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The Week in Germany: The Berlin Wall Is Back, Neukölln Guide, Halloween, and Some Other Stuff

Kloster Eberbach. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Kloster Eberbach. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

The Berlin Wall is going back up.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its fall, the Berlin Wall is going back up…in the form of glowing, balloon-like orbs.  It is going to be a gorgeous memorial, a visual haunting by the wall’s ghost.  Read more about it on Fotostrasse.

A haunted house to complete your Halloween.

Over at Abandoned Berlin you can creep yourself out with photos of a building where Nazi uniforms were made.  I hear there is exciting news brewing over at Abandoned Berlin as well…but more on that later.  Go look at this spooky place right here.

Is Neukölln the coolest neighborhood in Berlin?

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Living in Germany: On German Directness

Photo copyright dpa

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.

Often here, misunderstandings occur not so much as a result of linguistic fumbling, but because of a certain scale of directness, at the opposing ends of which sit my own heritage and my adopted home. How I react, disagree, say yes, make conversation, how I oil the cogs of social interaction, how I try to translate little phrases from English to German, the ones that mark certain points in a conversation … it all comes from my own socio-cultural norms, ones that tend to sit if not in direct opposition to the German ones, then at least somewhere on the other side of the fence.

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Party Like a German

Photo copyright Liv Hambrett

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 so desensitised to the cultural quirks of this glorious country they ceased to have an effect, I am indeed in Germany. That happens, occasionally. A situation arises, a conversation is had, a premise wandered into and one is reminded of the essence of this place that has become the norm and the fact that the essence can in fact be delightfully strange.

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Expat Life: Getting Settled

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Everyone settles into life in a new country at a different rate.  Some are immediately at home, while others never feel completely comfortable.  Homesickness, awkwardness, loneliness: they all are parts of the expat experience to a greater or lesser degree.  But fitting in is too.  You might surprise yourself.

I have been in Germany for eight years now, but it has only been in the last few years that I have been noticing the telltale signs of “German-ification.”  Though I have felt at home in Germany for many years more, it seems my transition into this culture is now complete.  How did I know?  Well…

You know you’ve been in Germany too long when

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The Week in Germany: Spargel Season, Stuttgart, and Secrets

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Photo copyright dpy/picture alliance

Dirndls and beer

Expat blogger “ifs ands and butts” visits a dirndled, beer-filled celebration in Stuttgart.  More pictures and words here.

“Want the German beerfest experience without the hellacious task of finding a seat at Oktoberfest? Well, you’re in luck. There is actually another magical land where you people gather in traditional German tracht by the thousands, drink beer out of a Maß, and sing and dance to German party bands; it’s called the Wasen.”

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Photo copyright dpa/picture alliance

The Euro blues

Newsflash, not everyone is in love with the euro:

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Grandparenting Bilingual Children in Germany

Workingberlinmum's bilingual boy.  Photo copyright workingberlinmum

Workingberlinmum’s bilingual boy. Photo copyright workingberlinmum

Sarah of workingberlinmum is an expat from the UK who has made Berlin her home.  She blogs regularly about what it’s like to raise children abroad and away from family, raising bilingual children, single parenthood, kids crafts and fashions, and more.  Today she’s joining us on Young Germany to talk about her experiences raising bilingual children and what that can be like for grandparents who only speak one of the child’s languages.  Welcome Sarah! 

As the title of this post says, it must be tough being a grandparent to a bilingual child. It of course depends on whether the grandparent speaks the child’s dominant language or not, but if they don’t, they face a lot of challenges communicating with their grandchild.

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The Week in Germany: Castle for Sale

Photo (cc) flickr user Leo Reynolds

Photo (cc) flickr user Leo Reynolds

Funding for archaeology cut.  Historical documentation to suffer.

“With Roman settlements along the River Rhine and as the region where Neanderthals were discovered, and thus named after, NRW has long been a source of learning about our predecessors.

“But this could soon die out, as the Der Spiegel news magazine reported on Thursday that the state government plans to cut its funding each year until 2015, when there will be nothing left at all. ”  You can read the rest of the article here.

Photo (cc) flickr user Leo Reynolds

Photo (cc) flickr user Leo Reynolds

Why Berlin?  That’s why.

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