Modular Festival Augsurg 2015

Great music, great people, great location… that’s right, I’m talking about the Modular Festival 2015 in Augsburg! Check out all the details in this article :) Continue reading

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Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” – A “classics” book review

Classics: Who reads them anyway? Aren’t they just relics of long-gone times? I don’t think so. By chance (which means somebody abandoned it on the university’s book trading shelf and I took it because it looked interesting) I stumbled across this brilliant piece of literature: Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”. And when I read it, what I found on this shelf is not only an award-winning book (Pulitzer Prize!) but also a heartwarming story about childhood, life and culture in the American South and a simple, but still relevant message for all its readers.

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Stereotypes… real facts or made up fiddle-faddle?

Do you even know what people think about you? Or what it means to be German? People often goof around about stereotypes but in the end there is always a jot of truth in them. The funny thing is you actually learn a lot about your own funny habits and stereotypes you never even knew existed when you go to other countries. Let me tell you something I learnt when I lived abroad… most Americans really have an image of  Germans dressed in dirndls and lederhosen, eating sauerkraut, drinking beer and probably with Rammstein playing in the background.   Continue reading

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“A crisp salty type of bread in the shape of a knot or stick”

I’m part of a great and proud German people that has exported many fantastic inventions and foodstuffs over the years, the Oxford dictionary’s dispassionate definition above referring to one of them. Let me give you a couple more clues: you can find us all over the world since we have a spirit of adventure and a tendency to spread out (this is true and meeting people from one town over in the most absurd places has been a constant source of amazement during almost every journey I’ve ever been on). Some might say that we raise our children on entrepreneurship and a healthy disrespect for Standard German alone (this is not entirely true, not all of us are entrepreneurs). Can you already guess who we are? If not, maybe this will help: the name of the river running through our capital, pronounced in our beautiful language, rhymes with the German word for alarm clock. Ring any bells?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Put your sunglasses on – it’s spring!!

Let’s change from winter mode to spring mode. The last few days have been too beautiful to stay inside our winter caves.

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How about a chat with Angie?

Our author Franziska spent three weeks as intern in the Bundestag. In her letter from Berlin she talks about her experiences so far.

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A rose is a rose – a history lesson for dummies

Last Wednesday was the great day: HBO finally aired a new episode of its most popular show, Game of Thrones. Eight million viewers followed the fascinating lives of their second- favourite characters (their favourites were all killed off in the previous seasons). It’s commonly known that George R. R. Martin, author of the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ book series, on which Game of Thrones is based, didn’t invent the story about political intrigue all on his own, but was inspired by a very real historical period, the Wars of the Roses. What many people, or at least many Germans, don’t know, however, is what those wars were all about, how they started and what exactly happened. Maybe this crash course in British history might help you to see parallels between the Wars of the Roses and the battle for the Iron Throne.

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Lost in Translation – Eight beautifully untranslatable words from across the world

Did you ever come across a word in your mother tongue that can’t be translated literally into any other language? Maybe one that can’t even be explained properly?

“Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth.” (Nietzsche)

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