Germans could win the World Grill Cup

If I said to you barbeque, you’d say to me: America! After all, it is the land of BBQ sauce, rib and steak cook-outs and, oddly enough, a variety of grilled “dogs” – which, I have to confess, I always had the Koreans down for, but whaddya know? Anyway, I’m not the only one [...]

By | June 2nd, 2011|Food, General, Living in Germany, Lost in Deutschland|Comments Off on Germans could win the World Grill Cup

Looking for momentous anniversaries in 2011

In January last year, I wrote the popular theory that, in the twentieth century, important things tended to happen to Germany in years ending in 9 – i.e. the 1919 Versailles Peace Treaty, the 1939 start of the Second World War, the 1949 founding of the Federal Republic and, most recently, the 1989 [...]

Get Weihnachtsmarkted, mate!

The British pub crawl is a much maligned thing. Probably because the word “crawl” implies that the participants are unable to walk between pubs, the pub crawl is generally interpreted by British people as an excuse to get absolutely hammered, and is therefore associated by our European neighbors with nothing more than drunkenness [...]

Du, nenn mich Herr Melican!

After last week’s excursion into the pitfalls of using du and Sie, it quickly became clear from the number of comments that this is a topic of no small interest both to Germans and learners of the language alike. So I thought I’d give you a bit more on the same theme this week. Don’t [...]

Could you be the most beautiful city in the world?

Apart from its reputation for beautiful blond Nordic girls and debauched nightlife, one of the main reasons I moved to Hamburg is the fact that it is, in my view, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. And I’m not alone in holding that opinion, as any visitor to Hamburg will soon realize simply [...]

By | July 15th, 2010|General, Hamburg, Living in Germany, Lost in Deutschland, Travel in Germany|Comments Off on Could you be the most beautiful city in the world?

Enjoying Germany on two wheels

As any of you reading from north of an imaginary line drawn between Cologne and Berlin will agree, Germany is often remarkably flat. The northern half of it is essentially part of a pancake that geographers call “The North European Plain.” To the likes of you and me, this essentially means that, between [...]

By | July 12th, 2010|General, Hamburg, Living in Germany, Lost in Deutschland, Sports in Germany, Travel in Germany|Comments Off on Enjoying Germany on two wheels

I’m a Fußball-Muffel: Get Me Out of Here!

If there’s one thing that those of us who’ve lived in Germany for a while know, it’s that Germans do not do things by halves: Keine halbe Sachen! Germany is kind of like the America of Europe, the country where big is beautiful and where everything is balls to the walls: take the Oktoberfest, for [...]

By | June 23rd, 2010|Football World Cup 2010, Living in Germany, Lost in Deutschland, Sports in Germany|Comments Off on I’m a Fußball-Muffel: Get Me Out of Here!