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2. Stammtisch im November

Madeline
Berlin, am 11. November 2016

Liebe Teilnehmer,

am 16. November findet wieder unser zweiter Stammtisch in der dritten Kurswoche statt.
Kommt gerne mit euren Freunden und Familie zum Café Berio, in der Nähe der DeutschAkademie
am Wittenbergplatz und erlebt einen lustigen Abend mit uns.
Wir freuen uns auf euch!

Euer DeutschAkademie Team

 

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Biking is the new way of Walking

DeutschAkademie
Berlin, am 08. November 2016

Back in my country, we don’t walk, or bike! Having lived here for over a month, I am embarrass to admit, the citizens of where I came from are not given enough facilities to walk and ride bikes. We only drive our way to everywhere we go. Even to the nearest grocery store, which takes about 5 minutes walk. I know because I did it once, and I received a lot of weird looks from my neighbors and a lot of questions from my parents like, ‘Why do you walk?’, ‘What is wrong with your car?’, ‘You know it is dangerous to walk, what if there are some dangerous men out there following you?’ and lots more of the same kind. But here in this city, I am given the option to walk or ride my bike or drive! When I explained this excitement to the locals, most of them did not get my enthusiasm, just because they have not experienced the lack of this freedom. Until my husband, a local German who have been living in my home country for solid 3 years explained to them the real situation, then they understood. You guys are so blessed living in this country with such somewhat close to being a precise system, trying its best to taking care of the welfare of people as well as the growth of the country. Yes, I know there are still works to be done here and there, but the full chunk of what makes this country runs are in its foundation. I shared this piece of reflection to my friend back in my home country, and the first thing she said, ‘You guys can walk and bike? That makes you all much healthier by nature!’. Yup, I would agree, you guys are forced to stay healthy. And that helps with the quality of the health-care and its governmental hospital. And this in a circle, creates a more happy people. My heart sank thinking back about the people with less of this fortunate blessings. I wish we all could walk and ride our bikes wherever we are.

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ForstHaus, Strelitz: Walk in the Woods

DeutschAkademie
Berlin, am

I am from a country that only has one season all year round. But here in Berlin, I got to experience somewhat the ‘real’ autumn, with leaves turning from green to striking yellow, or striking red, before falling off. There are a lot of parks and woods around in the vicinity where you can enjoy a weekend getaway or just a short half day trip. For myself, I had the liberty to stay for a short weekend trip up in Neustrelitz near Wesenberg, about 2 hours drive North from Berlin. We convoyed with 2 cars, driving up there from 230pm and we reached there roughly by 430pm on a fine Saturday afternoon. The driveway was magnificent. I could see different colors of plants and trees, a chromatic spectrum of purple, ruby, golden and seaweed green in between light beige, yellow and light green. The air is fresher out in the open land. You get to see windmills too. Once we entered the area of Strelitz, we were welcomed with their cute small town arrangement- a lot of small roads leading to rows of small shops, cute roundabouts, and finally leads us up to a harbor and a lake too. After a few minutes, we made it to our destination. It is called, ForstHaus-  our friend’s small family owned property that offers a 3-star restaurant and about 8 rooms to stay for a night or two. The owner is a family that runs everything around that property, from maintaining the rooms to cooking for their guests. What makes this place so special is that they do everything from scratch. Everything on the menu is taken freshly from their farm around this property. They have free roaming sheep, chickens, pigeons, pigs alongside their kraeutergarten that  covers herbs like rosemary, basil, dill, leech, turnip cabbage, lemon mint, mint, lavender and a lot more! We were all impressed with Annette, Wenzel, and their family. Not just they know how to cook and serve their guests, they also designed each room with all having differently unique characters- in its theme of the room as well as in its layout. Impressive! and I have tipped my imaginary Chapeau hat to Annette during our last bid of farewell as my token of highest appreciation to what they are doing. If you my dearest reader would like to take a short weekend trip here and would like to know more about this place, you can visit this link http://www.forsthaus-strelitz.de/.06

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Die Kristallnacht: Synagoge Kleine Auguststra

DeutschAkademie
Berlin, am 07. November 2016
Today I decided to cook some spicy pumpkin soup. It is the month where pumpkins are harvested, so I figured that is a good enough reason for me to take a walk to the nearest REWE supermarket here in my neighborhood area and get some of the ingredients for the soup. I know the soup can last me for my entire weekend. And the thought of bundling up in a warm blanket for the entire weekend while having a hot home-made soup in a cold autumn season is enough to warm up my feeling at the moment. As I was walking home after getting all the ingredients from the supermarket- with the warmth feeling still lingers down my belly while thinking of that delicious soup I will be making, my vision caught a few rather sad looking stuccoes laying on the side of a small dingy road. When I found out what these stuccoes were commemorating about, the warmth inside of me had just been stolen away. It was a representation of a long lost synagogue that was built with a donation money from one person’s savings in 1905 and it had served about 550 worshipers. The synagogue was, like many other synagogues on the 2 nights in November 1938, was broken down to pieces, on what the Nazi Germans would call ‘Pogromnacht’ (The Pogrom Night) or simply referred to as the massacre nights. The 2 nights of the 9th and the 10th of November 1938 marked the organized massacre of the Jews as well as the smashed down of all of their houses, synagogues, and businesses. The massacre left a lot of littered streets with shattered shards of broken glasses from the smashed windows that the event is simply referred to as the Crystal Night (die Kristallnacht). Looking at these stuccoes today remind me of how blessed my life is , as I realized that I can still afford to have an imagination of a hot delicious soup inside a warm heated house and fully knowing that my imagination is not a far fetched for me to acquire, unlike those
whose life were threatened and taken away.
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Fotos vom 1. Stammtisch im November

Madeline
Berlin, am 04. November 2016

Liebe Teilnehmer,

gestern war wieder unser berühmter Stammtisch und es war ein sehr lustiger Abend mit euch.
Wie immer gab es ein kniffliges Quiz zu lösen und dafür tolle Preise zu gewinnen.
Vielen Dank, dass ihr so zahlreich erschienen seid.
Der nächste Stammtisch findet bereits am 16. November im Café Berio statt.

Euer DeutschAkademie Team

 

 

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Bikini Berlin: The View from the Monkey Bar on the 25 Hours Hotel

DeutschAkademie
Berlin, am 03. November 2016

Have you ever thought of having an experience where you can combine going through a spiced-up, glass-windowed, raw and original designed shopping mall next to the most species-riches zoo worldwide and a view of 360º rooftop terrace? The place is at Charlottenburg, about half an hour from the central Mitte by train. It is an experience that you cannot forget. The mall that is called Bikini Berlin is perhaps a name that is derived out of its concept- strip to its bare minimum that is not too repulsive for a common public to view. It has artisan cafes, few electronic and games stores and a lot of boutiques. The stores’ tenants must have gone through some artistic screen test to be able to open their business in Bikini Berlin. The boutiques storing collections either from a new start up individual who are the self-made boutique owner that owns a strikingly unique identity through their lines or from those who have made their brands known that have their own niche and character. Once I was done walking around the mall, appreciating the minimalist architect of the building, I decided to have a coffee and to read a book at a cozy corner at a rooftop cafe on the 2nd floor called, Super. But before that, I thought, I might as well make a short trip up on the 10th floor of the 25 Hours Hotel that is connected to the mall. There is also an elevator from the street level, but you need to go out from the mall in order to access the entrance. What is on the 10th floor of this hotel is another new experience. On this floor sits a restaurant and a bar. But what stole the limelight of this level is that the bar comes with a 360º rooftop terrace, offering a bird-eye-view of the entire Charlottenburg. Such is a Monkey Business! When I was there, the whole terrace was packed with people. And it was only at 3 in the afternoon. So I guess if I want to try to visit this place after dusk to enjoy its sunset, I have to expect a lot more traffic, but I guess it will be a worthwhile experience. Before I head down to the Super cafe for my Latte Macchiatto I guess I would just take a peak at Level 10 restroom. And again it was a grand experience. You know what, I am not going to tell you what I experienced, but why don’t you go and check it out yourself. And yup, all of this peaking and visiting this level are all free.So I head back down to Super. This is a concept cafe (like the rest of the other cafes here) but this one proudly brand themselves with a tag “Shop.Meet.Eat” kinda cafe. It stores funky collections of home decor, children’s picture books, assorted olive oils, self-made (I have to tip my imaginary Chapeau hat here) perfumes and the kinds. While seated on the couch, having my back to the awesome grandeur view of the Zoological Garden, with my cup of Latte Macchiato, I let myself be immersed in this astounding experience. And for this, my highest thanks go to each and every individual from the top designers who came up with these brilliant ideas and designed the concepts and to the coolies altogether who have made it come to live!

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Lost With The Horse

DeutschAkademie
Berlin, am

I believe that to really learn about a new city is to let yourself lose and be found again. If you let your fear controlling you, you will not gain the most of what the city can offer. So I chose not to be feared down by my own anxiety and instead to embrace the unknown. I started my day to look out for the Botschaft of Malaysia (ie-Embassy of Malaysia) by foot. I looked on the Google map before I start my journey, and it told me that by foot it will take me over an hour. Well, that is brilliant I thought as I could have my healthy walk of the day as well as getting my mission to visit the embassy. I didn’t have the Google map with me, I just basically memorized the rough direction towards the Botschaft. And so my journey began. Half way walking, at the Reichstag building, my route was put on halt. Strasse Des 17 Juni was blocked. I learned later it was blocked in order to make way for the preparation of the 3 day event of the Reunification Day a.k.a Tag der Deutschen Einheit. So, where do I go?. I realized that this is when the unknown feeling hits you. And when it hits you, you just used your instinct. And my gut feeling brought me through a magnificent view, yet through another side of Berlin. It is a metropolitan, giant city, hidden in its center, a 210 hectares inner-city park. It is with a capital H- HUGEE! The area has a lot of footpaths, lakes with small islands, gardens, tall trees, shrubs, and sculptures.   The sculptures really give you the taste of the 19th century, thanks to Herr William for coming up with such a wondrous idea (you can read further on Frederich William and his hunting adventure on Google). I could recall once in a while, whilst enjoying these sculptures, walking, filtering in the breeze and following the trails of the dried leaves, that I could hear the sirens from the guards of the Emperor, and some raucous yet elegant steps of their well-kept horses coming pass me.  It is beautiful to be lost with The Horse. What a fantasy dream land. In case you are wondering about my real mission, yes I got to the Botschaft von Malaysia after 2 hours walking through the park. Big Smile

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Hope in the Humanity: The Reunification Day

DeutschAkademie
Berlin, am

This week another interesting thing is happening in downtown Berlin. It is the Reunification Day between The East and the West Berlin or the local would call it ‘Tag der Deutschen Einheit’. Every time I am reminded of this day it gives me hope. Hope for the better day in the future- A hope of getting Unity back into Human, a hope for the Humanity. But on this very day when the road of  Straße Des 17 Juni is being blocked to celebrate this very event, I had being brought into the insights of the reunification’s politics. Although in a larger perspective this event is celebrated by having funfairs, food booths, music performances and many more family activities that tie people together harmoniously, but the microcosmic of its nature is still unsettling. There are a lot of boundaries that are still set in front of us. How do we look beyond these boundaries? Can we really practice unity or is this idea is just beyond our capability as human?02

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