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Finding an Apartment in Germany

Posted by: KaffeeundKuchen on Wednesday October 19, 2016 (01:02:13)   (930 Reads)
My husband and I recently moved to Würzburg, a beautiful city in the Franconian region of Bavaria. While we had been talking about the idea of moving for a few years, we only began to plan the move in earnest in the late summer.    more ...


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Affordable Ways to Travel Around Germany

Posted by: KaffeeundKuchen on Thursday June 16, 2016 (03:17:56)   (4558 Reads)
One of my favourite things about living in Germany is how easy it is to get around. Whether by plane, train or automobile, travellers can get from Point A to Point B efficiently via the country’s well-connected transportation routes. Those who travel frequently though will quickly discover that airfares and bus tickets can really add up. In order to help you save a few Euros, I’ve outlined some of my favourite affordable and convenient transportation options below.    more ...


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German Manners And Etiquette

Posted by: KaffeeundKuchen on Friday April 15, 2016 (02:55:26)   (3134 Reads)
After living in Germany for nearly three years, I’ve slowly picked up on the most important German manners and etiquette. Some customs were easy to adapt to (or very similar to what I was used to in Canada), while others continue to elude or puzzle me to this very day.    more ...


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Recommended German Movies

Posted by: KaffeeundKuchen on Wednesday March 16, 2016 (21:03:57)   (1330 Reads)
Prior to moving to Germany, I was a member of a German club at my university. I had recently met my now-husband (a German) and was looking to learn the German language. I thought it would be a good idea to join the club so I could get a better grasp on not only the German language, but also the people, history, and culture.    more ...


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Frustrations and Doubts as an Expat

Posted by: KaffeeundKuchen on Monday February 15, 2016 (22:07:04)   (3939 Reads)
Frustrations and Doubts as an Expat
Life as an expat can be fun, exciting, eye-opening and adventurous. Meeting new people, experiencing a different culture, seeing sights you never imagined you’d get to see – these are just some of the perks of expat life and living in an environment different from the one you grew up in. People can forget, however, that expat life can also be extremely challenging, lonely, and frustrating.    more ...


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Carnival Season in Germany

Posted by: KaffeeundKuchen on Thursday January 14, 2016 (23:24:13)   (1384 Reads)
Carnival Season in Germany
Since moving to Germany, I have become a huge fan of German celebrations, like Oktoberfest and Silvester. One celebration that I have never really understood or taken part in, however, is carnival. Growing up in western Canada, I learned about Mardi Gras in my French classes at school and gladly ate through a pile of pancakes on Fat Tuesday, but beyond that, I never really celebrated. I’ve done some research about carnival season here in Germany that I hope clarifies this celebration for you – I know it sure did for me!    more ...


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Celebrating New Year's Eve in Germany

Posted by: KaffeeundKuchen on Tuesday December 15, 2015 (20:55:01)   (1742 Reads)
Celebrating New Year's Eve in Germany
New Year’s Eve has never been one of my favourite holidays – there always seems to be so much pressure to ring in the New Year in as much style as possible. In Canada, it’s common to go to a house party with friends or family and celebrate with appetizers and a glass or two of bubbly.    more ...


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5 German Christmas Markets to Visit

Posted by: KaffeeundKuchen on Sunday November 15, 2015 (21:06:40)   (2639 Reads)
Though Germany is beautiful to visit year-round, it’s especially magical at Christmastime. Starting as early as October, shops, market squares and streets begin displaying lights and decorations in preparation for the Christmas season. I’ll never forget the first time I experienced Germany at Christmastime. I was visiting the city of Bamberg – there was a light dusting of snow on the pointed half-timbered houses and the town square was bustling with Christmas market activity. I’d heard all about German Christmas markets and was eager to see the mugfuls of mulled wine, roasted nuts and traditional wooden ornaments for myself.    more ...


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Understanding German Proverbs

Posted by: KaffeeundKuchen on Thursday October 15, 2015 (02:56:47)   (8749 Reads)
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German is a tricky language – all the articles (der, die, das), cases (nominative, accusative, dative and genitive), plural endings, irregular verb conjugations, capitalized nouns, and umlauts – there’s a lot to remember! When I first started learning German about 7 years ago, I was mystified by all the grammar rules, unfamiliar pronunciations (it took a long time for me to get the ‘ch’ sound just right) and of course the confusing proverbs. Some were essentially the same as ones I’d heard in English, while others were so bewildering that I could only guess at their meaning.    more ...


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Oktoberfest And German Folk Festivals

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday September 15, 2015 (19:21:22)   (2357 Reads)
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Fall is in the air here in Germany and that means the biggest folk festival season of the year is approaching. One of the most famous German festivals known worldwide is of course Oktoberfest– in fact, it’s often the first thing people think of when I mention that I live in Germany!

What is Oktoberfest exactly? It’s a 16-day long beer festival and travelling fun fair held annually in Munich, Germany on the Theresienwiese fairgrounds. Locals often refer to Oktoberfest as simply Wiesn in reference to the fairgrounds where the festival takes place.    more ...