Good morning and happy Friday, readers! I’ve been away for a few weeks, so there was a lot to catch up on. This is more like a month in Germany than a week, but there you have it. Lots of good stuff was happening on the internet while I was away. Here are my favorite links from around the expat web:
How to Do Graduate School in Germany
Thinking about adding a “Dr” to your title? Want to do it in Germany? The blogger behind Nine and ninety nine has some advice and information about the process right here.
Did you know Germans make whiskey?
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: Graduate School, German Whisky, and Summer Trips.
Hiking in Garmisch. Photo (cc) flickr user hoosadork
At long last the blog hop arrives at my favorite subject: travel. Have you traveled in Germany? Have you blogged about things to see in the town where you live? Then you can add a link to your post in the linky tool below, and we can all drool over each other’s photographs.
What is a blog hop and how do I join?
A blog hop is a way to collect links for blogs on a similar topic, to make it easy to find other bloggers and to get conversation started. So you write a post talking about travel in Germany, or find an older post in which you talk about the same. Then you add your link using the tool below.
This is a preview of Expat Bloggers Blog Hop: Travel in 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.
Even though Oktoberfest has worldwide recognition, every town in Germany pretty much has their own own beer or wine festival. In Erlangen, the Bergkirchweih (Berg for short or Berch in Franconian), is an outdoor event that lasts for about two weeks.
If the weather is nice, it’s great to spend the evening outside, drinking beer and dancing on tables. That’s right. Conservative, standing and waiting for the green light to cross at 2 a.m., law-abiding, yelling at you for not following the rules Germans. All up on the benches, dancing to Schlager music and American oldies that my parents jam to… surfing USA… inside outside USA… (breaks into old school dance while singing song out loud).
This is a preview of Auf dem Berch! (A German Beer Festival).
Have you ever heard of Neuschwanstein Castle aka the Sleeping Beauty castle? This lovely castle, approximately 1.5 hours south of Munich is arguably the most famous castle in Germany. It was also Walt Disney’s inspiration for creating Sleeping Beauty’s castle. I was eagerly awaiting this trip, especially with all the hype surrounding the castle.
We decided to go in the winter to avoid the crowds and sweltering heat, and thought it would be more picturesque. The only thing to remember is that Mary’s bridge is closed during the winter because it’s too dangerous. We saw people making their way past the sign and crossing the bridge, but I don’t regret missing this opportunity. Overall, going in the winter was the right decision. The fresh layer of snow added a romantic back up to the two castles. Did I not mention there’s another castle within walking distance?
This is a preview of Disney’s Inspiration: Neuschwanstein Castle.
What is the best way to travel? It’s something most people ask themselves before going away, then again some people don’t. Speaking from experience blindly pointing your finger at a map and getting someone else to organise everything also works well. There is even a website called “German Wings Blind Booking”, that will give you an inexpensive ticket to a magical surprise destination; this too is brilliant.
This is a preview of Germany on a Shoe String: Travel Tips.