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Travel in Germany: The Loreley am Rhine

by California Globetrotter

Photo copyright J.W. Alker, dpa

Loreley. Photo copyright J.W. Alker, dpa

My real first name is Lorelei. I was named after my mother’s middle name which my grandma had given to my mother. As to where my grandma found the name Lorelei, I have no idea. As to why she gave it to my mom, I also sadly have no idea. However, my father loved my mom’s middle name so much, I was blessed with the unique, very uncommon first name of Lorelei.

It wasn’t until I was in the 8th grade, when I switched from learning Spanish to German, that I learned my name was German and came with a story.  Ever since that moment, every other person upon learning that my real name isn’t just “Lori” but Lorelei, always ask me if I have ever been to, seen, or know of the Loreley am Rhine and the story behind it.

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Welcome to Hamburg: The Migrant Expats Show You the Hansestadt

Every week on the Young Germany Instagram account we feature a different expat in a different German city. Last week we got to know Hamburg via The Migrant Expats. Check out some of their most popular photos and follow us on Instagram to get to know Frankfurt a little better this week!

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100 Interesting Facts About Germany

by California Globetrotter

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

1. Germans are the second biggest beer consumers in the world after the Czechs!

2. Therefore, I need to mention that in Bavaria, beer is considered food.

3. The youngest billionaire in Germany is the German Prince Albert II von Thurn und Taxis right here in Regensburg!

4. At the moment, Germany is Europe’s strongest economy.

5. There are 1,300 breweries in Germany with over 5,000 different variations of beer.

6. During WWI, Germany was the first country to start using Daylight Savings.

7. Apparently, Germany was one of the last countries to ban smoking indoors in restaurants and the workplace because government officials were afraid to imitate Nazi officials who looked down upon smoking.

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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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Why You Will Never Be the Same After Living in Germany

by California Globetrotter

Copyright dpa

Copyright dpa

1. No Beer Festival Will Ever Compare

Admit it, Germans know how to do Beer festivals better than anyone else in the world! After going to Oktoberfest or any other beer festival in Germany, all others will seem boring compared to that time you went to Dult!

2. Schloss Neuschwanstein will make you feel like a Disney Princess

There aren’t many castles that compare to the magnitude of beauty that inspired Walt Disney to add the image of the castle before every Disney movie. All your dreams will come true here!

3. Once you go German beer, there is no going back to American beer

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