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Dear Friends, Family and other Readers, The past few months have been some of the craziest and most fun months in life. I’ve done so many things, been to so many places and had to say too many goodbyes to too many people. It’s still hard for me to fully... Continue reading
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Hallo Leute, I feel like I say this at the beginning of every blog post (because it’s true), but a lot has happened since I last posted. The end of April was mainly just filled with little day trips to nearby cities on top of just enjoying my “regular” life... Continue reading
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Hallo Leute, I’ve determined that as the year goes on, I’ve gotten progressively worse at the whole blogging thing. The main reason I think is because I’m constantly busy. I am at the point in the year where I can (and am expected to) participate more in class and actually... Continue reading
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Hallo Leute, I’ve been trying to write this blog post for about a week now, but I’ve recently had to do a lot of stuff for school and I haven’t gotten around to it. That being said, I’ve finally written this post (hopefully with a German translation coming shortly) and... Continue reading
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A lot has happened since my last blog post. German Christmas was very nice. It lasted three days (December 24th until the 26th) and it was a very good experience. On the 26th, (the last day of German Christmas) my host parents, our dog, and I all drove to Holland... Continue reading
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And it's the 12th Day of Christmas! We've made it! Today is Heiliger Abend (Christmas Eve) and the official start of the German Christmas holiday. That means the house is all decorate for Christmas, all of the shops are closing early today, and the countdown is finally over! I find... Continue reading
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As we're winding down the 12 Days of German Christmas, it's time to talk about the Weihnachtsbaum (aka Christmas tree). Now, it's important to note that even though America adopted its Christmas tree tradition from Germany, both countries have their own versions, which differ significantly from the other. In Germany,... Continue reading
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The vast majority of German Süssigkeiten (sweets/candy) is the same delicious German chocolate and other candies as the rest of the year, but with just Christmas molds and more festive packaging. That being said, there is one giant except: Lebkuchen! Lebkuchen is a German dessert/cookie/pastry thing that is really hard... Continue reading
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For the ninth part of this series, I'm going to talk about literally one of my favorite things in Germany- Weihnachtsmärkte (German Christmas markets)! I've talked a little about them in my previous posts, but I love them so much, that they need their own post. Practically every city in... Continue reading
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You can't get any most stereotypical German than nutcrackers. Personally, they kind of creep me out- I feel like no matter where I am, they're always looking at me, even though their eyes don't move. That being said, they're still a part of German holiday tradition, so I thought it... Continue reading
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Cheers to being over half-way done with the Twelve Days of Christmas Series! For the seventh day, I'm going to talk about Glühwein and Kinderpunch. Glühwein is essentially a warm drink that's composed of red wine, spices and I'm sure other things that I don't know. There is also Kinderpunch... Continue reading
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Reibekuchen is by far one of the most delicious things that I've had in Germany. I guess that I would describe it as a fried potato pancake (similar to a hash brown) and then served with applesauce. They are served boiling hot and are perfect when trying to eat something... Continue reading
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"And on the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me.... [Weihnachtslieder]!" Weihnachtslieder (literally "Christmas songs") aka Christmas carols are another very German tradition. The vast majority of the German Christmas carols were actually written in either the 20th or 19th (and even sometimes the 18th) centuries and... Continue reading
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For the 4th Day of German Christmas, I decided to talk about the Adventskranz (Christmas wreath). Essentially, it's a typical "Christmasy" wreath with four red candles. Each Sunday leading up to Christmas, you're supposed to light an additional candle. For example, for the first week during the Advent season, you'd... Continue reading
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For the third part of the 12 Days of (German) Christmas there's Plätzchen, which are essentially German Christmas cookies. There are literally thousands of different types and it's not uncommon for each family to have its own recipe. They are typically smaller than regular American cookies and you typically bake... Continue reading
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Like most children in Germany, I have an Adventskalender. Basically, it's a little box full of German chocolate with 24 separate tabs. Each day leading up to Christmas, you open the tab and eat your little piece of chocolate. My host family has the pre-made Milka calendars, but a lot... Continue reading
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I don’t have that much time right now because I’m about to go to another Christmas Market, but I thought I’d write a quick post just to “check in” and hit the highlights of what’s happened in the last month. First and perhaps the biggest thing that I’ve done was... Continue reading
Sorry for the fact that it’s been almost a month since my last post. I have been hastily working on my college applications and I am happy to say that I submitted my last one yesterday! It was definitely a lot of work, but now I am so relieved just... Continue reading
The past two weeks, I was on fall break, meaning that I didn’t have any school. I thought it was going to be really quiet with a few activities sprinkled in here and there. It would be a perfect time to read the two books that I was assigned for... Continue reading
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As yet another way to procrastinate on writing my college essays, I decided to write one of those shorter blog posts that I mentioned at the end of my last post. This past couple of weeks, I have been trying several new activities out in the community (with the help... Continue reading
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So the last time you guys heard from me, I was right in the middle of language camp and having the time of my life. The rest of language camp flew by and was just as incredible. On the second Saturday of language camp we as a group took a... Continue reading
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So the past few weeks have honestly been some of the best in my life. We have done so many things, made so many memories, and had so much fun that it’s almost surreal to think about it all. I will start off the update from where I left off... Continue reading
The past few days have been emotional to say the least. They have been full of last minute preparations, saying goodbye to friends, extended family visits, and the beginning of the dreaded college application process…. The common app opened on August 1 and luckily I was able to complete my... Continue reading
I was finally able to write my first blog post, which is pretty exciting if I say so myself. This is the first blog that I've ever done, so bear with me. I guess I will start with a brief introduction. My name is Riley Stevens and I am seventeen... Continue reading
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Aug 5, 2015