What is a Kaffeeklatsch? Therapy with laughter and Coffee

Americans missed out on a good thing by not adopting the “Kaffeeklatsch”. Honestly, meeting friends at Starbucks for a sippy cup of coffee on a tiny table just isn’t the same thing. Kaffeeklatsch… friends coming together for coffee… maybe some cake… and good conversation, is such a lovely way to spend a few hours. In Germany, the concept of Kaffeeklatsch…

Burning Beethoven: The Eradication of German Culture in the United States during World War

I get messages all the time from people lamenting the lack of German shops and Restaurants… worries from people because the German clubs are getting fewer… sadness from people wondering why German isn’t being taught in their schools. Regret that they never learned the language from parents or Grandparents… that it was even “forbidden” in the home.  I understand it’s…

Spreewald Kahnfahrt and a Visit to the Open-Air Museum in Lehde

South and slightly east of Berlin you’ll find one of Germany’s more unusual UNESCO sites, the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve. This inland delta of the Spree River, crisscrossed by 200 water channels and streams through bog land, forest, and meadows was formed during the last Ice Age. The area is home to a group of traditional Sorbs or Wends, whose families…

How to Apply to German Universities- Resources and Tips for a Successful Application

Studying abroad is a life changing experience. It opens our eyes to the rest of the world, and allows us to experience living in another place outside our regular comfort zone. And for many students.. it’s just flat out cheaper than studying at an American University. But getting over that first hurdle, trying to figure out How to Apply to…

Suppengruen- A Flavor Base for German Cooking

At the base of every cultures’ cuisine you’ll find an ingredient set that adds a certain flavor to many of the dishes. This building block sets up a steady base for any other ingredients added in. It’s seldom the star of the show… but the dish just wouldn’t be right without it. In German cooking, this base is known as…

German License Plate Stickers and Magnets

Add some fun to your car, laptop, refrigerator, or door with these German License Plate Stickers and Magnets! They also make a great gift for German family and friends. The high quality weatherproof stickers will last outside without fading for years. The stickers measure just over 10.5 inches by 2 inches (it is smaller than a standard German License Plate) Worried…

The Train to Crystal City review- German Families Locked Up in WW2

I recently read about Democratic Representative from Texas Joaquin Castros Congressional Bill: The Wartime Violation of German American Civil Liberties Act of 2022. Like many American school children, I learned about the Internment of thousands of Japanese who lived in the US, but my teachers never told us about the over 11,000 German Americans locked up at the same time.…

German Goulash Recipe- A Love Letter From the Kitchen

Goulash frequently showed up on my childhood dinner table. Why not? My mom’s recipe tasted delicious, and the meal fills everyone up without argument. Fun added bonus… when things were “tight”, the meal could be stretched ….. more sauce, some added veggies, and less meat. Served over everyone’s favorite homemade Spätzle, Goulash was a crowd pleaser. I can hear it…

Weltenburg Abbey- Come for the Beer, Stay for the History

Sitting somewhat precariously on the shores of the Danube not too far from Regensburg, you’ll find Weltenburg Abbey. I visited on a warm day in July. The plan was to tour the Brewery, but I was delighted to learn that there is much more to see at the Benedictine Abbey than just big vats of beer (not that big vats…

A German Church on Kauai- Where Aloha means Guten Tag

Over the years I’ve gotten into the habit of seeking out the German history of places I visit. While browsing the history section of my local used bookstore, I stumbled across the book,  “Hawaii and the German-Speaking People” by Niklaus R Schweizer. Since we were planning a trip to the Islands, I grabbed it (a little light reading for the…

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