Nothing says fall for me like chestnuts do. On my way to school as a first grader I filled my pockets with them on crisp October mornings, a habit I continued as an adult. Those were the inedible chestnuts from the horse chestnut tree, Aesculus hippocastanum.
The best moment for me was always taking the chestnuts out of their thick, fleshy burrs and let the cool fruit with a surface like polished mahogany slowly warm in my cusped hand. After a few days the chestnuts lost their luster but how many times until then did I run my fingers over them and marvel at their color before the chestnuts eventually shriveled and hardened and I had to discard them with a heavy heart.
This is a preview of German Cuisine: For the Love of Chestnuts.
Finding your people quickly is key to settling into a new place. Particularly if you are an English-speaking someone who moves to a country with a new language, maybe even on a new continent. The language barrier can make finding your tribe hard. Maybe you can’t figure out what words to google to find the people you think you’d like to hang out with, or maybe you can’t speak “normally” (fluently, or as you would in your native language).
This is a preview of Reading Science Fiction in Germany: Finding Your Tribe.
I’m just going to tell you how it was. This week, we rented a car with three friends from Berlin and went on a little holiday adventure to the Harz. Stories about this stunning part of Germany will follow soon, but on our journey we needed a pit-stop. Basically, I needed a wee. Ahem.
A sign said Magdeburg City was just ahead, so we left the Autobahn and headed into what can only be described as a super ugly town. All the buildings were cement-grey blocks, no trees aligned the streets and there was building work all over the place.
This is a preview of Travel in Germany: How Long to Spend in Magdeburg?.
By chance, I had read about Mühlenplatz in a flier detailing the local sights and a circular bike trail that could bring a body to a number of sights along the Fairy Tale Road. Mühlenplatz is an outdoor museum containing miniature models of many of Germany’s most important castles, buildings, and mills. It sounded slightly weird—in that roadside stop, “See the Biggest Rubberband Ball in the World” kind of way—and looked like the kind of thing I would like taking pictures of and a two-year-old would like running around. Correct on both counts.
Read more about Young Germany’s editor’s trip to the beautiful, beautiful area outside of Kassel one rainy weekend, where she discovered an outdoor park that contains models of all the important castles and mills in Germany RIGHT HERE.
Just when I had thought I had seen everything Kinder Surprise could offer, I spotted this mini egg carton in the aisle of the local supermarket. Oooooh, something new to try! Jason raised his eyebrows as I put it into the shopping basket, but he was quickly reminded it was for our blog research.
It’s a good thing I saw them really. It’s actually better than the real thing! How is this possible I hear you ask? Well… let’s take a look inside.
This is a preview of German Food: What a (Kinder) Surprise.