Tag Archives: Germany

Oktoberfest canceled by COVID – but the party went on anyway

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

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The Race for Space is Over (but not the way you think)

Shopping pre-corona in Germany used to be a contact sport - that changed overnight

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Berlin, lost and sometimes found

On one last pre-corona trip to the capital, abandoned streets allowed fresh insights into the....

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The Secret Second Life of Balconies

Balconies are great in summer, but they can be useful in winter in surprising ways.

The Sound of Freedom – Uniting East and West through Country Music

To me it was just another country song, but to an East Berlin taxi driver....

German Christmas means hot wine and cold toes

Every town has its Christmas market. I try my luck fitting in as a local....

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The 37 days of Christmas

From late November to early January, it's one long holiday season in Germany.

Thanksgiving? Not as traditional as you think

Americans like to think of Thanksgiving as being the ultimate American holiday, but it's actually....

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St. Martin’s – A holiday best spent on the couch

Feel like a walk in cold rain with a blustery wind while trying to keep....

The Berlin Wall, 30 years later

Many people did not expect Germany to be reunified. Thirty years after the fall of....

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Halloween has gone global but strange things happened

Halloween has made its way to Germany, but some funny things happened to this holiday....

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An in-tents experience – My Oktoberfest visit

The Oktoberfest is inextricably linked to drinking beer. But there's a lot more beyond the....

World War Window

When I was a student, air conditioning allowed me to sleep. But Germans open the....

The curious case of the X in the sock drawer

The old joke "I have to organize my sock drawer" as an excuse to skip....

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Of planes to Spain exploring new terrain

I was thrilled when my daughter decided to study Spanish in Spain, but so much....

Roarin’ Retirees

The word “retire” means to rest, but in Germany, retirees have got it backwards: once....

German universities are nothing like American ones

Nothing prepared me for when my daughters set off for German universities. They have little....

Here we go again – it’s Oktoberfest time

Oktoberfest is here - again. When you've been there a dozen times, you start to....

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