The Week in Germany: Berlin, Hamburg, Summertime, Etc

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

It has been very hot so you should probably go swimming in Berlin.

Maybe at Strandbad Wannsee. Or at Sacrower See. Or maybe go stand-up paddle boarding. The options sound pretty much endless. It’s no Venice, but in its way, Berlin is a water city.

Meanwhile, everybody is talking about Wedding.

The New York Times say its the next big thing, whatever that even means any more.  If you’d like to find out for yourself, Slow Travel Berlin offer a Wedding tour that you should probably take.

Or you could just ignore Berlin and go to Hamburg.

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Expat Life: How I Found Love and Life in Germany

by California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy California Globetrotter

The mountains were covered in glistening white snow and the sun was shining so brightly, I had to raise my hand to block out the sun in order to take in the breathtaking views.

I was bundled up in my frilly pink pea coat and my favorite little black dress plus two scarfs. As the powerful mountain winds blew I turtled my head back inside my scarf and turned against the wind. Looking out towards Hans and laughing against the bitter cold that was pushing us backwards, we reached out for one another. We held on to each other and cussed under our breath how cold it was as we braced ourselves for the next gust of bitter wind. I kissed his lips only to feel the shock of coldness lingering on his lips and I stood there in his arms and thought how lucky I am to have found him.

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Expat Life in Berlin in Pictures with Sole Satisfaction

This week on Young Germany’s Instagram account, we’ve got an insider look into expat life in Berlin with photos from Kate of Sole Satisfaction.  Her photos will make you wish you lived there too…so come on over and follow along. Check out a few examples of her lovely photos, every one a story:

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Beijing, #180sec

With One Another – Against One Another: 180 Seconds Beijing

Jian Yi films with a thermal imaging camera and so portrays his city, Beijing, through the temperature of its inhabitants: they keep one another warm in the metropolis of twenty million. But all too often the city becomes too warm for the individual, and his wishes the crowds around him would go to hell. And just then the telephone rings. It is … a junk call; an anonymous voice wants to sell the director Jian Yi insurance.

Click on the image to start the video

Click on the image to start the video

More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

 

 

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The Week in Germany: Urban Tenting, Grade Conversion, Black Forest Trifle

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

Letters From Berlin

“I first visited Berlin in the spring of 2008 when I stayed with a friend in Kreuzberg. As we roamed the city, we bumped into people he knew at every turn, even though he had only been living there a few months. A vegan poet cooked us dinner, we rode the U-Bahn without paying, we went to a party in an abandoned warehouse where one of the musicians was, by coincidence, someone I had met the day before in a bookshop. I found all of this unbelievably cool. In Berlin, I felt unbelievably cool. Yes, it was grey and gritty, but there was space, it was cheap, the cafés were filled with unemployed creatives from around the world and a glass of wine was only 1.50 euros.” Read more.

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20 Reasons to Travel in Your 20s

by California Globetrotter

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

“Your 20s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects if you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.” – Kyoko Escamilia

1. To Find Yourself – Nothing will teach you more about yourself than learning to survive on your own. You’re not that tweeny 18-year-old anymore, but you’re definitely not the 40 something year old sitting on a couch!

2. Freedom – you will experience more freedom to have the world at your fingertips and not feeling controlled by your parents anymore!

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