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If you want to do politics with us you have to talk to our chancellor not the president »

Salem, Oregon, a few days before election day 11/02/2010: the TV programs are full of campaign commercials. One politician points out the failures of his opponent and bawls him down. Then for a comparatively short amount of time he praises what he would do better if you vote for him. The main difference that I [...]

They match! »

When I heard the topic “Superstitions, Fears and Scary Stories” of this blog entry I tried to think of German examples and talked to some Americans about them. And apparently all of the stories matched!
In Germany you are also a little bit worried when a black cat crosses your way. When you break a mirror, [...]

Hallo! Servus! Grüezi! »

Hi everyone! My name is Nadine Sulzberger and I’m from the green and pulsating city of Munich, Germany. First, I went to university there but then transferred to the University of Passau. Like Munich, Passau is located in Bavaria, a state which is in the southern part of Germany, at the crossing of three rivers. [...]

Last few words »

I don’t really have a moment to share which I’ll always remind about when I get back to Germany. This year was just such a big experience for me to get clear about being a teacher. I totally loved working with all the students here and with my colleagues in the German Department and [...]

German Nature »

It is kind of difficult for me to write something about biodiversity in Germany. Between the German nature and the American nature there is not that much difference. We have nearly the same animals back in Germany. They are mostly just different in their colors. The squirrels here in America looks totally different compared to [...]

German Food »

Pork, beef, and poultry are the main varieties of meat consumed in Germany, with pork being the most popular meat eaten by German people. Seafood traditionally was restricted to the northern coastal areas, except for pickled herring, often served as Rollmops (a pickled herring fillet rolled into a cylindrical shape around a piece of pickled [...]

Biathlon »

I could talk about soccer in Germany, but this is a little boring, because everyone who knows Germany and German people knows that its all about soccer in my country. Of course nearly every sport is popular in Germany, but not as much as soccer or other ballgames as Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball or Handball.
We also [...]

Valentines Day in Germany »

The celebration of Valentine’s Day as we know it today with the card giving ritual and the little heart shaped gifts or chocolates, spread out from France and England to other countries such as Canada and USA. This celebration is quite recent in Germany. It is thought to have started only after the second World [...]

Road Trip »

Hey to you all. I hope you had also a great winter break either at home with your family and friends or on the road like many of us. In my winter break I went traveling South on the West coast to see all fancy places I ever wanted to see if I was ever [...]

Christmas Markets in Germany »

A Christmas market originated in Germany and Austria, is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during advent, mainly the four weeks preceding Christmas Day. The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German speaking part of Europe. The Dresden Christmas market, first held in 1434, is [...]

Friday the 13th »

Many people in Germany and in the world believe in the good or bad luck of Friday the 13th.
Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday has [...]

The Reunification Day on October 3 »

Hey! I am Saskia from Germany and I am the German Assistant for the Year 09/10. I was studying English and German for the last 4 Years in Münster. I just finished my Bachelors degree. I like so far being here and I am looking forward to meeting you all.

Germany and the arts »

I find it very difficult to choose just one German book and film, because of the outstanding output in the arts – especially literature and philosophy – of the Volk der Dichter und Denker. To attempt simplicity, I will list the last two remarkable works I have come across.

Sustainability in Germany »

Germany prides itself of being a green country and claims international
pioneer positions in environmental policy. A key element of the Red-Green
coalition (Social Democrats and the Green Party), major changes have been
brought about with the help of vice chancellor and foreign minister
Joschka Fischer between 1998 and 2005, especially with regard to the
energy and climate change policies.