Tag Archives: Germany

Cozy? Let’s sabotage that by opening a window

Once you're comfy and cozy, a German is bound to open the window to air....

The Superbowl is super in Germany, too

Germany is the land of soccer, especially in Munich, home of the world-famous FC Bayern.....

‘Twas the Night Before Weihnachten

On a trip to a Christmas market in Munich, I was inspired by The Night....

Christmas cookies: Good, better, German

I loved Christmas cookies growing up and thought they were pretty good, but have since....

What happened to Santa Claus?

Santa Claus, St. Nick, or the Christ child? The figure we associate with Christmas takes....

The 37 Days of Christmas

Germans don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but they celebrate Christmas half the winter. Starting at the end....

If this is punctuality, my watch is broken

Germans have a reputation for being punctual, but trains are a different story. During a....

What happened to my pumpkin pie?

It's not a holiday without pumpkin pie, but what I bake is a far cry....

2 Comments

No Halloween? No way. My sneaky and successful plot

Some Germans celebrate Halloween, but not all of them. I was determined to find a....

2 Comments

‘Tis the season of the Wiesn: The Oktoberfest for locals and tourists

What some probably don’t realize is that while the Oktoberfest is the biggest folk festival....

4 Comments

Spicing up an e-mail is as easy as 1-2-3

Every language has its peculiarities, which should be respected. But when you translate into another....

3 Comments

The tiniest stars of the Oktoberfest live in a drawer

The Oktoberfest is synonymous with beer for most people. Yet half of the fairgrounds consists....

2 Comments

Germans delight in overengineering, taking helicopter mothering to new heights 

Any foreigner in Germany knows all about the country’s love of overengineering. All it takes....

2 Comments

A knack for snacks

When is a snack a meal? It depends on what country you’re in, as Germans....

2 Comments

Christmas cookies: good, better, and German

I loved Christmas cookies growing up and thought they were pretty good, but have since....

The 100 meters between fascism and democracy in Munich

On just a 10-minute walk through Munich, I passed a murder scene leading to the....

Led astray by my naïve trust in a native speaker, but I should have known better

My trust in native speakers was boundless, and it caused me to maneuver myself into....

What is the Inquisition doing in 21st-century America?

Looking at U.S. politics over the past few years, Germans recognize many patterns from the....

No Halloween? No way. My sneaky and successful plot

Some Germans celebrate Halloween, but not all of them. I was determined to find a....

Welcome back, fleas! The Oktoberfest is on

Following a three-year hiatus, Munich’s favorite party returned. Corona didn’t dampen people’s spirits, but I....

Bombs away! The WWII gift that keeps on giving

Read by Brenda One of the punctuality challenges to the Munich train system, as noted....

Get that rotten banana peel out of the plastic recycling

Read by Brenda Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash My muesli stuck in my throat....

I tried to escape the Oktoberfest. I failed.

Read by Brenda For the second time, the Oktoberfest has been canceled due to corona.....

The library, the monk and the sandals

Read by Brenda “Take their books! They’re useless propaganda. Get rid of them!” This actually....

2 Comments

The 400-year-old Marketing Flop You’ve Never Heard of

Read by Brenda They told me in college that marketing was invented in the U.S.....

Give us our daily bread, but please let it be German

Read by Brenda A good friend of mine recently returned to the U.S. after several....

2 Comments

Vaccination Fascination

25 July 2021 A strange thing has set upon us. Suddenly, we’re all doctors. Better....

2 Comments

The Prussian Rock Star in my Wardrobe

18 July 2021 Many people have been using their downtime from the pandemic to tackle....

2 Comments

Grave Thoughts Indeed – Part 3 – Royal rollicking and frolicking

The Alter Südfriedhof dates to the 14th century, but most of its graves tell the....

How war shaped the Alter Südfriedhof

Grave Thoughts Indeed – Part 2 Small German towns have monuments to the dead of....

3 Comments

Grave Thoughts Indeed

The Alter Südfriedhof in Munich is more of an open air museum reflecting the history....

3 Comments

From Munich to Philadelphia with love

A chat group of expat Americans provides moral support during a days-long chat leading to....

6 Comments

Italiano – no problemo for meo

I walked into Italian class and saw a room full of pensioners. But I didn't....

6 Comments

Spectators turned spectacle

Corona’s surprising effect on an evening at the theater My favorite small theater has reopened....

7 Comments

Mail-in ballots are sometimes the only way to vote

Mail-in ballots should be simple and foolproof. The technology is there, so why not use....

2 Comments

The Oktoberfest was canceled due to COVID-19

Munich's Oktoberfest was canceled due to COVID-19, but locals are celebrating anyway.

3 Comments

en_USEnglish