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Month: November 2015

Thanksgiving in Germany

Thanksgiving in Germany

My German family has been so kind as to indulge my need for American holidays and has help put together Thanksgiving dinners for the past two years. It’s fun introducing them to American foods, and seeing how baffled they were last year at the idea of sweet potato casserole as a side. I think Germans like to keep their meals savory and their desserts sweet, so mixing in a sweet dish with the main meal just felt wrong to some…

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My German Resources

My German Resources

German can be a difficult language – or at least that’s what Germans reassure me when I’m struggling along. I always feel like a complete dummy jabbering on with my terrible German, and most people switch to serviceable English if they notice me struggling too much. I’ve been able to get to the point where I can run errands, make appointments, and make some caveman-like small talk, but I don’t do that without help. I’d be completely lost without some…

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Fleischkäse – German “Meat Cheese”

Fleischkäse – German “Meat Cheese”

Fleischkäse translates literally to “Meat Cheese” – which sounds disgusting – and is basically a type of meatloaf – which also sounds disgusting. In other regions, it’s known as “Leberkäse” which means “Liver Cheese.” I don’t know why anyone would willingly order that, but I’m not German. As you can see, I’m quite skeptical of various processed meat products. Especially ones that look like this: It gets sliced up like a loaf of bread and put on bread rolls, essentially…

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No Longer Saving Daylight

No Longer Saving Daylight

This post is essentially A Lesson in Latitude Part 2. Way back when Daylight Saving Time had just started, I wrote about how the never-ending sun was freaking me out. Now that Daylight Saving Time is over, the perpetual darkness is bringing me down. The sun is already racing to the horizon around 5:00 pm, and I know that, come December, we’ll be having complete darkness after 4:30. Add the days of fog we had earlier this week to that, and…

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