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.
- 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.
|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.)