This week the ball is in your court: Your faithful YG Editor is off on vacation and won’t be around to comb the blogs for the most interesting Germany-related posts to share here. Instead, I hoped that you all might tell me what the week’s best was: Just add a link in the comments if you’ve read an interesting blog or news post about Germany this week. I look forward to catching up with them all when I get back. And have a great weekend!
by Nadia Hassani
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.
by Ian Schneider, @EN541
Well what a finale that was! It was a thoroughly exciting final game between Argentina and Germany, with either side looking like they could take the trophy home at any minute. I also found this final game was much better and more exciting than the 2010 final between Spain and the Netherlands, which is something I was worried about. Fortunately however, both teams attacked aggressively and there were lots of great plays on both sides.
by Yuri Damasceno
Germany won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. No matter how brilliant, it’s already old news and there isn’t much one can say that hasn’t already been said in the media and social networks. But more than winning the World Cup, Germany has accomplished a much more difficult task while making it look like easy game: they have conquered Brazilian hearts (and that was way before the heartbreaking 7X1).
Ever since their arrival in Salvador (the capital of the Brazilian state, Bahia) the German squad spread niceness and charisma wherever they went. Neuer and Schweinsteiger wore the uniform and sang the hymn of the local team Bahia and put smiles on the faces of local citizens (even the ones that don’t cheer for Bahia). Podolski and, the usual nice guy, Schweinsteiger, also wore the uniform of the most popular team in Brazil, Flamengo (from Rio de Janeiro). Many German players posted messages in Portuguese to the locals in an attempt to socialize with them (and also in person on beaches and streets of Brazil).
Forget the news about efficiency, debt bailout packages, Oktoberfest records and NSA phone-tapping – Germany really is just one big fairytale.
Like many young girls, I grew up reading and was read the classical fairy tales from The Brothers Grimm (Die Gebrüder Grimm) and Hans Christian Andersen. Yes very cliched, but just for the record – Rapunzel, The Princess and the Pea and Snow White were my favourites.
Little did I know that decades later I would live amongst the settings and inspiration of my childhood fantasies. Since moving, I have managed to prance around the royal gardens and courtyards of some (or, lets say a handful) of Germany’s many palaces and castles.
by Jessica Barra, @JessieBarra
At the moment Brazil lost Neymar, the supporters started to say that everything was lost, how could we plan to get in the final without our best player. Thiago Silva would also miss the game.
Despite the young age Neymar already hold on his shoulders a huge weight full of 200 millions of hope in this World Cup. It’s true, there are another players to share the pressure. But after what happened yesterday maybe the team, and mainly their confidence has depended too much on him.