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).
This is a preview of Living in Germany: Dressing Up.
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.
This is a preview of German Cuisine: Why Marlene Dietrich Disliked Rutabagas.
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
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.
This is a preview of Take a Look: Berlin’s Eastside Gallery.
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)
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)
Today we are happy to welcome Nadia Hassani to Young Germany. Nadia loves German cuisine and is the author of the book Spoonfuls of Germany. You can find out more about her here. You can find her blogging about German food (with gorgeous photos) on Spoonfuls of Germany.
If there is one thing I regret I did not do while I was still living in Germany, it is that I did not see more of the world behind the Iron Curtain that opened up after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. I spent a good amount of time in Berlin in 1991, and I am glad I did because at least I got a glimpse how East Berlin had looked under communist rule.
This is a preview of German Cuisine: Looking East.