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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.

German Illness - Beware the draught

“Tür zu! Es zieht!” – A sentence you might hear quite often when entering German houses. And no, this is not a special greeting, and there is no friendly answer to it. Just close the door. Someone just complained that there is a draught, and nothing is more worrisome to many Germans than some air movement. It can cause everything from deadly man flu to severe neck- or back pain: “Ich hab Zug bekommen” - I caught some draught. Draught is one of many typical German worries that sometimes cause confusion for non-natives and can lead to serious conflicts on car rides, in trains or buses (not to speak of the question whether or not the bedroom window has to be closed at night). Cold feet are anot

Per aspera ad astra: Germany’s dream of Outer Space

On 21st of September this year a pioneer of space travel died – after a long and exciting life full of adventures, always on the bleeding edge of history. Sigmund Jähn was famous in East Germany and a decorated Hero of the German Democratic Republic as well as the Soviet Union, both countries that ceased to exist in the last century. In 1978 he spent more than a week on the Russian space station Salyut 6, a predecessor of the ISS that is now connecting global space exploration efforts rather than being a tool of competition in a tiring cold war.He remained a legend for being the first German in space, and his life story is an intriguing example for the history of space exploration in the 20t

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