between–have descended on Frankfurt, and for the next five days, Frankfurt will be the unofficial capital of books.

I spent the morning wandering the cavernous halls, getting a feel for the layout and taking pictures of books and stands. I think I could spend the next year here and not manage to see it all. The program booklet is as thick as a telephone book, though I doubt I’ll make it to even half of the interesting events I’ve circled. A large “Lesezelt” (reading tend) has been set up in the courtyard outside, and there are rumored to be readings by Finnish authors happening in a sauna (how that is supposed to work I have no idea).

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