Category Archives: Germany

5 Myths About Germany

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Ah, Germany! The economic powerhouse of the EU! A shining beacon of hope in a world that’s gone mad! More and more, the world turns to Berlin (and Munich and Hamburg and even Düsseldorf) as a sign of stability in uncertain times. Quality of life is high, employment is steadily rising, and the lessons of history have been well learned. However, as one starts to examine what exactly makes the German system work, they come face to face with some rather inaccurate stereotypes. So in order for you, dear reader, to truly understand what it’s like here, I offer the truth I have personally uncovered regarding 5 Myths About Germany.

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Your German Easter Schedule

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If there’s one thing Germany knows, it’s the importance of holidays. On these “Feiertagen” you might mistake what used to be a busy Altstadt street for a set off the newest season of “The Walking Dead: Europe” (might even find a few Walkers/drunks, depending on the holiday!). But when it’s Easter- the country basically shuts down for four days. So what can you do as a poor foreigner looking for something to ease the boredom? Read on!

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Karneval Bingo Card

HELAAAAAU! It’s everyone’s favorite time of year- Karneval! A time of costumes, candy, and booze which lasts only a few days (but really feels like weeks in the morning). And while some people might think of it as “German Halloween”, it’s just so, so much more. So in order to truly appreciate the experience, here’s a bingo card for you to print and mark while experiencing the merriment! Pro tip- laminate it so you can use it next year/easily wipe off vomit.

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German Deliveries: A Guide for Expats

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There’s one thing that I’ve learned to love while living in Germany: Amazon.de and its English option. Instead of wandering throughout random stores and having some less than satisfactory experiences, all I need to do is point, click, and pray to God I’ll be home when the package arrives. Because in a country which prides efficiency and order above all else, dealing with deliveries remains a thorny issue*. Think you can handle it? Then take this quiz and see how well you do!

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Modern Endings to German Fairy Tales

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Since the Brother’s Grimm first set forward to collect and share the fantastic stories of various villages and peoples, Germany has been known for its fairy tales. These are legends as old as the country itself. Sadly the Grimm’s aren’t around anymore and are unable to update their classic tales for modern German times. But worry not! After taking a class on German fairy tales at university (no, I’m not joking), I present to you 5 updated endings to the Märchen you know and love.

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George Schorschi’s Guide to German Cuisine: Holiday Edition

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It’s that time again- gather with loved ones, reflect on joys and sorrows of the year, and partake in traditional foods passed down from generation to generation. Or maybe you’re a million miles from home like me and eating canned food by single candle flame as the German winter chips away at your holiday spirit. Either way, food is involved! And since the last article was so popular (the videos not so much), here’s the long awaited follow up with a seasonal twist. So kick back, turn on “Dinner for One”, and enjoy yet another take on German cuisine!

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German Passive Aggression: A Guide for Expats

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Germany is a beautiful country, renowned for its economic prowess and success. Living here as a foreigner has been a true privilege- I have enjoyed many benefits such as sick leave, fantastic vacation plans, clean streets and more. I also realize that such benefits do not come without cost. Indeed, such a wonderful utopia could not exist without strict rules that dictate how society should thrive. And what does any good German* do when they witness an individual violating such a rule? React with passive aggression, of course! But if you’re an immigrant like me and haven’t quite mastered it yet- don’t worry! This handy guide will have you silently seething in no time.
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5 More Haikus About Germany

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After the massive success of my last haiku blog (and because I’m behind on posting new content- read: Pokemon Go), here are a few more haikus about Germany for your enjoyment. Also, in order to set the mood, please play the following video in the background while you read.

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How is Your German Friend Feeling?

Believe it or not, Germans are not generally known for expressing their emotions well. That’s a shame- because lately there’s been a lot of events that may leave you wondering, “How does my German friend feel about this?” To that end I’ve developed a handy guide which should hopefully clear up any confusion you might have. Enjoy!

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5 Haikus About Germany

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The haiku. An elegant form of poetry used to take complex, difficult concepts and break them down into 17 delicate syllables. From Basho to Buson to Pound, the artistic brevity of the haiku has been used to describe many things- and now expat life in Germany. Come, and enjoy the poetic musings of the next haiku master, Schorschi.

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