Tag Archives: Germany

Life in Germany: Valentine’s Day on the Top of the World

by California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy California Globetrotter

Last Valentine’s Day, Hans and I spontaneously at the last minute decided to take a day trip instead of stressing over the pressure of buying the right gift or surprise. We decided to get up super-doooper early (ugh!) and take the train to Zugspitze – Germany’s tallest mountain! We couldn’t have come up with a more enjoyable way to spend our Valentine’s Day together.

The train ride to Garmish-Partenkirchen was absolutely beautiful. I pulled my book out once to read only to put it back a few minutes later because I couldn’t take my eyes off the beautiful snow. Once we got closer, the villages were surrounded by country side covered in snow with lots of little sheds sporadically spread out in the fields.

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Surviving Winter in Germany

by Alie of The Erlangen Expat and Starting Over in Stuttgart

Photo: Public Domain, CARL STEINBEIßER

Photo: Public Domain, CARL STEINBEIßER

I’m British, this might explain my natural acceptance of winter. It’s just a season, one of four and it’s something that is going to happen whether you want it to or not. Every year it comes and goes, sometimes staying longer than expected and sometimes fleeing early, whichever it is there will always be ‘grey days’.

These aren’t metaphorical ‘grey days’, these are actual literal days of unending greyness. The UKs meteorological wonder is drizzle and it seems that ‘grey’ is Germanys. It’s hard to explain, I’m not talking about just cloudy or dull, the world actually looks grey and muted with a kind of temporary filter. Days like these can go on and on, add to that stress at work, homesickness and expat adjustment issues, these grey days can induce the doldrums in the most positive of people.

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Christmas Markets in Erlangen

by Alie of The Erlangen Expat and Starting Over in Stuttgart

Photo: public domain, photographer martin spiske

Photo: public domain, photographer martin spiske

One thing Germany does well is Christmas.

– It’s not so much about the presents but the presence of family and friends

– It’s not so much shop ’til you drop but maintaining an appropriately warming level of Glühwein in your system

– Its not so much rain and more snow (hopefully)

The magic that you felt as a child can definitely be rekindled into a grown up wonder as the Christmas Markets start springing up, practically overnight. However many “German Christmas Markets” you have been to in your home country, all I can say is “you aint seen nothing yet!”

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What to Wear at a German Christmas Market

by Alie of The Erlangen Expat and Starting Over in Stuttgart

Photo public domain Photographer: Martin Spiske

Photo public domain Photographer: Martin Spiske

Now I’m no fashionista but I wish that someone had prepared me for a how cold it could get and how crowded the markets might be. I struggled with getting a balance between warm enough and not unattractively bundled up like an enormous snowman, so I put together some outfit suggestions for days (and evenings) out at the markets. To give you some ideas.

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Can You Study in English in Germany?

Photo (cc) raumrot

Photo (cc) raumrot

Yes, but…

In my time advising students who are interested in coming to Germany to study, I’ve spoken to (well) over one thousand students from every state and several countries. I’ve fielded all kind of questions, but the second most common question students and parents ask me (after “How much does it really cost?”) is definitely, “Can I/my son or daughter study in English?”

This question highlights the single biggest impediment preventing the English-speaking world from truly embracing Germany as a destination for both exchange and full-time studies. Currently, Germany barely breaks into the top ten in the list of most popular destinations for study abroad, and only around 5,000 American students are enrolled in a full time university program in Germany. This number is increasing, but the challenge of learning the German language is an understandably difficult hurdle for many students to overcome.

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A Weekend in Alsace: Bikes and Bunkers

by Sebastian Cuevas

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A little less than a year ago, my good friend Jonas and I set out to bike along a stretch of the Maginot Line, in Alsace. The fortifications of the Maginot Line pepper France’s border with Germany. Further defensive installations were built along the rest of France’s international borders to the East, from the North Sea to the Mediterranean.

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Wordless Wednesday: Travel to Germany

Today’s Wordless Wednesday featured Instagramer is Travel to Germany, who always have stunning pictures from around the countryside. Hashtag your photos with #myyounggermany for a chance to be featured!

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