February Link Love
I’m really looking forward to the second Friday of the month when I get to share some links I came across. I keep clipping things on Evernote and after 4 weeks when I come back to my “Friday Link Love” folder, I find things that I’ve forgotten about. It’s super cool. So check out what I’ve found this month.
Blogs & Social Media
Since I’m a member of this wonderful bunch of women called Expatmamas, It’s about time to share more blogs of wonderful fellow expat women with you. Most of them write in German and it’s super interesting to read about their lives in so many different countries.
Pamela writes about her life in Casablanca, Morocco as well as about travel and multilingualism on the blog Marokko Mittenmang.
Gerlind (who originally wanted to move to Sweden) shares many interesting stories and beautiful pictures about her life and adventures in Beijing, China on her blog Ombidombi.
Matt shares a chart every day. Some of them are hilarious. Check out his Instagram account @mattsurelee.
- In my last link love I recommended Sara Zaske’s book “Achtung Baby” and Volk Heroes by Rebecca Schuman is a great review about the book on Slate. The authors feelings are similar to mine. Reading the first chapter of Sara’s book made my cry and miss my home country even more.
I found myself frustrated into tears while reading Achtung Baby, because the adoption of any German customs stateside would require nothing less than a full armed revolution.
- We went to San Francisco last weekend and this articles tells you 12 reasons to actually hang out at Fisherman’s Wharf.
- Another great article from 7×7 shows you five Bay Area trails that have bars at the end. Brilliant!
- Have you heard about “raw water”? I didn’t know about this water movement before reading this NYT article. I’m not sure I’d follow that trend though. Unfiltered Fervor: The Rush to Get Off the Water Grid.
- A touching story in German about Ankara’s garbage men, who collected books that were thrown out and founded their own library. Müllmänner gründen Bibliothek mit weggeworfenen Büchern.
- In the series “Wie ich euch sehe” (How I see you) of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, an Elementary teacher appeals to parents that she is just their kids teacher, not their nanny. Ich bin die Lehrerin, nicht die Tagesmutter eurer Kinder.
It can’t be that hard to behave properly as a parent. Teach your child as much as possible. Check in the afternoon to see if the school supplies are in order and complete. And please: If your child is sick, just call me in the morning (of 25, one parent does). Then I can arrange with you how to get the homework and everyone is happy. If you also submit a written absence note – oh no, let’s start small.
- Finally, a super interesting opinion piece about the handling and use of painkillers in Germany vs. the US. After Surgery in Germany, I Wanted Vicodin, Not Herbal Tea.
Just Spices invades the US.
Three guys from the “Rheinland” (Düsseldorf and Cologne) make some phenomenal spice mixes. Check them out here.
My new favorite pants from Athleta are the Soho Joggerin the color Abyss. Oh, I can’t tell you how much I love ’em!
TV, Movies & Music
If you’d like to know what I miss most now, which is being in Cologne and celebrating Karneval, you just have to watch this video:
Et jitt kei Wood, dat sage künnt wat ich föhl, wann ich an Kölle denk, wann ich an ming Heimat denk!
There is no word that can describe my feeling thinking of Cologne, thinking of home!
A small consolation is that it’s festival weekend in San Francisco! The 17th Berlin & Beyond starts today and for the third time, I’ll be at the Castro Theatre tonight for the opening movie and party. If you have time, check it out, they are screening some incredible good German movies!
I discovered that you can now watch a bunch of Netflix shows in German. Due to this fact I started searching for new shows and found Rita, a Danish show about a female teacher with three kids, who personifies nothing you think about teachers. It is so refreshingly not American/Hollywood made and I’m totally in love with it. Watch the trailer with English subtitles.
The title Song of the show is Speak out Now form Oh Land and it’s currently my favorite song!
On MHz Choiceyou can learn all about some of the best German TV shows. If you want to subscribe, you can even watch them and learn some German :-).
I hope you enjoyed my links! Do you have something you’d like to share with me? Please, leave a comment! Have a great weekend everyone.