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The Week in Germany: Help With a Residency Permit, Castles, Moving Tips

Alpenmurmeltier. Photo copyright dpa

Alpenmurmeltier. Photo copyright dpa

I can’t get enough of the castles.  Germany is fairytale country.

“In addition to being a place of immense beauty, Baden-Württemberg is home to the Hohenzollern Castle, the former seat of the House of Hohenzollern. This intimidating and majestic castle is in the Swabian Alps, near the town of Bisingen, and is perched on top of a mountain.”  Read the entire blog post here.

Geek Mädel will help you with that permanent residency permit.

It will take some paperwork (I should know, I’ve been through the process too), but it isn’t impossible.  And with a little advice, you’ll kick its ehem.  Now click here to get to the good advice.

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Rebecca Culverhouse: A British Filmmaker in Berlin

by Vanessa Abel of Leather and Abel

Rebecca Culverhouse. Photo courtesy Leather and Abel

Rebecca Culverhouse. Photo courtesy Leather and Abel

Rebecca Culverhouse is a nomadic British filmmaker who has made films in Japan, the UK and Germany. Currently based in Berlin, she is writing the script for her first feature film, which is based on a short Japanese drama shot in the Tohoku area before the great earthquake of 2011.

L&A: What kind of films do you make?

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Destination Germany: Sailing in Brandenburg

When you think about summer vacation and water sports in Germany, you probably think about the North Sea, or the Baltic Sea.

Sailing in Brandenburg (dpa)

Sailing in Brandenburg (dpa)

But there’s a wealth of water sports right at the outskirts of Berlin: there are 3,000 lakes to swim in and lots of ways to explore Brandenburg’s waterways by boat – even with an old sailing yacht.
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Berlin Fashion Week July 2014 – Day 3

Berlin will again show its ‘green-fashion’ side this season introducing the newest trends and discussing current questions revolving around ecological design. Among this week’s eco-shows are: GREENshowroom and the Ethical Fashion Show as well as the fashion shows for Fashionistas Showfloor Berlin and Lavera Showfloor.

The Showroom Days take place in various locations, largely as public events, for everyone interested in fashion.

dimitri (Foto: Cosima Scholz für styleranking.de)

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dimitri (Foto: Cosima Scholz für styleranking.de)

The highlights from July 08-13, 2014  are brought to you by styleranking.de

 

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Take a Look: Day at the Berliner Dom

by Shannon Miller

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

A while back we got a four-day weekend. Since it was our last four day during our time in Europe, we wondered how we should spend it. Somewhere exotic? Somewhere warm? Somewhere crazy?

And finally we just looked at each other and just knew. Let’s go to Berlin.

We had a fabulous weekend in Berlin, full of things I always meant to do but never actually did.

Top of the list? The Berliner Dom!

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

It was chilly, but we bundled up and headed over to the Berliner Dom to check it off our list.

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Stolperstein: History on the Pavement

by Shannon Miller

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

I remember the first time I saw a Stolperstein, or “Stumble Stone” during my first trip to Berlin. As my German friend led me around the city on a chilly tour of the sights, he stopped in front of this small brass square and explained its significance. A sober reminder of dark days in human history.

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Stolperstein is the name given to these small memorials to victims of the Holocaust. While most of them commemorate Jewish victims, they can really be for anyone victimized by the Nazis–gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, communists, etc. Though most of the stones record the person’s date and place of death, we did see a few that noted they survived the Holocaust. Some had only question marks after the name.

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Graffiti vs Street Art at Berlin’s East Side Gallery

by Ailie Hansen

Berlin's East Side Gallery.  Photo copyright dpa

Berlin’s East Side Gallery. Photo copyright dpa

Actually yep there is a difference.

Yesterday I went to look at the East side gallery, with the expectation that it would look exactly the same as it looked in 2009 when I visited it while living in Emden on exchange. What I didn’t realise was that although the wall came down in 1989, the East Side Gallery was only established in 2009, which meant when I saw it in 2009 it was beautiful and fresh, full of masterpieces “street art”.

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