Germany Date

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This month we traveled to Germany for our very own German experience! We really did keep this month simple. Here are some fun ideas for creating your own German experience:

  • Dress up with some sort of German theme. The dress code for our date was “German Awesome.” As usual, we just grabbed whatever we could find around the house. I dressed up in German flag colors; Austin dressed up in some traditional-ish clothing.

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  • Listen to some German Music. 
  • It’s October, which hosts Germany’s Oktoberfest, well known for its beer. Austin made up some ginger beer as a non-alcoholic alternative. (That recipe is coming soon… it’s so good!) Or drink soda, or juice, or kombucha, or whatever you want!
  • Decorate with Germany’s colors. I just rolled out some red, yellow, and black paper.
  • Play some form of the game of “Beer Checkers,” substituting in whatever drink you may prefer. We borrowed a checkers board and several small cups from a friend and had to take a drink when one of our pieces was removed from the board.
  • Watch a short documentary on Oktoberfest.
  • Watch a German movie. We watched Run, Lola, Run. It was good, entertaining, not too long. It’s not going to go down as our favorite movie of all time, but I think it works for this date if you can’t find another one. It was also pretty short, just an hour and 15 minutes or so.
  • Learn some German phrases and use them as often as possible during the date. The ones below are from gogermany.about.com.
Hi! Hallo!
Good morning! Guten Morgen!
Good evening! Guten Abend!
Welcome! (to greet someone) Willkommen!
How are you? Wie geht’s dir/ Ihnen?
I’m fine, thanks! Danke, mir geht’s gut!
And you? Und dir/Ihnen?
Good/ So-So. Gut/ So la-la
Thank you (very much)! Danke (vielmals)!/ Vielen Dank!
You’re welcome! (for “thank you”) Gern gescheh’n!/ Keine Ursache!/ Kein Problem!
Hey! Friend! Hey! Kumpel! (only for male people)
I missed you so much! Du hast/ Sie haben mir so gefehlt!
What’s new? Was gibt’s Neues?
Nothing much Nicht viel.
Good night! Gute Nacht!
See you later! Bis später!
Good bye! Auf Wiedersehen!/ Tschüß!
  • Soft pretzels are a staple of a good German Oktoberfest celebration. Make up a batch of soft pretzel dough and have a contest to see who can make the coolest pretzel. Have cinnamon sugar, pretzel salt, sprinkles, etc. available for decorating.
  • Other menu ideas are a roasted chicken, German Bierock, and German chocolate cake. (Our chicken turned out great. I just bought a whole chicken from the local market (minus feet and head), rubbed it down with about 6 cloves of grated garlic, some salt, and some freshly ground black pepper about an hour before cooking, and then baked it at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 60-75 minutes until it was cooked through.)

 

 

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