7 Things to Know About Oktoberfest

7 Things to Know About Oktoberfest Posted on September 24, 2015 at 5:40 am Oktoberfest is Germany’s largest “Volksfest” (people’s festival) that is held in Munich, Germany. This 16-day festival runs from the last week in September through the first half of October. It’s a world-renowned festival that attracts millions of visitors, and here is […]

6 Cheapest Ways to Eat Through Europe

6 Cheapest Ways to Eat Through Europe Posted on September 4, 2015 at 5:00 am Are you on a backpacker budget? Food is an inevitable expense when traveling, but luckily, travelers can eat on the cheap in many European cities. When on the go, here’s what to eat in some of Europe’s most visited cities […]

How Germans Celebrate Father’s Day

How Germans Celebrate Father’s Day Posted by Betsy Crites+ on June 24, 2015 at 5:00 am ×  Edit Father’s Day, or Vater’s Tag, in Northern Germany is an outrageous spectacle consisting of “bier,” brats, and manhood. The origins of this day are based on the public holiday Christi Himmelfahrt (Ascension Day), which marks Jesus’s ascension to the heavens. It is the […]

Get to Know Your Wurst: A German Guide to Regional Wieners

Get to Know Your Wurst: A German Guide to Regional Wieners Posted by Betsy Crites+ on May 18, 2015 at 5:00 am ×  Edit Germans are serious about tube-steaks, or wursts. Wieners, or sausages, in a bun are a staple food and an essential part of a Germanic meal. Every region specializes in wursts combined with an array […]

Berlin’s Most Unique and Unusual Hotels

Berlin’s Most Unique and Unusual Hotels Posted  April 22, 2015 at 5:00 am Berlin is notable for its artistic counter culture. Public art, graffiti and memorials occupy city streets and public spaces. Now, Berlin’s creativity has moved indoors. Today, travelers sleep surrounded by eclectic designs questioning the artist’s thoughts and emotions. Unique and out-of-this-world conceptions […]

11 Lessons Learned from Living Abroad

Life is full of lessons. In fact, that is the main reason why humans exist – to learn and evolve in a forever-changing universe. Life has taught me many lessons. Thanks to traveling and living abroad, the world has been my teacher and taught me more about life and myself than any textbook I’ve read […]

11 Things You Didn’t Know Are German (that America Inherited)

What do gummy bears, hair perms and gingerbread houses have in common? They are German inventions or traditions that made way to America. It’s amazing how many American roots are seeded from Germany. These are 11 interesting and humorous things America, and the world, got from Germany. Gummy Bears Germans love gummies like they love their […]

My 9 Favorite German DJ’s

As a 90’s child, I remember the first bouts of techno music that became mainstream. Songs like “Sandstorm” and “Zombie Nation” were my favorite electronic-beat songs. I like house, electronic and minimal-techno music for what it is, but these ambient beats inspire my creativity. I listen to a variety of house, lounge, techno, electronic and […]

10 Things that are Still Kickin’ It in Germany

Long before smart phones and modern trends, humans used “historic” tools for daily needs. Leather jackets kept us warm on a cold winter’s night. Samsonite suitcases carried our goods across the world. And, flip phones called and texted loved ones outside of our home. In America, what seems like an “ancient” 90’s trend is still […]

11 German Qualities that I Admire

Every culture has stereotypes. Germans are known as the world’s most efficient and forward thinking creatures. And to that notion, I agree. At first, I found it difficult to tap into the German culture. I could not “put my finger” on my perception of a typical German besides being too honest, stubborn and rude. Germany […]