Archive for the 'German Life' category

Frankfurt's firefighters

Apr 27 2011 Published by under Cultural Observation, Expat Life, German Life

One of NYC's finest: a fireman.
Image: Katherine Kostreva.

One thing that I am painfully aware of is that Frankfurt's firefighters are definitely not made of the same stuff as the Adonises that populate NYC's fire departments (see above). And of course, I was rudely reminded of this sad fact again when yet another false alarm screamed through my apartment building at midday.

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Ich möchte nicht auf Deutsch sprechen

Mar 06 2011 Published by under Cultural Observation, Expat Life, German Life

I've lived in Germany for more than one year but I am ashamed to admit that, for the first time in my life, I've not learned to speak the language in a satisfactory way. Worse than labeling me an "Ugly American" is the fact that I am actually quite talented at picking up languages and accents -- I never really had to work at learning languages.

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Mainova suck

Feb 27 2011 Published by under Cultural Observation, German Life

Some of you might have noticed that Grrl and I were offline for much of last week. This, urrm, wasn't panned. But the lights went out.
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Telephoto Lens Advice Needed

MyZeil in der Regen (MyZeil in the rain).

Image: GrrlScientist, 27 July 2010 [larger view]

My photography skills are improving, so I am looking at purchasing a telephoto lens for my dSLR Nikon camera, and I need your help choosing the appropriate lens for what I will use it for. Initially, I plan to photograph soaring/flying and not-close-to-me birds, running horses, and other fast-moving objects, mostly (but not exclusively) in color. The lens should have a fast autofocus option, should not be too heavy (I've already got three lenses that I drag around with me, and am eyeing a couple more) and of course, should not be terribly expensive.
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Supermarket Tales

Aug 03 2010 Published by under Cultural Observation, German Life, Uncategorized

Grrl and I just went to the supermarket to get some stuff. We are debating whether to get another Alocasia, like this one:

Alocasia wentii

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Dream Life

Jul 10 2010 Published by under Art & Photography, German Life

Railroad Sunset (1929, oil on canvas).
Edward Hopper.

I've noticed that I've recently started to dream in German. Well, the people who pop up in my dreams are speaking German, and I seem to understand them and act accordingly, but I never speak in German in my dreams. Actually, I rarely say anything aloud in my dreams anymore; probably a reflection of real life.

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Fast Lane -- Shopping Carts

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Just a quick shopping trip? Here's a great invention: Some shopping carts -- "trolleys" for you Brits -- are pimped with a skateboard in a shopping center in Berlin, Germany. Up for some extra shopping fun?

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Ravel on the Vuvuzela

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Those of you who think Germans can't laugh have not lived in Germany. Die Zeit (The Time), a left-leaning German weekly newspaper that is highly respected for its quality journalism, has recorded a vuvuzela mini-concert. In this charming video, three brass players from the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, led by "ensemble abrassador," Helge von Niswandt, give a mock-solemn demonstration of the musical properties of the vuvuzela. They do their level best with the chorale theme from Brahms's First Symphony -- "the famed vuvuzela chorale" -- and a bit of Ravel's Boléro.

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Fast Lane -- The Rocket

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A sound system turns the ride into a rocket take-off. Welcome on-board! This is the fast lane for elevators ...

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Fast Lane -- The Slide

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A long staircase. Next to it a slide. Which way would you go? This is an ad that was created in a subway station in Berlin. Makes me want to visit.

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