A Story of Sperrmüll

Ali wrote about how to separate garbage in Germany a while back. This is the next story in the line. When you have things too big to throw in the black or other classes of things that are specially designated, then there is Sperrmüll. At least in Freiburg, you get 4cubic meters of allowance a…

A Perfect Day in Freiburg

Freiburg is a city attached to nature. The Black Forest isn’t just nearby, an arm of it comes right down into the center of town as Castle Hill.  It is also a city of relaxation and enjoyment of outdoors. There are a few sites to see, but the best aspect of the city is really…

5 Movies to Get Your Motivation Going

I like to watch movies. I enjoy how they can get me to think about aspects of life. I am also a visual person, so this medium speaks to me. Even when I read books (which I love as well), I see cinematic style scenes in my head. So movies are often where I turn…

The Schmarrn Incident

I have lived and traveled in German speaking Europe for a long time. I have even been in Austria several times, but I have only recently experienced Schmarrn. I tried making it this morning and although it was edible (and still tasty), it didn’t turn out like I wanted. I will try again, if for…

Clock on a stand in German town

Kündigungsfrist : explanation and thoughts

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…

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…