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What not to do in Germany- Simple Survival Tips for Enjoying German Culture

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In many ways, Germany is very much like everywhere else, people generally put their pants on one leg at at time. BUT, some things are different, some things that the average American does every day are just not as acceptable in Germany. How do you know what to do? Here’s an almost complete lists of […]

Water Castles or Wasserschlösser in the Münsterland

Plymouth Junge Kameraden Band- An American High School Band Playing German Music!

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“So ein Tag, so wunderschön wie Heute“… when I heard those words sung, I immediately flashed back to my childhood. My mother playing this on her record player… my Oma’s radio… singing in German school. But the source was unexpected; the singer was a beautiful High School girl, standing in front of the Plymouth Junge […]

Traditional German Tracht Show at German Fest, Milwaukee

German Genealogy Databases Online -Find your German Family

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  For many German-Americans, tracing their history is not so easy. Records were lost or destroyed, and the old script can be difficult to read. While I am by no means an expert, I have found some German Genealogy Databases online that can help you find a little more about your German Ancestry. I’ve also included […]

Traditional German Tracht Show at German Fest, Milwaukee

What Does a German Look Like? Dealing with Stereotypes

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  I’ve been thinking about stereotypes a lot lately… and what does a German look like? Whenever Germans are portrayed in advertising, or in festival invitations, they always seem to be wearing Lederhosen or Dirndls. But, as I’m reminded EVERY TIME I post such a photo, that is not how the typical German looks or […]

Traditional German Tracht Show at German Fest, Milwaukee

German Fairy Tale Wall Art -Wandfiguren from Mertens Kunst

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  See what I found while clearing out the closet? Like many German kids in the 1970s, my room was decorated with colorful wooden Fairy Tail wall art, Wandfigur, that depicted some of my favorite Fairy Tales. Made by companies like Mertens Kunst and Ravi Kunst, these bright and cheery wall hangings have become collectible […]

Where to Buy Great Looking, High Quality German Sandals for Women

The Black Forest Lodge- A Slice of Germany in America

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In the 1970s travel to Germany was expensive, but my parents still wanted that German Vacation experience. So, instead of hopping on a Condor flight overseas, they packed up the family’s green 1970 Monte Carlo with supplies and headed north to Chester, California near Lassen National Park where we would stay at a German run hotel […]

Lessons I Learned from My Oma… And Now I’m Sharing them with You