Blog Posts - Life In Germany



More weird German toilets

Of course one of the most disconcerting things about living abroad is getting used to the toilet culture. Imagine my confusion today, while visiting a client’s offices which had both a male and female sign on the lavatory door, when … Con...
by Planet Germany on Jun 28, 2012

In my next life…

…I want to be the person who gets to name German breakfast cereals! Beats cornflakes into a cocked hat!  ...
by Planet Germany on Jun 19, 2012

Oooh! I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!

Oooh! This is exciting! The very lovely bloggeress who writes Life Lessons of a Military Wife has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Oh kindest of  military spouses, I gratefully accept. I would also like to thank my family, … Conti...
by Planet Germany on Jun 18, 2012

The incredible German appetite

The German nation shops on its stomach. Germans, it seems, cannot undertake any task without first stoking up with a sausage. This has inspired a cunning generation of German sausage vendors to pitch their vans everywhere and anywhere where Germans &...
by Planet Germany on Jun 17, 2012

Germany’s secret cuisine with asparagus and strawberries

At this time of year, wherever you travel in Germany, you will find odd little stalls everywhere.  It’s that season of the year you see. The strawberry and asparagus season. What appears odd to the non-German, is that these stalls … Cont...
by Planet Germany on Jun 16, 2012

If you go down to the woods today…

… you’ll find lots of families treating their fathers to a picnic. Today is Ascension day – and also Father’s Day in Germany. Of course this means that the picnic isn’t just any old picnic… it’s a special Dad...
by Planet Germany on May 17, 2012

German men… we know your secret!

I was out and about this week when I spotted a new brand of aftershave on the shelves of a German drugstore.  Scotish Man. Not Scottish… no, Scotish.  In the same way that the word “posh” is pronounced with a … Continue read...
by Planet Germany on May 12, 2012

Walpurgisnacht and Tanz in den Mai

It’s a big night tonight in the Fatherland! If you happen to be a witch, warlock, hobgoblin or demon (and I think some of my regular commentators would fall into one of those categories) then this is Walpurgis night – … Continue rea...
by Planet Germany on Apr 30, 2012

Spargelzeit in Germany

It is officially Spargelzeit. Asparagus season. Asparagus is the first home grown fresh crop of the season, allegedly. After a long winter of Sauerkraut and pickled gherkins, the Germans can’t wait for fresh food to come round again, so they &#...
by Planet Germany on Apr 29, 2012

The ultimate slogan fail?

This week a radical Islamic group, the Salafisten, are handing out free copies of the Koran translated into German on the streets of German cities. From their publicity poster, I suspect they have are not targeting English speakers though. Lies! R...
by Planet Germany on Apr 15, 2012

International branding fail…

Sometimes you just wonder how the Germans decide on brand names… like our local children’s hospital for instance…...
by Planet Germany on Apr 3, 2012

The war on string…

… may be unwinnable…...
by Planet Germany on Mar 25, 2012

Easter in Germany – chocolate galore!

Now that Karneval is over we are into Lent and living on a diet of Bullshitters of the Lord and Nuns Farts.  But there is hope in sight. Easter is just around the corner… already the shops are starting to … Continue reading →...
by Planet Germany on Mar 6, 2012

Open cast mining in Germany

I stopped off today on my way to Aachen to have a look at the open cast lignite mine at Garzweiler. Apparently there’s an official viewing platform, but the directions I got from the official brochure seemed to bear no … Continue reading...
by Planet Germany on Mar 4, 2012

Germans Aren’t Romantic and Other Misconceptions

When I was in my 20s I would have considered German romance boring, in my 30s it became sexy!

It’s in his kiss – Erm, no, it isn’t!

Actually, on this occasion, it isn’t - It’s in his handshake German like to shake hands when they meet. If they meet friends or relatives they may hug or kiss, but if it’s a business meeting or they meet an acquaintance then they s...

Sternsinger

For the 12 days of Christmas between Christmas and Epiphany (the 6th January) many children in Germany dress up as the three wise men  and go round people’s houses singing and collecting money for charity. A few days ago, while in Germany, I c...


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