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What is Gemuetlichkeit? Trying to define an indefineable German Concept

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When I arrive on my Aunt’s doorstep in Germany, she greets me with “Kommt ‘rein… mach’s euch Gemütlich!”(come in, make yourself gemütlich) and on family evenings instead of making plans my mother might say, “Wir machen uns Heute Abend Gemütlich” (tonight we will make ourselves gemütlich). A small well appointed room is described as “Gemuetlich”, […]

Statues of Roland – Who was Roland?

What is German Unity Day – Tag der Deutschen Einheit

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What is German Unity Day or the Tag der Deutschen Einheit? This National Holiday is the celebration of when Germany unified into ONE whole country. For 41 years, Germany was split between the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the Democratic Republic of Germany (East Germany). They existed as two separate nations. On November […]

The German Easter Holidays- Easter Weekend in Germany

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

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Unser Sandmännchen 643772 Hand Puppet Sandmann 35 cm Multi-Coloured When the Wall separating East Germany from West Germany fell, many of the icons produced by the East vanished. There is one BIG exception. The Sandmännchen. What is the Sandmaennchen? And how did he continue to thrive despite his East German origins? This little figure with […]

Ostalgie or Ostalgia for East German Products

Shopping for German School Supplies- It’s Much Different than California

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My daughter, Katy, spent a Semester studying in Berlin. I’m delighted that she sent us a few posts about life as a California Girl in Germany. This week… shopping for German School supplies. Apparently, it’s not the same as it is here in California…  All photos taken by Katy used with permission.  There were many […]

Ostalgie or Ostalgia for East German Products