German Autobahn goes Emoticon

Driving down the Autobahn somewhere between Celle and Frankfurt, we encountered our first smiley faces along the way.

The first one was to announce construction work being done, slowing down traffic for another 4 km.


The second one announced the end of it. Geschafft = Done with it!

Autobahn geschafft

For some reason, these smiley faces do their job. This way, I know some younger people are on the Autobahn force.

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Newcomers Festival 2014 in Frankfurt

The annual Newcomers Festival is taking place at the Römer in Frankfurt on Sunday, 7 September 2014 from 1pm – 6pm.

This event is not only for new expats to the area, but also for the ones who settled here a while ago! There is an exhibition of services put together by about 60 clubs and organizations.

All visitors will receive a free copy of the 2015 Newcomers Guide – a 120-page English-language book about living and working in Frankfurt-Rhein-Main.

Admission is free.

Newcomers Festival Frankfurt 2014

Newcomers Festival Frankfurt 2014


For more information, please contact:

Newcomers Festival Organizing Office, c/o Communication Solution GmbH, Niedenau 45 in 60325 Frankfurt

Tel. 069 – 71 91 65 81  Fax: 069 – 71 91 65 82


Newcomers Festival website:

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German Lesson: Schillerlocken

This fish shop sold Schillerlocken (on the right), a term I had not associated with fish. Schiller, of course, made me think of Friedrich Schiller, and Locken are curls.

* Where does this term come from?

The term is coined after its resemblance to Friedrich Schiller’s long curls.

* What are Schillerlocken?

This part is the belly side of the Dornhai (Hai: shark), one of the shark species.

* How do you eat them?

I observed a family of four ordering four Schillerlocken, which then were served in a German bread roll and they were also offered the Danish curry sauce, which they declined.

Schillerlocken (right)

Schillerlocken (right side)

I have never tried it and while searching the net, I found various sources of alarming notes.

This type of shark has been over-fished, and its meat contains a dangerously high level of Methylquecksilber (methyl mercury) as well.

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German Lesson: die Hundebadestelle

Most German areas are rather dog friendly, so we were not surprised to find designated stretches of beach labeled Hundebadestelle (dog bathing area).

This photo was taken along the Baltic Sea shore.



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Quote of the Day

If we do not know what port we are steering for, no wind is favourable.

(German: Solange wir nicht wissen, welchen Hafen wir anlaufen wollen, gibt es keinen günstigen Wind)

- Seneca -

Maasholm in Germany

Maasholm in Germany

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