Kündigungsfrist – 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 […]
Life In Germany
Looking at Germany through the eyes of a foreigner. The culture is deep and the land a great place to travel.
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 […]
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 […]
What exists in America that you can’t get in Germany? This question of what exists in the States, but not in Germany is a popular search that lands on the blog. I have written about it in various forms, but I thought I would take a stab at answering the question directly. Short Answer: Not […]
December is Christmas Market Season in Germany. Every town no matter the size has one (or several). We took a weekend to go up and check out Frankfurt’s. Ali had flown in and out of Frankfurt enough while we were dating long distance for us to know the basics of the city. This was our […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.