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Germany’s Illegal Sustainability Trend Posted by on Jun 25, 2019

Sustainability is becoming more important everyday as the world becomes more aware of climate change. However in Germany one sustainability trend is actually illegal. Tonnes of food is thrown away every day, mainly from supermarkets because it is past its sell by date, this however doesn’t mean it isn’t edible. Containern – in English “dumpster…

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Germany’s Famous Asparagus Season Posted by on May 16, 2017

I hadn’t actually heard about this until I moved here, even when I was a child and visited Germany I didn’t know about Spargelzeit (Asparagus season) – perhaps because I never visited during the season. When is Asparagus Season? Spargelzeit starts every year at a different time, depending on how warm the weather is and…

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The Top 5 Reasons (besides the Kölner Dom) to visit Nordrhein-Westfalen on your trip to Germany Posted by on Jan 7, 2014

Having spent a total of sixteen months in what some might call Germany’s “ugliest Bundesland”, I would like to dispel that perception by sharing with you a few of the charms of Nordrhein-Westfalen that make me proud to call it mein zweites Heimat. From classical treasures to quirky traditions, NRW has a lot to offer…

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German newspaper causes laughter: “Pope eats Argentines”!?. Posted by on Mar 18, 2013

Is the new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a cannibal who favors his Argentinian fellow-countrymen as a delicious meal, just like the headline in a German newspaper suggested? Admittedly, I have no idea what kind of diet Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church prefers but I’m pretty sure that he is not after…

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Essen’s SPIEL Fair 2009 Posted by on Nov 24, 2009

Germans take board gaming ernst.  In German culture, it’s considered a family-oriented hobby, popular to the point that a whole genre of board games exists known as “German-style games,”  “Euro-games,” or “designer board games.”  These Spiele aren’t your Grandma’s Monopoly (though Germans play that, too).  The genre is known for high production value, favoring wooden…

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