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Culture Don't mention the war

Discussion in 'Europe' started by XTREMO, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    You just need to recognise the individual components, although in this case it is a bit trickier
    Kraft=strong/heavy fahrzeug=vehicle haftpflicht=liability versicherung=insurance
    I initially missed the haft part and read pflicht=compulsory
    and I guess fahrzeug itself consists fahr=drive & zeug=thing
     
  2. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh yes, how did I forget that one? drive-thing. More lulz

    Came across rollstuhl a few days ago. I guess our version (wheelchair) is just as overtly literal.
     
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    Was on first class train carriage from Vienna as a teenager that was unfamiliar with the way Germans spoke. Of course the chap working in the dining car spoke very correct German. I asked him for a pair of sausages and he looked at me strangely. Eventually we worked it out although i think he was kinda taking the piss because of my Pinzgau accent. To him it was ein paar wustchen. To me it was pronounced a boar woorshteln.
     
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    Steppenwolf did an instrumental called Earschplittenloudenboomer...
     
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    Bato One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Food with a lot of calories is known as a "Kalorienbombe" LOL brilliant.
     
  6. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    My early Germanic experiences were quite amusing. On my first backpacking trip to Berlin, I met a Swiss girl in a hostel. We hit it off. She invited me to come visit her in Switz. At the end of my travels, I did just that and tacked on a week in her beautiful little country farmhouse style property in Munchenbuchsee, a bit outside of Bern.

    So we're sitting 'round a cosy 4 seater dinner table one night for a fondue dinner with her sister and sister's boyfriend. His knee rubbed against mine under the table. I made a casual joke saying "stop trying to play footsies with me under the table". They all started laughing hysterically. It was then that I became aware the "footsie" sounds exactly like "fotze"; their equivalent to our C word and a word far more taboo and totally unacceptable in most decent circles.
     
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  7. Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    I used to live around the corner from Dichhardstrasse.

    My Berliner friends said Betzalen bitte.

    The Old East had so many treasures to discover when i lived there in the early 2000s. Most of them have probably been rebuilt now.

    Booze isn't a problem in Germany because as a rule is very poor form to get drunk in public. I upset a lot of people over there before I figured that one out.

    The Goethe Institute was pricey, but got me from understanding under 100 words to bring able to hold a conversation for a couple of hours in 3 months.

    When you call up do you explain that you're Australian? Helps a lot in those circumstances.
     
  8. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah I hear good things about Goethe. I may bite the bullet and do it for a few months. Just need to ensure I'll have the time and will get my money's worth.

    Good shout. I might try the "Ich komme aus Australien" thing and see if that buys me some patience.
     
  9. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh another bit of German weirdness I was just reminded of by my drilling thread. Most rental places don't come with in built kitchen cabinets, sinks and appliances. If you don't want the hassle of purchasing and installing a kitchen, you need to only look at rental ads that state "einbaukuechen" (in built kitchen). I found that pretty weird at first.

    On the other hand, rental ads in Germany chuck shade on rental ads in the other countries I've lived in. They contain far more useful information. Every ad shows the square metreage of the property, the energy consumption, the type and speed of internet available, the year of build, the year it was last renovated.

    In the UK, you get told the number of bedrooms + whatever else the vendor feels like highlighting. No true indicator of size or sensible way of comparing options.

    it will feel weird going back to the non German way at some stage in the future.
     
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  10. Ozgirl

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    I remember staying with friends in Stuttgart and they were very proud of their freshly renovated kitchen that they had done themselves! And then found out it was only a rental!!
     
  11. Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    Renting in Germany is more like owning. You can renovate, add fixtures and fittings and it is very hard to be evicted.
     
  12. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep all very well if one plans to stay long term but if its a trial/short term/uncertain length of time, then it is a bit painful plunging cash into someone else's property. I insisted on an in-built kitchen.

    A bit of a market seems to be developing here in Berlin for short fixed term furnished rentals, due to the growth in the tech sector.
     
  13. Telemark Phat

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    I only shared when I lived in Berlin, but that was a good 15 years ago so I'm sure things have changed, but their rental system is set up to favour the life long renter over the landlord.
     
  14. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep, absolutely. Tenants' rights rule here.
     
  15. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    This excellent article on the ongoing Brexit "negotiations", explores the differences in the way Germans and British people communicate and why Angie might be a bit miffed at Theresa not seeming to get the message that no means no.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-37799805

    Speaking of Angie, I can't believe I forgot to tell an anecdote! I Met her a couple of weeks back. She was doing her Friday night shopping in the famous Galleries Lafayette food hall. I asked her security detail if it was ok to take a pic. "No. No it is not ok".

    Ok then.

    Went on our way, went up escalator to next level and waited around for mother in law to buy some perfume. While waiting, Angie came up the nearby escalator and walked past us. I said "Hallo Frau Merkel" and she smiled and said "Hallo" back. Wife nearly fainted she was so excited.
     
  16. Telemark Phat

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    Galleries Lafayette is pretty stunning, but I recon the KaDeWe food Hall in Berlin is the best in the world.
     
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    Hmmmm. Germans invading French retail territory. Who'd have thunk it? :eek::D
     
  18. Randy

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    Germany isn't famous for it's food so I wouldn't imagine much of what's in the food hall would be local cuisine.
     
  19. Legs Akimbo

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    Is it as good as the Paris original? That is a department store.

    [​IMG]Galeries Lafayette
     
  20. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    yeah Kadewe is v impressive. Haven't visited it for a year or two though.

    Here's the shot that wifey snapped of Angie escaping from me.

     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    No, from memory its not. But then again, very few shops are.
     
  22. Telemark Phat

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    Germany is famous for its food with anyone who knows food.
     
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    The whole store peaked compared to Lafayette it Harrods for example, but the food hall for mine beats them all.
     
  24. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    What food did you like over here mate?

    Leading up to our move, I was quite excited and thought it'd be great to have schnitzels, currywurst and good Turkish food on tap. I've tired of it already. Was always good when we visited but not daily diet. And I miss the places we used to frequent in London. Not to mention Aus food, the calibre of which one only appreciates when you've lived abroad.

    In general I find the food to be pretty heavy over here and having now tried lots and lots of different places, the general quality isn't great. You really need to know where to go. We've found a few decent Italian joints, a couple of good Mexican ones, yet to find decent thai. Apparently the thai phase was around the time you were here. Nowdays its all Viet. In bioth the apartments we've lived in, we've had upwards of 25 Vietnamese restaurants within a 10 min walk of our door. Its everywhere here. And I'm not a big fan of it.

    Where the German food is undoubtedly good, is when it comes to seasonal cuisine. Mushrooms, asparagus, goose, strawberries etc. I can't think of all the stuff off the top of my head now but I think that at every timne of the year, there are a few things that are in season and basically everyone eats lots of whatever it is. My wife loves all that stuff. I don't like most of it.

    German bakeries. Hmmmm, well the Germans love their own bread and think its better than any other bread. They're entitled to think that. I don't really love it so much. Again, too heavy. German bread places seem to be doing well in Sydney these days so others must like it. Again - I thought the copious quantity and (allegedly) high quality of German bakeries would be great but I'm tiring of their fare too. And for a country that loves a bit of pork, there's a conspicuous absence of cheese and bacon flavoured stuff; a something I'm quite partial too!
     
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    This.
     
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    sara777 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    That is an excellent article indeed, thank you for posting.

    And I do love german bread! When I first came to Oz, I couldn't understand how the wonder white stuff could be called bread :D I still cannot eat this:

    [​IMG]
     
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    That 'bread' is more accurately called 'soap'. Or so it seems when you try and eat it. I don't think I could eat German bread all the time, but I do quite like it occasionally.
     
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    Yep, I don't eat bread every day, but if I do, it must be a good quality sourdough/rye.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Probably what i miss most of mums cooking. Tiroler speckknoderl.
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    My wife calls it English floppy bread
     
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    Man I loved all of the real German Food. Curry Wurst, every sausage under the sun, especially including the ones made from offal, great cheese and real bread, not that English rubbish we mainly eat in Australia. Schnitzel is Austrian, go to Vienna for that. Oh I forgot about spaetzle unt knoedlen, sooo many yums. Also Pair your food with German wines, their Sweet Whites go really well. Also try and find Nouvelle Bougellais and fristch oliven oel. (I've forgotten half of my spelling). It's more of a Rhineland thing but there were a couple of good icecafes at Alexanderplatz. If they're still there you need to try spaghetti ice.

    The Germans tend to have a conservative palate and they don't tend to do ethnic food well. There was some good Turkish in Kruetsburg, a street of good Italian on Simon Daech Strasse and a couple of good Greek places in Freidrichshein as well. Other than that ethnic food was a train wreck, including Thai, but funnily enough there was an absolutely brilliant Asian supermarket in Steglitz.

    Be sure to focus on the seasonal foods. I went crazy eating roast chestnuts paired with gluevein which had been spiked with Amaretto at the Christmas markets. The craziest season is just how crazy the Berliners go for asparagus when it's in season.

    Explore, don't look for the food you eat at home, order things because you haven't had them before or because you don't know what they are and live the cuisine, rather than just trying to find the bits you like.

    Oh, and the beast bit is butchers sell trotters and calves feet!
     
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    but goes perfect with vegemite
     
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    Good Italian bread or sourdough goes better.
     
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    And Pork knuckle (Eisbein)
     
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    Whitebread+vegemite=childhood
     
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    Naa, eating Vegemite straight from the jar equals childhood.
     
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    not just Berliners
    I was in Heidelberg one year just at the right time for spangen spargel
     
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    I'm sure it's all through Germany, I was just living in Berlin each Spring rather than doing any travel.
     
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    I preferred the vita weat vegemite snake thing
     
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    Same in Austria. In Spring there Gasthauses almost everywhere with their Spargelzeit special menus.
     
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    person s Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think it was a particularly big thing in Heidelberg because of being local produce?
    the asparagus was nice and the pork was great too
    from here
     
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    Winter is time is for roasted chestnuts (Kastanien or heisse Maroni in Austria) from street vendors.
     
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    Or fairy bread!!
     
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    Yeah i know i posted this in January but geez i love a good Bauernsalat for lunch.
     
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    that does look good so long as its keinen zweibel!
     
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    Kein Zwiebel? :(

    A Zwiebelrostbraten ist auch gut.
     
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    Yep no onion at the Asitzbrau elevation circa 1900 mtrs.
     
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    You certainly have a better approach than mine!!! I have a selective pallet and just don't dig most of that stuff! Will try to adopt your strategy a bit more.

    You wouldn't recognise Kreuzberg these days! Its developed so much in past 5 years. Would have loved to have lived round there. High demand, low availability though.

    Another thing that I'm finding tough is that hot food (as in chilli) isn't big here. I add fresh chili to most of the dishes I cook and have resorted to chilli flakes because most supermarkets don't sell fresh chillis.
     
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    The Radishes are the substitute for onion on that dish but i am a zwiebel fiend also as well as knoblauch.