German Comfort Food

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

“Do you want to come over for plum dumplings?”, I asked my friend Gabriele last week after I found a bag of Italian plums in the freezer that I had bought at a farm stand in late summer specifically to make those dumplings. Of course she said yes. Although she has lived in the United States twice as long as I have, she craves that stuff just as much as I do.

So here we were sitting in the kitchen, blissfully digging in. With this type of food, every forkful brings up memories of mothers and grandmothers in their kitchens who made it for us many miles and many years away. Nostalgia lingers in the air, leaving behind a few sprinkles of homesickness like the cinnamon sugar on our plates.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)
Loading...Loading...

Being the Stranger: On Moving Abroad

by Alie of The Erlangen Expat and Starting Over in Stuttgart

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

When you leave your native home and you arrive in a new country, you become the stranger. It doesn’t matter if you moved 500km or 6000km you are still, and will always be, the stranger.

Now ‘stranger’ to me formerly had negative connotations, I was the kid who had ‘stranger danger’ drummed into me at school, at home and everywhere in between. The stranger is foreign, an alien, one not the same as the rest of ‘us’. I’m not saying that I’m a conformist or anything but in the UK I was never the stranger (maybe a little strange) but definitely not the stranger.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)
Loading...Loading...

One Year in Berlin: Being in Germany on May 1 and Games in the Park

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

For decades the first of May has been known as an International Worker’s Day all over the globe. In many countries, such as Germany, it’s a federal holiday during which demonstrations (usually peaceful) are held in support of the labor movement.

However, May 1st (known in Germany as “Erster Mai”) holds a somewhat special significance in Berlin. Since the late 80s extreme left organizations have organized protests in districts of the city such as Kreuzberg during which riots have unfortunately broken out, leading to violence and police intervention. In more recent history extreme right groups have also proven to become hostile in the streets of the capital city. The violence has thankfully declined in the past few years, but we were nevertheless all warned by our program director to be wary in certain neighborhoods.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)
Loading...Loading...

The Week in Germany: Potatoes, Wild Horses, Spring, & Kidnapped Brides

Photo: Death to Stock Photos

Photo: Death to Stock Photos

Who wants to be a Hausfrau?

Not the blogger behind Expat Eye on Germany.  She has an amsuing story to tell about negotiating cleaning duties with her two German flatmates here.

The wild horses of Germany

Really.  Germany has wild horses.  You can visit them.  Das Blog talks all about it right here.

You say potato…

German food includes a LOT of potatoes.  So this week A Sausage Has Two has a guide to buying the perfect potato for every dish here.

Kidnapping German brides

What a weird German wedding tradition.

How to greet spring’s arrival by a German

Liv Hambrett will tell you how here.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)
Loading...Loading...

Ten German Love Songs

Songs can help language learners master a new language. But what about the language of love? These ten songs should help you with both.

Which song is your favorite? Is there a German love song we should have included on the list? Tell us in the comments!

Liebe by Sido

Für immer Immer by Fettes Brot

Liebe ist alles by Rosenstolz

Ich werde dich lieben by Rio Reiser

Weil es Liebe ist by 2RaumWohnung

Tag am Meer by Die Fantastischen Vier

Weus’d A Herz Hast Wia A Bergwerk by Rainhard Fendrich

Wenn das Liebe ist by Glashaus

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)
Loading...Loading...