Post # 122
- My ancestors
- Very sexual people
That’s about all I think of it (immediately). It’s right next door to my country right now, but I haven’t been yet. I’ve only been in Belgium for a year. I am going to see Germany this summer.
Post # 123
Haha yes, bratwurst is what I was referring to.
Post # 124
It was cheapest to fly in/out of Frankfurt and rent the car there. 🙂 Germany is also in the middle of Europe and we were going to Amsterdam and Italy, so… We didn’t spend a lot of time there, drove through, visited Stuttgart for the Porshe museum, etc, and the Nurburgring. Went to the F1 race in Spa, which is close, but not very German!
Post # 125
Haha! I don’t follow the Olympics at all this year, though.
Fantastic. A German wanting a flesh sandwich shortly after the war…
Spätzle are actually really easy to make. If you’d like, I could translate a recipe for you. The only thing I could imagine being difficult is getting the dough into the water if you don’t have a “Spätzlehobel”. But I just checked and they’re super cheap on amazon (this one is different than mine, but mine is not a fancy one either, so I’m sure it’s fine):
My favorite kind are Käsespätzle. First, you cook the Spätzle as you would for any other kind. Then you pan-fry some onions, put the Spätzle in it, roast those as well in the pan, add some cheese, toss some parsley over et voilá! Super easy, super yummy!
If you’d like to understand about how the Nazis could gain power, it’s not only important to know about the ideas of the Nazis (the popular ones that is), but also understand in what situation Germany was. In the preceding “Weimar Republic”, the country dealt with the aftermath of having lost the first world war, there was a hyper inflation and soon after the global depression (“black Friday”), that also affected the German economy. In addition, the new political system that was introduced with the Weimar Republic also quite struggled (with political assassinations, governments collapsing, etc.). This is not to give an excuse, obviously, there simply is none. Just that you said you only covered the Holocaust, but obviously everything that happened just before is key to understanding how this could happen at all.
Post # 126
I hope this can give you a much better impression than your MIL! Fingers crossed it’s going to work out eventually (both the trip and the Mother-In-Law ;)).
The topic of jokes seems to be very controversial here. Glad, you see them as being witty and not only seeing us as having no humor or when then it’s about poop (which I find hilarious – the conception, not the poop ;)).
I know exactly what you mean! Two of my grandfather’s brothers emmigrated to Canada after the war. The one is married to a Canadian and he actually now has a very heavy accent when speaking German. The other one emmigrated with his German wife and I think they stayed mostly within a German community. He doesn’t only have a heavy German accent (even now!), he also just tosses in German words. It’s very funny (and a bit emberrassing when you witness people not understanding what it is he wants and him being completely oblivious to this lol). To top this, his wife is from Saxony, where they have a terrible (IMO and in most other Germans’ opinions except for the Saxonians ;)) accent which is hard to understand in German not to mention her speaking English lol.
Berliner Weiße is also the only beer I like!!! And in the summer time a nice Alster, aaaah! (Beer with Sprite. SOOO tasty and thurst quenching in the heat.) Alas, I have a baby that I am nursing, so no Weiße for me… I never cross the street on a “don’t walk” sign when kids are nearby, but always when there are none. My friends (and mum) are pretty much the same, but it is true – there are a LOT more people waiting for the light to turn green before crossing the street and people will cross at a traffic light instead of J-walking.
I never knew the compulsive hoarding was (at least assumed to be) a German thing! I had to look up the term pack rat. We actually call these people a “messy”, so I guess because of using an English term, it never occurred to me that it may be a German phenomenon haha.
Post # 127
Haha that is funny! Growing up with a German family, I am guilty of this too. I have called certain things by their German name (even though I do not speak German) because that is what I was taught that it was called. I remember spending the night at a friends house and I asked for something and she was like do what, what in the world are you talking about!?!
Post # 128
I spent a summer working in Bavaria.
- Delicious beer. Amazing. Wow.
- The best Doner Kebabs I have ever had – and I spent time in Turkey! (although I have read that they were actually invented by the Turkish community in Berlin)
- Frank acknowledgment of history and a powerful moving on!
- Amazing food! And chocolate.
- Punctual people
- Blunt people but in a refreshing way 🙂
- A claim that the trains are super punctual that is on occasion true 😉
- Really helpful people.
- General cultural enoyment of structure.
- Very high standard of living.
Post # 129
@MsquareM: OKTOBERFEST!!! But that’s me. I love beer.
Post # 130
Yes, there is a lot of truth in that.
Post # 131
Oooooo, I miss Berliner Weiße Grun so much! I was craving it yesterday! But who am I kidding, if I ever get to go back, that’s the first thing I’m ordering off the plane! 🙂
I was lucky to get to study in Germany for 2 weeks in college (summer 2009). One week in Berlin and one in Munich. It was part of an international journalism and advertising class. We had the funniest time trying to order vodka from a restaurant one night…we kept repeating vodka, V-odka, over and over, then the waiter asked if we meant W-odka pronounced with a W not a V. We felt silly but learned something too! 🙂
I also have ancesters from Germany. My dad’s side of the family still makes homemade noodles and a breakfast cake we call Reival Cugga (Reival Cuggen), at least that’s how we pronounce it. My maiden name was VERY German. I’ve done some research and it looks like my relatives moved from Germany to Russia to the US. We have a small museum in my town called “German’s from Russia Museum” and I spent a good long afternoon there last year digging through names and villages in books and found my ancesters names so that was pretty cool! 🙂
I can’t even list all the fun and amazing things I learned, saw, and experienced while there. I was thrilled to be able to visit the “motherland” and, in a way, walk the same streets my ancesters might have walked. The memories are golden and forever with me. Someday I hope to return and take my DH and/or family with me! 🙂
Post # 132
In Munich I think I had beer with Fanta and beer with coke and both were surprisingly good to this non-beer drinker. But the past few trips have just been to Berlin, so I stick with the Weiss. It’s sad that even at the German restaurants in NYC, I can’t get any. Is there a certain type of beer that best mixes with sprite? Perhaps I’ll have to try that sometime. Is it 50/50?
I have no idea if it’s true, but someone told me that back in the day when neighborhoods in the US were very segregated by immigrant communities, on garbage day it was obvious which were the German neighborhoods because they threw so little out. My mom reuses napkins. It’s weird 🙂
And I have some words that I just use, without thought that no one might know what I’m talking about 🙂 Now that I’m in NYC where many people pepper their words with Yiddish, it seems less odd. I’ve never seen them written, but the words I learned from my mom and don’t try to translate are schlumpich (so much more desciptive than sloppy!), fuzzel, and schnipsel.
This thread makes me want to go back to Germany. My family is from outside Hamburg, and I haven’t been there since college. DH has never been to Germany. While most of my German has fallen out of my brain due to disuse, I can do the basics. Which is always nice while traveling.
Post # 133
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
@MsquareM: I have been to Germany and have cousins there.
I think of:
Wine (mmm, Rhineland)
People sounding angry at each other (sorry, German sounds angry!)
Paying 30c to use the public toilets (lol)
ETA: Oh, and warm beverages, no ice. If you ask for ice, they think you want ice cream.
Which reminds me, excellent gelato.
Post # 134
telling someone to not run into you is so obvious to me, I wouldn’t even have thought of it being as german-rude type haha. To make up for the heat, we never have snow days though unfortunately. And why could you not sit on the school grounds??
you’re lucky you only got scolded and not ticketed. And I’m not even kidding! They also ticket you when you use the wrong side of the bike lane even if just for a few meters to cross the street ao you get to the right side haha. And when you cross the street at a red light by bike or foot and you get caught, you actually also get points on your driver’s license! Same as when riding your bike drunk (but the limits are higher than for driving a car).
that sounds lovely. I always get so excited when people love my home town yay 🙂 what club did you go to? The “Berghain” was rated the best club in the world by the NY Times some years back, so I think it receives a lot of attention by tourists as well. Haha I don’t know about your observation of beautiful people though lol. And with that kind of breakfast it was better you stayed only 48 hrs haha.
ok I see! Ah being so close to the alps makes me jealous 🙂 I’d love to go sling whenever I feel like it, too!
well at least there was something positive to be gained :-/ so was your grandfather a GI and that’s how your family ended up in America or was he Russian and they both emigrated?
I lived on Mexico for 3.5 months and have been to Brazil, chile, Argentina, … So I guess I can relate those experiences to Puerto Rico and yes, that would definitely be different. And less noisy haha. I love your arrangement. I really wanted to work in South America for a few years but it never worked out. Splitting it like that would have been perfect for my SO, but no way with our jobs
Post # 135
oops, I wish I was more “German” in some regards, but I’m quite sure noaid ever called my room spotless (woks for guests and my apartment as well lol). I’d love to hear your update if you go! Enjoy Europe wherever your honeymoon takes you!
how come about the Lutheran school upbringing? Out system is secular so it actually shouldn’t be 😉 the wooden dolls are Russian though and I have no idea what beer steins are? Oh just looked it up. Funny name as “Stein” is stone and that and beer just confused the heck out of me.
oh that sounds absolutely wonderful! Have a fabulous time!!!
oh god, yes, so many Germans have such heavy accents when speaking English, it’s truly embarrassing but whatcha gonna do 😉