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) 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 | August 4th, 2014|Current Events, General, Travel in Germany|1 Comment

Wordless Wednesday: An Almost-Forgotten Tradition

Johannesreiten at the Johannesfest in Brandenburg. Photo copyright dpa

By | July 30th, 2014|General, German Culture|Comments Off on Wordless Wednesday: An Almost-Forgotten Tradition

Living in Germany: Schein und Sein

Photo copyright dpa You know the feeling: to you, your room is sufficiently tidy, your friends can pop by, there's a few bits and pieces floating around, but generally speaking, it's grand. Then you've got a guest coming to stay, and suddenly the mirror needs to be polished, the books on the shelf [...]

By | January 30th, 2014|Expat Life, General, German Culture, Living in Germany|Comments Off on Living in Germany: Schein und Sein

Living in Germany: Supermarkets and Sprudelwasser

"Sprudelwasser." Photo copyright dpa The novelty of Germany has worn off, but not in a bad way. I've just gotten used to it, and I don't notice the cultural differences anymore. Things that were once very foreign to me are now second nature, I'm conforming to "their" ways, and next thing you know [...]

By | January 2nd, 2014|Expat Life, General, Living in Germany|Comments Off on Living in Germany: Supermarkets and Sprudelwasser

Becoming German

Photo copyright dpa Liv Hambrett is an Australian expat living in Germany.  Visit her blog, follow her on twitter, or buy a copy of Sincere Forms of Flattery, an anthology that includes her work. In between noticing an awful lot about my adopted country-fellows, I seem to have taken on several of their [...]

By | December 23rd, 2013|Expat Life, General, German Culture, Living in Germany|Comments Off on Becoming German

Party Like a German

Photo copyright Liv Hambrett Liv Hambrett is an Australian expat living in Germany.  Visit her blog, follow her on twitter, or buy a copy of Sincere Forms of Flattery, an anthology that includes her work. This weekend brought with it a series of reminders that, in case I had forgotten or indeed been [...]

By | December 9th, 2013|Expat Life, General, German Culture, Lost in Deutschland|Comments Off on Party Like a German

Living in Germany: Sunlight? What sunlight?

Photo copyright Liv Hambrett Liv Hambrett is an Australian expat living in Germany.  Visit her blog, follow her on twitter, or buy a copy of Sincere Forms of Flattery, an anthology that includes her work. I used to think Germans behaved strangely in the sun (their manner suspicious, vaguely panicky, a little startled) [...]

By | December 2nd, 2013|Expat Life, General, German Culture, Living in Germany|Comments Off on Living in Germany: Sunlight? What sunlight?