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Here we will share with you in-depth information on German culture, local events and education twice a month. Please feel free to comment your own experiences and opinions on each post and let us know, which topics you would love to read about in future posts.

Don’t call me Kraut - … the proper term should probably be “potato”

No, don’t worry, this article won’t complain about insults thrown at Germans. Rather the opposite: We want to correct an inaccurate stereotype and replace it with something far better. Yes, Sauerkraut is pretty neat. But the whole “Kraut”- thing is overrated. What really defines German cuisine is potato, and you should know about it, because it’s delicious. Before embarking on praise for the “Erdapfel” (“apple of the soil”), as the potato is called in some parts of Germany, we want to take the chance to introduce you to Gus Backus’ song “Sauerkraut Polka”. The American entertainer, who spent most of his adult life in Germany, summed up the stereotype like nobody else, and Germans loved it: B

Did you kill your relatives after Christmas? German superstitions can be cruel… and entertaining

Why we ask this peculiar question in the headline? Because it is relevant! Christmas and New Year have just gone by, and if you washed your laundry between these two holidays, you condemned a close relative to an untimely death. This strong belief was held by my mom for all my life – as was the thought that saying Happy Birthday to someone before the actual date would reverse the well-wishes and bring bad luck onto them. Superstition and traditional myths are a common occurrence around the globe, and Germany makes no exception, no matter how reasonable, straightforward and hands-on Germans appear in public. Don’t break a mirror, it will mean bad luck for you for seven years. A broken cup, on

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