Fahrschule – The Joy of Being the Mother of a New Teenage Driver

By Corinna Bienger on Email

I love my daughter dearly. She is the “bestest” child ever and I would do anything for her!  No, not that I would, I DO do everything for her. There is nothing she can do to get on my nerves, and there is nothing she ever WOULD do to get …

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Passing Your Abitur… Do You Have What It Takes?

By Corinna Bienger on Email

This is about  high school and the Abitur in Germany; as it is the  main conversation in our house these days. My daughter is in the midst of her final exams for the Abiturzeugnis, the document which contains the student’s grades and enables them to attend university.  The importance of …

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Easter Time in Germany

By Corinna Bienger on Email

One legend about Easter, I was told when I was a child, is that on Good Friday all church bells fly to Rome and come back on Easter Sunday, explaining why the bells don’t chime before Sunday. When I think of the Easter weekend today, the image that comes into …

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View from Germany: German Apprenticeships

By Corinna Bienger on Email

The system of education after school is very unique in Germany – or so we feel. Over a period of thee years, our young people join companies for a dual education, meaning learning on the job mixed with terms in vocational schools. But Germany also has a string of technical …

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Der Adventskalender

By Corinna Bienger on Email

Who does not know the children’s question: “How long until Christmas”?  “How many nights until Santa Claus is coming”? Initially, the “Adventskalender” helped count down the days. The origins can be traced back into the 19th century, the first home-made Advent Calendar was probably made in 1851. The first, more …

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Schrebergarten

By Corinna Bienger on Email

If you want happiness for a day, drink a glass of good wine. If you want happiness for a year, build yourself a house. If you want happiness for a lifetime, plant yourself a garden. (Chinese Proverb) Kleingärten, or allotment gardens, are fenced in parcels of land, which are managed …

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Germany’s 17th Bundesland? Well, Almost.

By Corinna Bienger on Email

Dearly beloved by German vacationers, Majorca has a long tradition in the tourist business. Almost one in every five tourists enjoys the sun on this island in the Mediterranean Sea.  No other island is so favored with the Germans. More than 3.5 million Germans spend their vacation on “Malle” every …

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Open Air Festival Season in Germany

By Corinna Bienger on Email

Now that the air is becoming milder, the open air concert season is about to start again. Learning from my teenage daughter, I know now that young people today define themselves through the music they listen to. Since it also dictates what to wear, the kid’s first opinion of who …

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Being Outside is an Important Part of Life in Germany

By Corinna Bienger on Email

Spring, and even summer, does not often spoil Germany with warm evenings, when you can sit outside at a street café or a Biergarten. Yet whenever the sun has been out all day, and the temperatures are still moderate enough, you are sure to find Germany’s folks sitting outside, at …

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