Clock on a stand in German town

K├╝ndigungsfrist : explanation and thoughts

K├╝ndigungsfrist – This German monstrosity of a word essentially just means “notice period before quitting/cancelation.” Where do you find it? It comes up in work contracts. In that sense it implies that a certain amount of notice must be given (usually by both sides) for you to leave your job. I have seen it in…

Sightseeing around Bavaria

When you think about Germany and you are an American, you are probably just thinking about Bavaria. So many things in the American mind about Germany have come from Bavaria. Oompah Bands, Lederhosen and Oktoberfest? Yup. Castle that inspired Sleeping Beauty? Yup. Pretzels? Well, not just Bavaria, but definitely the south of Germany. To put…

Freiburg: a perfect day trip city

Our adopted hometown is Freiburg, Germany. And while it is small, Freiburg is in the middle a lot of great places and works quite well as a base. The city itself has plenty to see and is a nice place to relax after a long day underway. If you are interested in outdoors stuff, you…

Germany gets dark in the winter

Freiburg is on the 48th parallel. The long straight border between the US and Canada is on the 49th. So we currently live a fair ways further north than I ever thought I would, and we are still in the extreme southern end of Germany. For comparison, where I grew up in the southern US…

Dark Beer - Dunkeles Bier

German Beer Vocabulary

Germany is the land of beer. It is perhaps best well known for its beer and for festivals celebrating said beer. It doesn’t help you enjoy it though if you can’t order or don’t know what you are ordering. So here is some German beer vocabulary with translations and explanations. Yes, you could just order…

Life as an Exchange Student in Mainz

It was a February morning when I found myself outside in the middle of winter, dressed as Minnie Mouse and catching candy from the parade floats as they drove by. My friend brought over some Sekt and we drank it straight from the bottle. Confetti littered the air as we shouted, “Helau!” Mainz, one of Germany’s top three Karneval cities, was definitely the place to be.