Quote of the Day

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

~ Albert Einstein

Information on German Citizenship for Oberursel Residents

Graham, from AllThingsGerman, has these important news to share:

The Ausländerbeirat in Oberursel is organising an information evening about the subject of applying for German Citizenship, which will be held in the town hall (Rathaus) on Tuesday, 15th November, 2016 at 6pm.

Read more here: http://www.allthingsgerman.net/oberursel/2016/10/information-evening-about-applying-for-german-citizenship/#.WBBsoyN95eU

Quote of the Day

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

~ Henry Adams

Maria with journal in Ireland

With my journal in hand, as usual (Irland, 2015)

Quote of the Day

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

– according to William A. Ward

Frankfurt/Main

Frankfurt/Main – photo credit: Frank Rumpenhorst

What Germans like to buy for New Year’s Eve (Silvester)

The German supermarkets have been swamped since yesterday. The madness will continue until tomorrow afternoon, 31 Dec, when the shops close at 2pm. Here are a few items Germans like to buy around this time of year.

Clover, pigs, and chimney sweeps are good luck charms and make a nice thank-you present for co-workers, neighbors, etc.

chimney sweep

Fireworks sell out quickly. Our children got their own share of firecrackers and bottle rockets.

Germans spent 113 million euro on fireworks last year. If I had any say in this, I would stop this waste.

fireworks for sale in German supermarket

Then, some of us tend to give our friends drinks with interesting labels, such as ‘Kalte Muschi’, which is a coke and red wine mix, or plain red wine with an alluring name.

Drink names

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

(Little Gidding)
― T.S. Eliot