Tag Archives: Living in Germany

One Year in Berlin: Stasi Gefängnis

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Yesterday I visited the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen). I’m currently auditing a B 2.2 language course to sharpen my German skills, and one of our assignments for this week was to visit a memorial in Berlin and write up an account of our general impressions. Among the list of possible locations were the Holocaust Memorial, Jewish Museum, and Checkpoint Charlie, all of which are relatively central and have become rather touristy in recent years. Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, however, is in north-east Berlin in a more-or-less uninteresting part of town. If the name sounds unfamiliar, I had no idea what it was either until very recently.

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One Year in Berlin: Guerilla Knitting

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Things seem to be simmering down now, but lately relations between Germany and the U.S. have been less than perfect. I’m not sure about the media coverage back home, but here every newspaper is filled with headlines about the NSA affair that’s taken the world by storm.

Luckily tensions aren’t running too high in my apartment. In fact, last week my landlady, Renate seemed much more concerned with a local project that she’s been working on for the last fews years. Allow me to explain.

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

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One Year in Berlin: A Visit From the Eltern

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

My parents came to visit me last week and even though they only stayed for a few days, I know we all had a nice time together in Berlin. The day they arrived just happened to coincide with my final exam for the BCGS 6-week German course, so it definitely proved to be a tiring afternoon.

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Student Accommodation in Germany: Kitchen Catastrophes

by Jay Malone

Photo copyright  Kai Remmers, dpa

Photo copyright Kai Remmers, dpa

I moved to Germany to study for my Master’s degree around three years ago, and I enjoyed it so much that I convinced my friend Phil to enroll at the University of Siegen last year. When he arrived, he stayed with me in my WG until he found his own place, which he thought was perfect. It wasn’t until he signed the lease that we saw the truly dark side of the German apartment world and the horrors that can lie in German kitchens.

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One Year in Berlin: Gastfreundschaft

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

“To mistreat a guest they consider to be a crime. They protect from injury those who have come among them for any purpose whatever, and regard them as sacred.” – Julius Caesar on the Germans (c. 51 BCE)

Germany has likely seen some changes since Caesar last visited, but I’d be willing to wager that his comments on German hospitality would remain virtually the same today. I’ve been in Berlin for less than a week now and already I’m beginning to feel at home.

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Events You Won’t Want to Miss in Berlin This Autumn

by Marta Lopez

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

Surrounded by hundreds of creative industries and cultural institutions, Berlin is one of those cities where there is always something left to watch, visit and feel. This autumn brings an important event to the cultural calendar: The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Therefore those who fancy a cultural trip to the German capital will be in luck. Art, cinema and photography will be some of the highlights of the season.

“Magic Rooms & Contemplatio”: The Art of Contemplation

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The Week in Germany: Berlin Movies, Blogger Meet-Ups, Cash, and Oktoberfest (of Course)

A lion at the Heidelberg Zoo. Photo courtesy A.Herzog.

A lion at the Heidelberg Zoo. Photo courtesy A.Herzog.

It’s Oktoberfest!

So you probably need advice about buying Lederhosen and Dirndls. (From The Rococo Roamer and Germany, Ja, respectively.)  The second post is meant to be Kaiserslautern specific, but I’m sure you’ll manage to glean some general tips from it as well.

Netflix has come to Germany!

Which has a lot of American expats pretty excited.  Everybody else doesn’t really seem to care.  There are plenty of streaming options already.  But behold! überlin has compiled a list of Berlin-ish things that you can watch on it once you sign up.  (Or somewhere else.)

Why do Germans always pay with cash?

I was amused by Observing Herman’s answer.

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