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Never Vacuum on a Sunday

Even though I have been living in Germany long enough to know just about everything useful, today I was confronted with something brand new.  Even though I…

Applying U.S. or U.K. University

It's Fall and I am reminiscing about the times when choosing our pumpkins for carving was the biggest challenge of October.  Put out the newspaper on the…

The 2016 Kiss and Tell Guide To Berlin

I first published this guide in Nov 2014 but seeing as it is summer and I am getting so many visitors at the moment, I thought I…

How to make the world a friendlier place

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post in response to a reader’s question about the unfriendliness in Berlin. Within that post I wrote about the…

New year.....

We arealready in the middle of January, how did that happen in the blink of an eye. My boys had an extended winter break this year so…

Excuses for being MIA for the last few months

I have just had a look and I last posted in August.......I apologise for my lack of posts but I do have a fairly valid excuse. At…

Linguine with Roasted Beets, Tarragon & Caraway Seeds

This tops my list as one of the most stunning entrees prepared in a very long time.  With thanks to Viviane Bauquet Fair of FoodandStyle this was…

Bombay Potatoes

Not only has the Thermomix completely changed my approach to cooking, it’s also opened my eyes to the wide range of spices and flavours in the Indian…

Insider Tips: Eating Out in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_77" align="alignright" width="300"] Am Hackeschen Markt | At Hackescher Markt© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien[/caption] If you know where to look, Berlin can be a foodie’s dream.…

Top Five Berlin Events of 2017

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale) ©visitBerlin, Foto: Tanja Koch One of the greatest benefits of living in the city of Berlin is its wide variety of interesting events.…

Urban Sports Club : Just Do It. Just got easier.

Berlin is a big city with a lot of variety –being such a diverse city - this is the perfect spot to expose yourself to different cultures,…

Life is a Cabaret - and we are all in it Together.

I think it is funny how you go through life thinking you are such a unique being and find out as you age you are one of…

February’s Adventure, Exploring the Great Indoors

It’s still cold in Hamburg. Not only cold but windy and rainy.  What does that mean?  Well, it’s the perfect time to explore the great indoors! Luckily…

Hamburg's Melting Pot, Sternschanze

There is a certain freedom to living in a big city. Although people with similar interests and styles still tend to create their own communities, there are…

ALFILM - Arab Film Festival Berlin 2016

[caption id="attachment_140" align="alignright" width="300"] © Alfilm[/caption] For seven years, the Arab Film Festival Berlin (A.K.A. ALFILM) has provided Germany with its largest platform for Arabic films. It…

TOO DRUNK TO WATCH - Punk Film Fest Berlin 2016

With the tag line "Love Movies, Hate Fascism", the Punk Film Festival Berlin is back for its fifth year. With films from, about, and with Punk, resistance,…

Elbphilharmonie Opening

Yesterday, , a ceremony and the inaugural concert marked the official opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. The concert hall is the new musical heart of the northern…

Friends of Britain donate 18.000 Euro to charities

On 31 October Friends of Britain e.V. invited volunteers who worked to make British Flair 2016 a success to the Anglo-German Club to say thank you and…

Meet Minnie - Cat of the Week

Minnie is a former outdoor cat; he came to the Tierschutzverein fuer Berlin (Berlin Animal Shelter) when his owner could no longer care for him. He was…

Meet Mia - Cat of the Week

[caption id="attachment_297" align="aligncenter" width="108"] Reproduced with permission from the Tierschutzverein fuer Berlin[/caption] This is Mia’s second time in the Tierschutzverein fuer Berlin (Berlin Animal Shelter), she is…

Churchill ***1/2

In June 1944, the past keeps pulling at Winston Churchill’s conscience, as the present demands his attention. World War II at 1,736 days and the Allies need…

Berlin Syndrome **

With her earlier films Somersault (2004) and Lore (2012), director Cate Shortland proved her ability to make nuanced female-centric films on difficult subject matters. So when she was…

Breaking Walls in Berlin

When we live in a conflict country, we live our lives in fear and misstrust. We do not recognize the other side as human. We, at ‘Breaking…

Community Life in Berlin

A person moves to a new country, a new city. He knows no one and has no family in this country. The language is weird and bureaucracy…

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