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HOW TO KEEP YOUR GERMAN HOUSE COOL DURING SUMMER

Once upon a time, I got too hot at night and had to use a wet towel instead of my covers. For weeks. I was living in a matchbox-sized studio apartment on the top floor of a four-story building with a big window facing south. I had just moved out and was experiencing my very first German summer away from home. Consequently, I had to rely on myself to keep the place cool, which resulted in me accidentally creating what can only be described as Satan’s Sauna: a place the devil himself would want to visit to warm up after...

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WHY DANCING THROUGH GERMAN MEADOWS COULD KILL YOU AND HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

Did you grow up always on the lookout for snakes or scorpions while playing in the yard? Maybe you’re from an area where you had to be cautious not to bump into any bears or mountain lions while hiking. Or were you taught to keep your distance from spiders, in case they’re venomous? While these are not generally problems you’ll face during everyday life in Germany (phew!), you may still want to reconsider embracing your inner Maria from The Sound Of Music and carelessly dancing through flowery meadows, as there’s a good chance you’ll encounter what are by some considered...