We are in the middle of one of the truly great times of the year in Bavaria. Alexander Pope wrote in his poem titled “An Essay on Man”, “hope springs eternal in the human breast”, and the same can be said for spring in Bavaria and Germany, the land often shrouded in grey. The reason for… Read More Spargel (Asparagus) Means Spring in Bavaria, and so much more (NF)
If any family has tried to find an apartment in Munich to rent over the last decade, through traditional channels like ads or real estate agents, they most certainly have run up against one of the major problems facing this city. It is impossible to find an apartment. The suspects are the same. There is… Read More Munich Caught between Two Stools, Modern and Traditional (NF)
When I first arrived in Munich back in 2000, I recall that for all the culture of this great berg, I could not find a decent cheeseburger. Eventually I discovered an American chain-hotel, the Marriot®, which had one that was passable. They did, however carry NFL® football games years before Germans took much interest in… Read More Cheeseburgers in Paradise (NF)
The money is gone. It isn’t coming back. Most of the Germans I’ve spoken to on the streets or in the cafes of Munich have known this since, like, FOR-EVER! Was there ever really any doubt? Not really. Hey Germans, your leaders have been lying to you! Or they are completely incompetent (as if they… Read More Germans Are Bad Actors
With all that’s been happening with the demonstrations for or against immigrants in Germany, I thought now might be a good time to look at a list of ten things I’ve done (or plan to do, if I can ever get a signature from my wife on a few of them) to integrate, and ingratiate,… Read More A Short List (for Beginners) on How to Integrate into Bavarian Culture (F)
It’s difficult to believe that spoken German is so difficult Just when you get close to understanding the grammar, have fewer holes in your vocabulary and you can begin to enunciate, you realize you can’t pronounce it! German sounds abrupt, and intense, with a sort of staccato sound of emphasis on the hard consonants like… Read More A Few Words in German I Stay Away from, and So Should You
My German sucks. It’s not as bad as my Russian, but it’s pretty bad. You’d think that after spending the better part of a dozen years in Munich, I’d have picked up a few more phrases beyond ordering beer and food in a restaurant. Priorities. My biggest problem (excuse) in learning German is that I’ve… Read More The Saxons Are Coming, Run for the Alps!