“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.
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: Gastfreundschaft.
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
This is a preview of Events You Won’t Want to Miss in Berlin This Autumn.
A lion at the Heidelberg Zoo. Photo courtesy A.Herzog.
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.
The Ultimate Guide to German Sausages, Part the First
Brought to you by Frau Dietz on Eating Wiesbaden. “Think of Germany, and many a stereotypical image – probably of beer, Lederhosen and Schnitzel – springs to mind. But there’s another image that probably gets there before the rest, and that’s of a lovingly grilled, mustard-slathered sausage. And not without good reason: the Germans each consume an average of 60kg of sausages per year, some 18kg more than the rest of us (source). Boiled for breakfast, curried for lunch, sliced for supper, there’s almost nothing they won’t do with a Wurst.” Read the entire guide right here.
Literal Translations of German Words
Are almost always hilarious. Itchy Feet’s presentation of these is great. They are right here, waiting for you.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: Sausage, Translation, and Science Fiction.
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.
When you move abroad you go through phases. First you’re in wonder. Everything is different and new and exciting and an adventure! Then the frustration. It’s different and it’s hard and I JUST DON’T LIKE IT. Then, you come to terms with it, make the best of it, and then you’re fully integrated and you’ve passed the culture shock test, right?
I’m of the opinion that no matter how long you live in a place, there will always be things that drive you crazy about it (this can also be said of “back home” too, lest you think I’m picking unfairly on good ole Deutschland). I also think that as an expat blogger, I should be honest about what life is really like–ups, downs, and in betweens. I love Germany, but sometimes it irks me. And that’s ok!
This is a preview of Real Expat Life: Things I Won’t Miss About Germany.
Our last day in Berlin, we took my husband’s mom to the Eastside Gallery. She’s an artist, so we figured she’d love the murals painted on old sections of the Berlin Wall. It’s another way Berliners have turned ugly history into something positive.
Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern
During the Cold War, people in West Berlin drew graffiti on their side of the wall, and when the wall came down, artists joined together to create an international memorial for freedom by painting murals on remaining parts of the wall. The Eastside Gallery is one of the world’s largest open air galleries, but it’s had its share of problems. Just this year a developer for luxury apartments destroyed part of the wall to begin construction despite protests, and every year the wall is further damaged by weather and vandalism.
This is a preview of Take a Look: Berlin’s Eastside Gallery.