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  • “German for beginners” …. or, funny German proverbs

    

    Germany has quite an obsession for its little sayings, phrases and proverbs. You may be learning German already or have a basic knowledge of the language, but all the sudden you are complete at loss in a conversation, because your conversation partner starts talking about an elephant in a porcelain store or a gifted horse… like what in the hell???

  • “Zum Brückle” a nice Restaurant near Kelley Barracks

    

    For someone like me who has lived in the Stuttgart area for over 20 years it is possible to miss out on some great local restaurants.

    Last Sunday, my family and I visited a restaurant that we’ve always known about, driven passed, but never stopped to have a meal.

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  • 15th International Fireworks Festival, “Flaming Stars,” August 18 – 20, 2017

    

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    Firework madness!

    Germany may not be known for huge firework celebrations, like the 4th of July parties back in America,

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  • A crazy day at Disneyland Paris

    

    You may call us crazy, but last month we decided to take our kids to Disneyland in Paris. I do have to add, our kids are 19 and 15, but they had been bugging to going back to Disney for years now. So what do good parents do? You eventually give in, sit

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  • Advent time is Christmas market time in Germany

    

    The official start to the Christmas season here in Germany has to be the lighting of the first candle on the Advent wreath, which is usually also the time that most of the big Christmas markets open up. The Christmas markets have to be one of the most anticipated

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  • Autumn crafts

    

    Germans love doing arts and crafts, especially during times of transition, like in the spring or fall. Families will often flock to the forests and fields on nice, sunny fall days, in order to gather supplies and ideas for their projects. Then on the gloomier, rainy

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  • Bad Wimpfen and Burg Guttenberg - A lovely day trip

    

    Bad Wimpfen and Burg Guttenberg are located in the beautiful Neckar Plain about an hour by car from Stuttgart or 1,5 hours from Kaiserslautern. Take the first exit on the highway A6 going towards Mannheim, the exit Neckarsulm and then head toward Mosbach. But beware – there

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  • Barefoot Parks

    

    If you like the outdoors and want to treat your family to a natural, down to earth experience, these parks may just be the thing for you. Barefoot parks or dedicated barefoot trails are set up mainly for barefoot walking and playing. These open parks provide families the

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  • Be safe in the water

    

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    The hot summer months are fast approaching, and one of the most popular things to do in Germany is spending those days at one of the many pools or lakes.

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  • Bestwhisky Stuttgart Whiskyfestival

    

    Bestwhisky, a store with quite a promise, is located only about six miles, or 10 minutes, away from Patch Barracks in the Rotenwaldstreet 41, Stuttgart 70197. My first thought upon entering the store was, “feel free to lock me up in here and throw away the key!!”

  • Black Forest cake

    

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    For sweet tooth under us, we added a recipe for the one and only, the world famous Black Forest cake. Authentic with a little dash of cherry spirit and beautiful

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  • Caterpillar invasion

    

    You may have seen them on the news, or even out when you are walking around town or the woods. I am talking about caterpillars, oak processionary caterpillars in particular.

  • Do you like steaks?

    

    We tested Stuttgarts steak restaurants for you. The same question keeps popping up on the Facebook pages and groups, “Where do they serve great steaks?” We checked out 3 restaurants and really would like to recommend you one of them.

  • Europa Park - Theme Park & Resort

    

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    Germany's Largest Seasonal Theme Park with over 14 roller coasters, water rides, and a number of exciting theatrical shows! Experience the sights, sounds,

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  • Filderkraut Party!!

    

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    It is well known that Germany celebrates all kinds of harvests, the

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  • German Gemuetlichkeit meets alcohol

    

    To this day Germany has one of the highest alcohol consumption worldwide, beat by only a few other countries. But drinking here, is very different to what you may be accustomed to from back home in the States. In this piece we will talk about the differences of drinking, alcohol laws

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  • Halloween at the Wilhelma

    

    Creepy, haunted hour with spooky spirits

    hen giant spiders build their nets, pale skeletons hide behind bushes, then it is time for the creepiest day at the Wilhelma. Witches, vampires and ghosts are taking over leadership at the zoological- botanical garden in Stuttgart on

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  • Halloween in Germany and its Roots

    

    Halloween is one of the oldest celebrations in human history, the roots of which are buried deep in the traditional Gaelic Festival of Samhain. Originally Halloween was more of a Fall Harvest celebration, as the year of the Celts ended on October 31st . The summer was over,

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  • Haunted Germany

    

    Today most Germans are usually not very superstitious, black cats, broken mirrors, or Friday the 13th doesn’t faze them anymore. Nevertheless, Germany is a place where you often feel, time standing still. Town centers can take you back to the middle ages and dark

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  • Heating your German home

    

    It´s that time of the year again, it is getting chilly outside, and the heaters are slowly being turned on. Every year the German-American Facebook groups and pages are then slammed with posts about “the walls  suddenly turning moldy” or “the heater making ‚off‘

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  • Homemade onion cake

    

    With the end of the summer comes the end of light eating, yes!! Feel free to cheer! Out with the salads, light fruity cakes and grilled meat and in with thick gravy’s, hearty meats and layered creamy cakes. Fall is the time where food is plentiful, celebrated and fruit is

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  • Hotel "Bell Rock" at the Europa Park

    

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    Entering the parking area of the New England style hotel “Bell Rock” at the Europa Park was like entering a different era, especially once we parked and

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  • It’s Horb time!!

    

    Hear ye, Hear ye!!

    In just one month the gates for the famous Horb knight games will open. Horb, located 35 miles south of Stuttgart at the A81, is one of the largest medieval markets in the Europe. This medieval festival doesn’t just lure its visitors in with an

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  • It’s that time of the year again…. Daylights saving time

    

    This Saturday Clocks in Germany are falling back one hour, going from 3 am to 2 am, gifting us one extra hour of sleep.

  • Medieval Christmas Magic in Esslingen

    

    Christmas markets are one of the most popular attractions during the winter month in Germany. Every larger city has one and everyone has their own little perks. One of the most charming markets has to be the medieval Christmas market in Esslingen. The market is located

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  • Mingling with the Germans

    

    While living here in Germany, you may encounter some of us natives and more often then not friendships bloom. Especially if you live off base, you might strike up a neighborly conversation or get to know the other parents from your child’s daycare, kindergarten or school. This whole

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  • Minister opens new Snow Leopard enclosure in the Stuttgart Wilhelma during celebration

    

    The Snow Leopards at the Wilhelma have something great to look forward to: the zoologic-botanical garden in Stuttgart built a beautiful large outdoor areal on a steep slope, exclusively for the climbing enthusiastic cats. Edith Sitzmann, the finance minister of the state of

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  • Mother's Day crafts at the Wilhelma

    

    The Wilhelma in Stuttgart is offering a special free event for Mother’s Day this weekend.

  • Not only jumping jacks at the SPRUNGBUDE!

    

    The people that know me would probably all agree that I am not a work out kind of girl… so let’s just say I was more than surprised when I was told to check out a fitness place… oh dear, poor me. So, off I went to see what the big hype was about.

  • PCS (Permanent Change of Station) - tips and tricks

    

    Summertime is moving time, and one of the things that stresses people out the most is turning that rented apartment or house back to the landlord. Fearing that last walk-through, hoping and praying he finds nothing needing to be fixed or deducted from the

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  • Perfect furry companions

    One question that comes up all the time in any spouse or pet group is where to find a puppy or kitten in Germany.

    Germany does not support the sale of cats or dogs in pet stores since they are viewed as animals that need to live in a social environment.
    There are plenty of places to get puppies and kittens from; you

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  • Popular summer refreshments in Germany

    

    It is finally here! Summer… it felt like this year was going to stay cold and rainy, but now the sun has made an appearance, the temperatures are climbing and the people are heading outside to enjoy the weather.
    It really does not matter if you are the public beer garden type or like to soak in the warm

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  • Recycling in Germany

    

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    Different trash cans

    Usually the trash is sorted into the following:

  • Researching your Heritage while in Germany

    

    Like many others, Americans love researching their roots. May it be heading you south of the border, to Asia or perhaps towards Africa… but if your family lines bring you to Germany, you should definitely come prepared if you want to pursue your research “in the

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  • Shine with a special gift this Valentine’s day

    

    Though celebrating Valentine's Day has only become popular within the last few decades in Germany, there are several traditions the Germans have taken on whole-heartedly. This includes giving cards, sweet treats, gifts and flowers to their loved ones on this special day.

  • SIGMARINGEN CASTLE

    

    “Visitors are amazed when I say that Sigmaringen is Germany’s most important castle,” the guide says with a smile. “But this castle belonged to, and still belongs to, the Hohenzollern dynasty that played a vital role in German history.” Towering on a

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  • Souvenirs, souvenirs, souvenirs!

    

    As many of you are going through the PCS madness, I know- just about now, you are writing a mental list of last minute shopping trips of things to bring back to the states. Your parents want something from Germany, Auntie Maggie made sure to remind you on your last phone

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  • Spicy ground beef cheese balls with bell pepper sauce and baked potatoes

    

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    This dish is a flavor bomb, that’s for sure. Usually I try not to use the same fresh herb twice in one dish, but Oregano is very prominent in this

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  • Stuttgart - History and interesting facts

    

    For all of you who are new to Stuttgart, or not just new to Stuttgart, but new to Germany – Welcome, to Germany and to Stuttgart. Stuttgart is not only my hometown, but, with over 620,000 residents, the largest city in the state of Baden-Wuertemberg. It is also the B-W

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  • Stuttgart USO´s 25th Annual Golf Tournament

    Stuttgart USO´s 25th Annual Golf TournamentThis past July the USO Stuttgart held its 25th annual Golf Tournament at Golf Club Hammetweil (4 Stars) in Neckartenzlingen. This tournament is not only meant to provide a little bit of recreation and entertainment for service members and their families—it helps to strengthen the bond

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  • Surprise Mom and Dad with a trip back in time!!!

    

    The German Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are right around the corner, perfect time for a little day trip. Gondwana, das Praehistorium is offering an amazing deal to celebrate those special holidays with

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  • Survey results

    

    Since some of the participants showed quite an interest in the outcome of my survey, I figured I would share some of the results with you.

    But first I would like to express my great appreciation to all participants and supporters that stepped in and helped me on my way to success on the bachelor thesis.

    I would like to present you a summary of work that I think

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  • Sweaty Windows

    

    Would you believe it if I told you that German windows sweat?

    Most likely not, and they really don’t…but, when the cold season starts, you may notice water collecting on the windows inside your home. This condensation can ruin wooden

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  • The 172nd Canstatter Volksfest

    

    The worldwide second largest beer fest is, right after the Oktoberfest, the Stuttgart or better the Cannstatter Volksfest. As every year, starting on Sept 22nd, 2017 until Oct 8th, 2017; it’s time to head to the "Wasen”.

  • The 200th birthday of the bicycle

    

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    The bicycle is celebrating its 200th birthday on June 12th this year. This popular vehicle has quite a moving history.

  • The 5th season in Germany

    

    You may have noticed that stores are setting up party items, costumes and streamers. No, Germany is not having a blow out on Halloween costumes, but is preparing the high season of Karneval, Fasching or as Americans may know it, Mardi Grass. You

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  • The 70th Annual “Fellbacher Herbst”, October 6th - 9th, 2017

    

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    The Cannstatt Volksfest is now coming to an end, and after two weeks of beer being sold by “Maß”, it’s about time for something new, don‘t you

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  • The Advent Calendar

    

    One of the most anticipated Christmas traditions every year has to be the Adventskalender or Advent-Calendar. Choosing just the right one, is of the most important things for children as it marks the beginning of the Christmas season for them. We have all heard at

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  • The Easter Lamb

    

    A couple weeks before Easter you may start noticing that German bakeries offer little lambs, made from biscuit, a cake very similar to the American pound cake. They are sold glazed or just dusted with confectioner’s sugar and often carry or wear a

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  • The Landlord dilemma

    

    One of the biggest issues and fears when people get over here to Germany has to be ending up with a nightmare Landlord. As an admin for a “Landlord troubles group” on Facebook, I see the complaints and horror stories on a daily basis. While there are always two sides to a story, a lot

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  • The mild weather is inviting the meerkat triplets outside to play

    

    After the freezing temperatures, mild weather is finally on the radar and with that comes not only the bloom of the snowdrops.  We finally get to see the 3 new additions of the meerkats; peeking out of their holes at the Wilhelma. The

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  • The Stuttgart Caravan, Motor and Touristic or CMT Trade fair

    

    If you are a passionate traveler, or just a weekend trip fan this fair is right up your alley and a must visit, for sure. Hosted by Stuttgart, you have a whole 9 days to check out the craziness, starting January 13th and ending on January 21st, 2018.

  • The Stuttgart Weindorf – wine village

    

    For 12 days Stuttgart will be celebrating wine and great food. Local specialties, sweets and over 250 different wines are there to represent the area.

  • The Stuttgart Zoo, Wilhelma, one of the most beloved zoos in Germany

    

    The Stuttgart zoo is one of the largest and well-known zoos within Germany, it draws in over 2.1 million visitors every year. The park covers an area of almost 70 acres, about the size of 40 football fields and is bordered by the Neckar river and

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  • The United Service Organization

    uso.orgOr simply put, the USO, is a non-profit organization that provides services, programs, and events for the United States military‘s service members and their families. Established by President Roosevelt in 1941 in preparation for the Second World War, the USO celebrated its 75th anniversary this

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  • Ticks in Germany

    

    Ticks are widely spread all over Europe and especially Germany. Ticks themselves are not dangerous, yes, they bite… but the bite itself isn’t any worse then a mosquito bite. What makes the ticks so dangerous is that they carry diseases and pass them on to their host.

  • Tips and tricks to live through the big move overseas

    

    Living in Europe, traveling, seeing the old world…these are usually the visions families have when getting the news of a new duty station overseas. But then reality hits and there it is, the pile of “what to do next” and “how to do that”. Thankfully the internet has made things much

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  • US weekend at the Schwabengarten from Sept. 7th to Sept. 9th

    

    Germans love a good party, and even more so when great food is involved. This weekend the Schwabengarten in Leinfelden is hosting a special party. A party to celebrate all that makes America great and to show some appreciation to our American friends!

  • Vehicle Museum Marxzell "Fahrzeugmuseum Marxzell"

    

    The Marxzell Car Museum is an hour drive from Stuttgart or 1.5 hours from Kaiserslautern. Coming from Stuttgart, take the exit Karlsbad on the A8 to Karlsruhe. At the exit turn left, and then you're only 20 minutes away from the museum. From Kaiserslautern go via Neustadt to Karlsruhe,

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  • Village Festivals

    

    During the warm summer months and especially during summer break, Germans have festivals and celebrations all over. Particularly popular are village or town celebrations.  The festivals are usually hosted by the city, while in smaller communities, clubs and villages get

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  • What in the world is a “Schultüte”?

    

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    With Summerbreak almost over, stores are stocking their shelves with school supplies for the new school year. The isles and baskets are overloaded with

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  • When Grandma had to fix it

    

    Frankfurt Bonobo baby is finding a family at the Wilhelma. When Grandma had to fix it. Hopes are that the reunion with his grannie Kombote will be the fix for the little Bonobo from Frankfurt. Xhosa will receive his second chance to grow up with his kind in the zoologic-botanical

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  • Winter tire law in Germany

    

    Winter is coming to Germany and while you may have been told putting winter tires on your car is law, you might have been left in the dark when it comes to the specifics, or where given hieroglyphic remarks like “from O till O” or “have to have the snowflake symbol, but

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  • You know you’ve been in Germany too long if… The Together Magazine version

    

    The green Ampelmann – Green man on the pedestrian light

    -you wait, alongside hundreds of other people, until a traffic light turns green, even if there’s no car in sight. You wait patiently to cross the street when the little man is red, because you are afraid that some old

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  • Youngest Bongo calf is exploring the outside for the first time

    

    The Bongos in the Wilhelma seem to be enjoying their enclosure, that was renovated in 2016, very much. Those extremely rare forest antelopes, here in the Stuttgart zoologic-botanic garden, had a baby again this year…just like 2017. Mother Asante gave birth to a calf on March

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  • Zwiebelkuchen and Federweisser

    

    As you may have noticed, there are little stands and booths popping up all over the place, especially at grocery stores or at your local farmers markets. They are advertising “neuer Wein”, “Federweisser” or “neuer Suesser” and it all really means the

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