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These Germans save the world – come help them

If you have followed the news about these Germans, you may have noticed that their image has changed over the last years. After being accused of suppressing Southern Europe with austerity politics, more recently reports about the open border policy regarding refugees have taken over the headlines. Almost every person I met abroad in the… Read more »

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Meet the infamous camping spreadsheet

In Lisa’s last post she revealed the secret of German camping organisation: The almighty Excel spreadsheet! If you thought that was just a funny product of her imagination in order to get a good laugh, you’re mislead. This list actually exists and it started to become a living organism on its own, who knows what… Read more »

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How to socialise with Germans

Apparently, socialising with us Germans is different from socialising with other people. Instead of superficial, meaningless pleasantries we actually give you a piece of our mind if you ask for it. I have been received with bewilderment, if not silent judgement because I told things as they are instead of sugarcoating it. Admittedly, I might… Read more »

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How to open beer with anything

It’s Wiesn-season and although the nice waitress already filled the Stein for you (see picture above) it might come handy in other situations to know how to open beer bottles with practically everything that you can grab. It is not only a stereotype that Germans can open Kronkorken with other bottles, lighters, cutlery or body… Read more »

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Notes on a German

Tom recently told me about a project idea; a blog that helps people to become more organised. I gently encouraged him, who better to undertake such a task than the (overly organised) German engineer! I mean, really, could there be anybody more fitting to the stereotype? I was pleased when he asked me to contribute… Read more »

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How to master your long-distance relationship

So if you followed Julia’s flirt instructions in the last post, you should by now have been able to find a German partner. Congratulations, lucky you! As a recent study reported, Germans have been voted the best lovers among OECD countries (a representative group of 1000 Germans was questioned). But what’s their secret? Is it… Read more »

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How to organise an epic party – ze German way

Believe it or not, us Germans like to party. Big time. There’s a reason why the world’s best beer is made in Germany (no need to be jealous, dear Czechs). Because when Germans organise a party, everything has to be top-notch, even the booze. So let me guide you through the finely engineered process of… Read more »

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Choosing dinner, the engineer’s way

Friday evening – Feierabend! It’s been a long week of making the world a better place, but ensuring mankind’s progress can make you hungry and crave a yummy dinner. There’s only a slight problem: Your fridge is filled with the finest ingredients but you just can’t decide what to prepare! Of course the Germans have… Read more »

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Finding electric wiring like a boss

Handymen or women know the problem: You would like to drill a nice hole in your living room wall in order to hang some pictures or install a TV or lamp wall mount. No biggie! You just get your beloved HILTI ready and get really excited about using this awesome tool, showing the concrete wall… Read more »

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The key to not always lose these keys

Do you belong to the kind of people who always lose their keys, wallet, phone or other important stuff in the depth of their own apartment? Most people carry these things around with them in their pockets or purse but admit it, you change into comfy sweatpants right after you enter the door and you… Read more »