48 hours in Berlin

November 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm

According to legend, Berlin’s residents take pride in being blunt to the point of grumpiness. The phenomenon even has a name: The Berliner Schnauze (“Berliner snout”).

Are the Berliners hard done by? Or is the reputation deserved?

Either way, Berlin … Read more

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A weekend in Vienna’s coffee houses (Wiener Kaffeehäuser)

September 4, 2013 at 8:47 am

A weekend in Amsterdam’s coffee shops is a tourist cliché. Turn up, shell out, skin up.

Wanna go and see the Van Gogh museum? Nah, I’m comfy here and the hot chocolate is lovely.

Time spent in Vienna’s coffee houses, … Read more

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Aber doch! Some confusing German words

August 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

Munich

When you are learning a language, some words translate neatly back into your first language and others do not. If you are an English speaker learning German, the particles may prove particularly challenging. But your perseverance will pay off: understanding … Read more

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Politicians speaking other languages

June 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

Here, for your entertainment, is a selection of clips of politicians, past and present, speaking foreign languages.

Mitt Romney speaking French

Vladimir Putin speaking English

Would you believe the Russian leader speaks good English? He kept that a secret.

Arnold … Read more

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The wonderful world of wurst

April 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

Photo: Richard Cottrell

The humble sausage has a history longer than a jumbo hotdog. They even appeared in Homer’s Odyssey. But where in the world has the sausage been developed to the point of perfection?

Spicy Spanish chorizo tastes sublime … Read more

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Cases – German instruments of torture

April 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Photo: Frédéric Reisgen

The 8th century was an age of cruelty, where plagues decimated the populations of Europe, human sacrifices to the gods were not unknown and enslavement was an occupational hazard.

A recognisable version of the German language … Read more

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