Tag Archives: German

Oktoberfest in Munich: Hostels Worth Checking Out (and Checking In To)

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Ah, Oktoberfest. So much tradition. All the rides and games. And we can’t forget to mention the food. It’s no wonder some 6 million people are attracted to Munich each fall to celebrate this annual event. But wait, let’s be honest. It might not be the traditional food, costumes, and carnival rides that are inspiring(…)


5 Strategies for Surviving Oktoberfest

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So you’ve booked your ticket, organised your flight, sorted out accommodation, and got your game-face on – you’re off to Oktoberfest! As an old hand on the beer festival scene, let me tell you, you’re up for some serious fun! But if you jump in headfirst without a bit of prior preparation you could miss(…)


4 German (Mis)Conceptions About the US

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The German and the North American cultures are not that different – indeed there is much more of a difference between the cultures of Mexico and the United States, despite them being neighbors. Regardless, there will be quite a lot of Americans who think of the Germans as dirndl-wearing, sausages-eating, beer-drinkers with an indecipherable language.(…)


6 ‘Must-Do’s for the Perfect Berlin Itinerary!

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How many cities can you name that have been split down the middle with a wall, house one of the most stunning and disquieting Holocaust memorials, and some of the coolest nightclubs you’ve ever been to? The sprawling metropolis of Berlin is a city where you can find fields, lakes and grass as well as(…)


10 Of The Weirdest World Cup Chants Ever

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The World Cup is on and countries break out celebrated chants for their teams in all native languages. You may think you know what you’re hearing (“Go team, go”) but translations reveal chants range from poetic and impassioned (“Sing and don’t cry”) to hilarious and rowdy (“With lukewarm tequila, we’ll be champions”).


Achtung! How Stay Safe on Your Trip to Germany

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Like many countries in Europe, Germany may seem to have a rather more relaxed view towards child safety than other places. Germany is a very safe country, with low crime rates, so there isn’t too much to worry about. However, though children aren’t coddled, there are still health and safety laws to follow and dangers(…)


Standardized World Languages – Yay or Nay?

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You’re probably familiar with the big question of whether, in the modern world where contact with other countries is not only possible, but necessary, we should have a common language between us – and if we should, what should it be? But even within the same country there is often a question of whether the(…)


8 No-Nos to Avoid Doing in Germany

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Gestures, hand signals, and body language can be a minefield for the uninitiated and a potential cause for misunderstandings and offence when visiting a different culture.  Many societies attach meanings to a range of actions, and you do not want to fall foul of good manners and make a slip when in Germany.  Whether you(…)