In just 19 hours we’ll be opening the doors to the 2014 Oktoberfest for Teens! It’s going to be BIGGER than ever and we have lots of new games and other fun activities that will keep you entertained throughout the day! 🙂
We’d like to send out a HUGE thank-you to Bianca from the Organic Cotton Candy Company who is supplying many of your YUMMY prizes.
So make sure you get a good night’s sleep because you’ll need a whole lot of energy tomorrow to sing along, dance, compete, eat, drink and go on our fantastic rides!!
Bis morgen!! 😀
October the 3rd 1990 – Germany is finally unified.
Prior to 1871, the area that we know today as Germany was split into many different kingdoms and principalities. In 1871 one Empire was founded, but no official unification day was celebrated. By 1919 Germany had finally agreed upon a national holiday celebrated on the 11th of August, however, just a few years later Germany was split up into East and West Germany when the Nazis took power.
Germany, and many countries of the world, suffered through years of war. The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 which completely cut off East to West Berlin. On the 9th of November 1989 the first parts of the wall were finally torn down and over the next days and weeks people came to the wall with sledgehammers and created many unofficial border crossings.
Today, the Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day) is a public holiday in Germany which commemorates the unification of Germany. Throughout the country people celebrate with their friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and anyone else who wants to join! It’s a day where all Germans can stand together proudly as one and celebrate their country!
Wir wünschen euch einen schönen Tag! 🙂
We hope you enjoyed our first two posts on interesting literal translations of German words, so here is the third and final part!
Instead of calling it a vacuum cleaner, Germans call it a Staubsauger which literally means “dust sucker.”
When you’re in a long queue, you’re in a Warteschlange, or a “waiting snake.”
A squid is known as a Tintenfisch, or an “ink fish”…
…and finally, if Owl City’s hit “Fireflies” had been written in German, it would have been called Glühwürmchen or “little glow worms.” (You can listen to YouTube star Alexi Bexi’s German version of “Fireflies” or “Glühwürmchen” here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol5lW1GmGSM).
Bis Bald! 🙂
Whilst our December infosheet last week covered all things Christmas, we’d like to introduce you to one of our favourite winter-characters….. the Weihnachtsmann!
Now everyone knows who Santa Claus is, but this particular cartoon Weihnachtsmann has his three helpful elves – Trixi, Jordi and Guilfi – and a polar bear – Balbo. Unfortunately the Weihnachtsmann also has a neighbour, Grantelbart, who is not a fan of Christmas or the Weihnachtsmann and repeatedly attempts to ruin Christmas with his troll, Gugor.
The series first featured in Germany in December 1997 and has since aired every year leading up to Christmas on the German TV station Super RTL. There is a total of 26 episodes and you can find all of these on YouTube, starting with Episode 1 “Die magische Perle.” To watch it, just follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKcNNkLXbKg
Throughout the episodes you’ll learn about the elves’ magical powers, the polar bear’s clumsiness, Grantelbart’s love for rock music and the many talents of the Weihnachtsmann!
We hope you love this show just as much as we do! 🙂