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!
Twas the last weekend before Christmas And all through the town It felt almost tropical There was no ice around. Not a snowflake had fallen Only rain fell in sheets Like any spring evening There were puddles on the streets. No mulled wine stand was crowded Everyone preferred a cold beer Short sleeves… Read More Twas the Global Warmed Weekend Before Christmas
I was feeling much in the Christmas spirit, so I decided to donate my old TV and the piece of furniture it stood on for the last decade to some local, less-fortunate inhabitants of this fair burg. Also, my wife had been pestering me for a few months that she wanted it out of our… Read More Christmas Charity and Sunday Sidewalk Steals, Munich Style
Translated from the original Dear Chancellor Merkel, I know Saint Nicholas and Santa aren’t real, so Poppa said I should ask you to help. Here’s my wish list for Christmas. Recently, my school class began a project to learn about government. It is boring for many. But not me – I like it. My Poppa talks… Read More A Christmas Wish List to the Chancellor of Germany from Ingo Fuchs, 9
I met Jim here in Munich in 2002, in a month warm enough to drink a beer while sitting in a beer garden. He was sitting alone at the same table as four of my friends and me, reading a USA Today newspaper. He seemed like a nice enough fellow, typical American Midwest, neat, organized, thorough.… Read More A Birthday Bash to Forget