Category Archives: German Culture

Berlin Fashion Week January 2015 – Day 3

The bi-annual German style extravaganza Berlin Fashion Week kicked off with arrays of men’s and women’s fall-2015 collections created by an interesting line-up of both local and international talents.

Esther Perbandt (photo: Cosima Scholz)

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Esther Perbandt (photo: Cosima Scholz)

Photos are courtesy of www.styleranking.de – your fashion crew

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Berlin Fashion Week January 2015 – Day 2

Highlights of the Berlin Fashion Week (from January 19 to 23, 2015) are Premium Exhibitions at STATION Berlin and PANORAMA at the Berlin ExpoCenter City as well as the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. This will take place  at the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin.

Berlin Fashion Week: Aleks Kurkowski (photo: Cosima Scholz)

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Berlin Fashion Week: Aleks Kurkowski (photo: Cosima Scholz)

Photos are courtesy of www.styleranking.de – your fashion crew

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Berlin Fashion Week January 2015 – Day 1

Twice a year Berlin is the international platform for fashion and lifestyle. At the Berlin Fashion Week you will find fashion aficionados, buyers, trade visitors and media representatives. They meet at shows and awards, get information on trade fairs, visit exhibitions and offsite events.

Berlin Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson (photo: Cosima Scholz)

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Berlin Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson (photo: Cosima Scholz)

Photos are courtesy of www.styleranking.de – your fashion crew

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How I Got a Fashion Internship in Germany

by Justine Steiner

Photo from Gratisogrpahy

Photo from Gratisogrpahy

Finding a German company willing to give an internship to an 18-year-old American girl with no experience and rough German skills isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. But somehow, I managed to do just that.

After being accepted into the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program, my next step was to decide in what field I wanted to intern. I decided to take a leap of faith and try to somehow work in the fashion industry—a passion of mine that was put on the backburner due to the limited possibilities available for a girl growing up in small-town Nebraska. I was lucky enough to be placed with a host family in Berlin, the so-called “fashion capital” of Germany, and that’s when I began my internship search.

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Reading in German: Some Recommendations

IMG_7347-620x413Looking for something to read…auf Deutsch?  Here are a few suggestions from our resident obsessive reader.

Finnisches Feuer by Johanna Sinisalo

Finnisches Feuer—for the English speakers, Finnish Fire—was originally published in 2013 under the Finnish title Auringon Ydin.  In 2014, it was translated into German by Stefan Moster, published by Tropen Roman, and a great big deal was made of it at the Frankfurt Book Fair.  However, it has never been translated into English.  Well, somebody really should get on that.  Sinisalo is a writer I want to see more of, and oh how I would love to be able to discuss this book with my English-speaking book nerd friends.  Just look at all the things on her bibliography!  Sinisalo is just one of many (many many many) convincing arguments for getting more translated speculative fiction onto the English-language market.

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Student Life: How Safe Is Studying in Germany?

Photo (cc) Torsten Henning, Link: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Dangerous_surface_signs#mediaviewer/File:D-W015_Warnung_vor_Absturzgefahr_ty.svg

Photo (cc) Torsten Henning, Link: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Dangerous_surface_signs#mediaviewer/File:D-W015_Warnung_vor_Absturzgefahr_ty.svg

I came into this world during the height of the American crime epidemic. Fortunately, much has changed in my home country during my lifetime. The ’90s saw the historic reversal of the crime wave of the ’70s and ’80s, followed by the return to post-war crime rates in the 2000s. But, while America is a much safer country than it was when I was born, many people have been scarred by the experience of growing up in a very violent country, and, as a result, a question has become commonplace for many before a move to a new town: “Where shouldn’t I go”?

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One Year in Berlin: A Short Trip to Munich

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Last week I flew to Munich for three days with the rest of the BCGS group. It was the first extended trip I’ve made outside of Berlin since I first arrived in September. Despite the bitter Bavarian cold, I’m happy to say I enjoyed my visit.

Unlike Berlin, which was more or less destroyed during the war, Munich has managed to retain a more antiquated feel. Many old and beautiful buildings still stand, as we experienced during a walking tour through the central part of the city. Although Munich is certainly more modern than many other towns in southern Germany, it moves at a much slower pace than Berlin.

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