Tag Archives: Germany

Failure of the 3 Month Language Challenge. Time to start over.

My ambitious challenge to become conversational in German in just three months failed due to one reason alone : I did not make learning German a priority. Yes, I went to my twice weekly classes, did all my homework, spoke … Continue reading

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A Very German New Year’s

This New Year’s, thanks to the hospitality of German friends both old and new, I was able to celebrate New Year’s Eve German style.  We ate an incredible amount of delicious food before the obligatory watching of Dinner for One. … Continue reading

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The Delicious Death of Frau Dietz’s Pumpkin

Pumpkins are serious business in Germany.  Unlike in Australia where pumpkins are available all year around, in Germany they are only available for about 1-2 months. Therefore pumpkin season is eagerly awaited by everyone but none so more than me … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Week One

I have now been speaking German in the office for one week. In that week, I’ve come to realised just how much German I need to learn.  It is a little daunting, but I always knew that the road ahead … Continue reading

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My Love Life Is DOA

There should probably be a ban against using lines from the Friends theme song as blog titles, but it is so damn fitting that it was literally screaming out to be used. Apologises to everyone who has an adverse reaction … Continue reading

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My First Year in Deutschland

Today, a year ago, I arrived in Hamburg with a suitcase, a backpack and a job offer, not knowing a single soul, barely a word of German and being an emotional wreck from the sudden ending of a 10 year … Continue reading

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Return from Oz

I’m now back in the northern hemisphere after my two week visit to Australia. I spent an amazingly wonderful weekend with my friends in Sydney which was not longer enough and two weeks with my parents which was too long. … Continue reading

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Germany: The Land of Clean Toilets

When tourists visit Germany one of the things they most complain about is having to pay to use the toilet.  Using a public restroom in Germany can cost anywhere from 20c to €1. However, paying to use the toilet is … Continue reading

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Rethinking The Way I Eat

Before I moved to Germany I had an entirely different eating pattern. I had toast or crumpets for breakfast, a sandwich or sushi for lunch and then a standard dinner.  Here in Germany, I grab a ham & cheese croissant … Continue reading

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My First Solo Taxi Ride

I’ve been kinda terrified to get a taxi by myself whilst living here in Germany.  I really don’t know why.  It probably comes from my very first days here when my German was non existent and everything was scary and … Continue reading

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