Category Archives: Living in Germany

Reading in German: A Blog Hop and a Read Along

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

So guys.  This week in Frankfurt books are taking over the city.  Book Fair Week.  It’s my absolute favorite.  To celebrate, this month’s blog hop is all about books and reading (or trying to) in German and in Germany.  There are several ways to join in, so gather ’round and listen up.

Firstly, you can write a post about reading in German.  So this could be a book review of a German book, or the tragic tale of your attempts to read something more complex than See Spot Run.  It could be a rant about finding English-language books in German book stores. (Or, you know, about how the covers are printed in the opposite direction of English books, thus RUINING YOUR ENTIRE BOOKSHELF. Ehem.)  It could even be a story about trying to make a recipe from a German cook book.  If a book or reading is involved, we’re game.

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Travel Germany: Hamburg in a Weekend

by Vanessa Abel

Photo courtesy Leather & Abel

Hamburger-a-gogo

So, here is a round-up of everything to do in Hamburg. The only thing we didn’t find is cheesecake that’s worth writing about… I guess we will have to go again ;)

If you can manage to time it right and get to Hamburg for the Hafenfest you are in for a treat. It’s the biggest port festival in the world and the boats even dance ballet. Yes, you read that correctly, the boats dance together. You have to see it to believe it. You might even come across the Titanic!

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Reading Science Fiction in Germany: Finding Your Tribe

Dortmund SF Convention Logo

Finding your people quickly is key to settling into a new place. Particularly if you are an English-speaking someone who moves to a country with a new language, maybe even on a new continent. The language barrier can make finding your tribe hard. Maybe you can’t figure out what words to google to find the people you think you’d like to hang out with, or maybe you can’t speak “normally” (fluently, or as you would in your native language).

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German Food: What a (Kinder) Surprise

by Vanessa Abel

Photo courtesy Leather & AbelToo good to be true?

Just when I had thought I had seen everything Kinder Surprise could offer, I spotted this mini egg carton in the aisle of the local supermarket. Oooooh, something new to try! Jason raised his eyebrows as I put it into the shopping basket, but he was quickly reminded it was for our blog research.

It’s a good thing I saw them really. It’s actually better than the real thing! How is this possible I hear you ask? Well… let’s take a look inside.

Photo courtesy Leather & Abel

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A Trip to Dresden: The Angels

by Vanessa Abel

Photo courtesy Leather & AbelWe only had very little time so we rushed into the museum and ran around all the floors. If you are properly into art, then I’m sure you would love it. But we were rushed for time and there was mulled wine to be had! So, if you are fan of the little angels, then pop into this place quickly and see them. If you are a general lover of art, you can easily spend a couple of hours here. Otherwise, I guess (and don’t hate me for saying this please, but…) it’s just an art gallery. Instead of paying a huge price to go inside, I would wander around the outside and see grounds, as they are free and pretty magnificent.

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Expat Bloggers Blog Hop: Travel in Germany

Hiking in Garmisch.  Photo (cc) flickr user hoosadork

Hiking in Garmisch. Photo (cc) flickr user hoosadork

At long last the blog hop arrives at my favorite subject: travel. Have you traveled in Germany?  Have you blogged about things to see in the town where you live?  Then you can add a link to your post in the linky tool below, and we can all drool over each other’s photographs.

What is a blog hop and how do I join?

A blog hop is a way to collect links for blogs on a similar topic, to make it easy to find other bloggers and to get conversation started.  So you write a post talking about travel in Germany, or find an older post in which you talk about the same.  Then you add your link using the tool below.

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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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