Category Archives: Living in Germany

Parlez-Vous German?

When I was at school, many moons ago, I studied French for one of my O Levels, and was awarded a grade B. Not bad at all for someone who simply wasn’t very good at languages and just didn’t enjoy them … Continue reading

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The evil of a car

I have touched on this before. Germans and their cars. But I have been driving here for a while now and my observations – and remember these are only my observations – are fairly stark: Germans in their cars are … Continue reading

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Going back in time Part 2 – A fan of pfand

A case of 20 bottles of the local Pils (each half a litre) in the local supermarket in Germany costs about 6 euro. That works out at 60 cents per litre. But don’t worry, beer here isn’t that expensive. When … Continue reading

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Cheers

I’m a real ale man. Always have been. Drink it at room temperature, preferably in a mug. I’ve never liked lager – too fizzy. To my mind, you need to drink lager cold because that anaesthetises the mouth so you don’t … Continue reading

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Going mobile

Before I start my new job, I thought it only fair to get myself a German mobile number. I am sure I shall soon outlive my “fair use while roaming” allowance and anyway, my new work colleagues are presumably going … Continue reading

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Just pop across

I decided to pop over to France today for a little visit. I stayed for less than a couple of hours, but it got me thinking. In England, to get to another country is quite an undertaking (I don’t mean England … Continue reading

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Beware of cars when driving!

Driving in Germany as a Brit is not without its challenges. I can absolutely confirm that they have motorways with no speed limits at all, and this can be quite scary if you aren’t used to it. Driving along their … Continue reading

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Going back in time …

I spent a year in Stuttgart in the late 80’s and an abiding memory I had of that time was that shops were often closed at weekends. Most shops had half day closing on Saturday (with the exception of the … Continue reading

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Going Underground

I have now seen a fair few German houses and noticed a big difference with UK houses: the German ones always have cellars. [Remember that this is merely a log of my observations – your mileage may vary – and … Continue reading

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Bagger this!

Baggersee, literally translated, means excavator lake. It is a lake that has come about after the excavation of land, and there are many of them in Germany. Some of them have been declared safe to swim in and in fine … Continue reading

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