The Germans succeed every time in capturing, in one word, each and every airy-fairy emotion I’ve ever experienced and been unable to describe in less than three full sentences.
This time it’s Schwellenangst, meaning a fear of crossing thresholds, if we were to take it at face value. On a deeper level, Schwellenangst is a fear of crossing a line, a border, or a threshold; entering into a new phase in life.
This isn’t the first time I’ve felt this way, and it certainly won’t be the last but coming home from Erasmus, going back to “normal” university, entering final year, and trying to make decisions for the rest of my life has been a lot to deal with.
Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga show returns as the ‘Awesome Foursome’ are reunited to record Germany’s premier football podcast! Pod host James Thorogood is joined on the mics by Jon, Bernie (and bronzed) Alex in the comfort of Handcock’s hollow.
Did Hamburger SV have a ‘Slomkaover’ that saw off Borussia Dortmund? Were 1. FC Nürnberg were involved in the game of the season against Eintracht Braunschweig? How pivotal will Leverkusen and Schalke’s dropped points prove in the race for European qualification? What’s going on with FC Augsburg and will FC Bayern München’s Philipp Lahm ever be a right-back again?!
We also talk mid-table results, relegation scraps and just how fantastic the Bundesliga really is!
This is a preview of German Bundesliga Podcast: Matchday 22 + UCL Preview.
So many times I think to myself, “Wow, I would’ve never done that, tried that, seen that, had I not moved to Germany”. I’m quite sure if you are a fellow expat, you’ve also had these thoughts.
Food can be a big cultural difference and only further exacerbating that culture shock you feel when you move to a new country. While other countries may have similar things, they are typically different in their own way. Think, pizza. How many different styles of pizza can you think of? Exactly.
Aside from beer and bratwurst, Germany has so many other delicacies to offer. Here are five that were new for me:
This is a preview of Expat Life: Five Things I Never Would Have Eaten If I Hadn’t Moved to Germany.
„Crossing barriers-striving for harmony“ is a YCBS project in the frame of which students cross barriers during one week in Berlin using microphone. The youngsters interview people from different cultural and professional backgrounds, living in various districts. The project participants themselves have interesting backgrounds. Petko is a student from Sofia attending the Hebrew- and English School and making radio in his spare time. Orhan is a student from the Herbert-Hoover-School in Berlin and is bilingual in Turkish and in German and he is interested in business. Andrew is a student from Derry, Northen Ireland, planning to continue his education at an university in Scottland. Cordt von Oven is teaching the students from Herbert-Hoover-School in Berlin in the subjects French and Music, he plays a guittark and sings jazz songs.
This is a preview of Youth Connected by Sounds Podcast: Crossing Barriers and Striving for Harmony.
This is old, but it is awesome: An open letter from Berlin to all the people who can’t stop talking about it.
“It’s me, your old buddy Berlin! You may remember me from such important historical moments as “American president calls himself a donut”, “here come the Russians” and “black man outruns white men to the annoyance of other white men”. Yeah, that’s right, Berlin! Brandenburg’s noisy neighbour…
“How are you? What have you been up to lately? Doing a lot of those fun human things? Arguing with your neighbours? Being cruelly overlooked for promotions by your idiot of a boss? Making selfies? I bet you have. You little cute, mobile, fun bag.” Read the rest of the letter, penned by Adam Fletcher, here.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: German Movie Ratings, Comedy, and Berlin.
Leaving an Erasmus year can feel a bit like getting off of a roller coaster. Photo copyright dpa
Some call it Post-Erasmus-Depression, I wouldn’t go quite so far. Post-Rollercoaster-Syndrome perhaps?
You know the feeling, you’ve just been on a rollercoaster, adrenaline is pumping through your veins, and you’re not quite ready to get off, maybe you could go again. That’s kind of how I feel about Erasmus.
It was a whirlwind of a year. I’m home one month and two days now and readjusting nicely to normal life. Nothing has changed and everything is different. While abroad I slightly forgot that life was still going on here without me. Even now life is still going on, and I have to find my place once more.
This is a preview of Life After Erasmus: Coming Off the Rollercoaster.