Have you ever seen the bright light in Germany on Christmas day? Do you know the feeling when everybody is looking around and searching for a Christmas present? Can you imagine the smell of gingerbread, cinnamon and fir needles is in the air?.
IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME!! It’s one of the most beautiful times in the year and everybody is waiting 12 hard months for this lovely time. Everywhere there is the scent of backed biscuits and of covertness and you can see people in the street with beautiful packed presents and surprises. You are feeling like an angel, walking through the wonderful lightened streets and also in your house it seems to be in a dream. On 24th of December the whole family is sitting near the Christmas tree, singing Christmas songs, eating delicious food and especially the little children are very happy to receive and open their gifts. In many houses they are also talking about the birth of Jesus or are probably praying to god. When finally the Christmas days are over, everyone is looking forward to the next Christmas time in the following year.
Yours Marina and Laura 😉
We are happy to meet you, or as we say in German: “Wir freuen uns euch alle kennenzulernen!”
We are 30 boys and girls from Göttingen, a city in Germany. Attending the 9th grade of “Hainberg-Gymnasium” we all are between 14 and 16 years old. About our class might be interesting that we are a bilingual class which means that we have the subjects History, Politics and Sport in English.
Our teacher told us about the opportunity of joining your blog and we were all enthusiastic, learning something about new cultures is something we really love. So now here we are…
Later we will post some information about us, our city and countryso you get to know us and our culture.
It would be great if you would comment on our posts but we won´´t be able to answer you in the next two weeks as this is our last lesson before our Easter holidays.
Hannah and Soraya
In Germany we just have school six hours a day which leaves very much freetime.
Of course we have to do some homework and learning for school which may take the whole day but sometimes we have got very much freetime.
In our freetime we do many different things, for example: Jona is a canoe-polo sportsman (a sport where two teams are sitting in canoes and trying to get a ball in the opponents goal). He also plays the violin for ten years. Now to Moritz hobbies: he makes kendo, a sport from Japan where you are trying to hit your opponent with a bambus sword. Also Moritz is playing the piano.
Furthermore we both like playing computer games.
Hello Global Friends,
we are Hendrik and Maurice from class 9bil from the Hainberg- Gymnasium in Göttingen. We both are 15 years old and just in the right age to present you our hometown Göttingen out of the view of a young person, getting arround in the city
Göttingen is a city in the middle of Germny in the federal state of Lower Saxony. Whole Germany is divided up into 16 districts, named federal states. These states have their own little governments and school-systems.
With about 130.000 inhabitants Göttingen is an average sized city. It was fouded in the years around 1150 and since then it turned into a very nice city. The Georg-August University made Göttingen famouse for its outstanding research in science.
Because of the parks all around Göttingen for example the Schillerwiesen and the Cheltenhampark it is a green and friendly city. The historical city centre remindes the you of living in the past. The Gänseliesel is the most famouse sight in Göttingen and also the town’s landmark. If a student from our famouse university has graduated he or she is supossed to kiss the Gänseliese in the city centre.
Hope to recive an other article about your city…
Hello, we are Charlie, Birte, Anna and Sarah from Göttingen and we are going to tell you something about a typical family in Germany.
The majority of the families in Germany consists of parents and two children but it is also conventional to be a single-mother or a single-father raising the children alone.
In Germany one out of three marriages gets divorced. In most families both parents work while the childrens are at school, so there is not much time left for the family life, but on the weekend.
For example Annas family consists of her parents and her little sister Lelo. While she and her sister are at school, her parents are at work. They live in a house in the city Göttingen.
The parents of Sarah are divorced and so she’s living with her mother. She has no siblings and once a week she goes to her father.
If there’s anything left you want to know then just ask us!
Hello global friends from Uganda, we are Luc and Leon from class 9B from the Hainberg grammar school Göttingen. We read your posts and want to give you some information on our political system.
We live in a so-called “represantative democracy” just like you. Our head of state is the president who is now Joachim Gauck, the successor of Christian Wulff. The president is elected by the federal assembly, whose members we are supposed to vote. In difference to you we dont have “royal family”. There are still some nobles in Germany, but they dont have any importance for us.
From 1945 to 1989 our country was separated by a strong border into the GDR in the east and the FRG in the west of Germany but on the 9th of November, 1989 the wall came down and Germany was reunited. The separation existed because as we lost the Second World War Germany was divided up under Russia , France, England and the USA. As Göttingen was only 25 km away from the border, many people living in Göttingenwere affected as they could not see their relatives in the GDR for many years as in the Cold War it was very difficult to travel into a comunist country.
Hello global friends,
We are Paula, Leah and Alina from the class 9bil from the Hainberg-Gymnasium. We would like to give you an idea of the clothing style of us teenagers in Germany.
The clothing in Germany is very different to how we imagine yours. Due to the fact that there is no prescribed clothing, we spend a lot of time on our outer appearence, including clothing, make-up and hair, especially we girls! We do this because it’s standard here, but nevertheless we all have our style which we find very important. Obviously because of the weather, in the winter we often wear long jeans or thermo-tights with a t-shirt and a jumper, and most importantly a scarf. In the summer we prefer to wear short trousers and thin top, skirts or dresses, combinded with pumps or flip-flops. Unfortunatly in the summer it isn’t often as warm as we would like it to be, so we have to wear jeans also in the summer!
We hope we gave a good idea of what we like to wear and what we wear for what season.
Liebe Grüße, Alina, Leah and Paula! 😉
As school sometimes is very exhausting, we need to have some free time to relax.
Four times a year we enjoy the holidays, in which we don’t have to think about school and homeworks. The Easter-, the Christmas- and the autumn holidays last about two weeks, while the big holidays in summer at the end of the school year last six weeks.
Everybody spends his or her free time in another way, but in Germany it’s common to travel to another country or to see some other places of Germany. Most families like basking in the sun and swimming in the sea, for example in Italy, France or on Mallorca, especially while the weather in Germany is already cold or rainy in autumn.
In the winter holidays, the snow is loved by nearly everybody. Children go sledding, ice skating or build some nice snowmen. Additionally some people go skiing in the mountains in Austria or Bavaria, which is a lot of fun!
All in all the students always look forward to the next holidays even if the last are just over.
In comparison to Uganda we mostly consume food, which doesn’t originate in Germany. If you asked a foreigner about what food is typical of Germany he would answer: sauerkraut,beer and pretzels. But in fact this is the food from a South German federal state called Bavaria. We prefer food from other countries like pizza or spaghetti bolognese from Italy, sushi from Japan or burgers from the USA. In contrast to what you told us about your food we do have the opportunity of buying local food in our shops and markets but many Germans prefer the offers we already mentioned. We know that buying global is a big problem in globalization, so we have great respect for your way of life. But not all Germans live like this. For example we just had a Veggie-day at our school and even though it wasn’t very succesful, we all noticed that there is a strong movement against todays situation.
While reading this you probably noticed the big difference between your and our food habits. So we would be grateful for receiving a recipe of your favourite food. If you are interested in cooking on ouf our favourite dishes just write and we send it to you next time.
Take care Julian and Konni