After an almost 24 hours long journey in which I traveled around 4450 miles, crossed the Atlantic Ocean and landed in a 9-hours different time zone, I arrived here in Salem, Oregon. That was on the 22nd of August last year – almost 9 months ago. Having only a blurry picture of what I imagined American […]
In German we have the proverb “Kleider machen Leute” (“Clothes make the man”). Of course this statement can be argued, but definitely the clothes and the personal fashion style a person has, is a statement about him or herself. Just as everywhere else, in Germany factors like age, job and personal taste also determine the […]
In honour of the “International Food Week” an event that we will host on Willamette Campus between the 4th and the 9th of March this article is dedicated to one of my favourite topics: Food! In that second week of March Bon Appetit, the kitchen crew of Goudy Commons, will cook and prepare dishes from […]
A little bit late but still I wish you all a happy new year! I hope that you had a good start to the new semester.
In this last article of the semester I want to share 10 things about my country with you.
“Different countries, different habits“ is a saying that we have in Germany. But I found that you have similar sayings in English as well. This might already indicate that there are of course also many similarities between German and American social life.
The German political party that has its main interest in environmental policy is called „Bündnis 90/Die Grünen“. The central idea of their policy is ecological, economical and social sustainability. The party „Die Grünen“ was founded in the 1980s and has its origins in the anti-nuclear power, ecology, peace and women’s movement of the 1970s. In 1993 […]
My name is Ilka Birke and I am the German language assistant at Willamette University this year. I come from Münster which is located in the North-West of Germany. It is close to the Dutch border and to the Ruhr region which is an urban area including cities as Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Essen. Münster is […]