Three international Christmas traditions that may seem strange to foreigners

Christmas is a time of traditions – each family, village, region and country has their own and many people have surprisingly strong options on how things should be done. Whether it’s about where and with whom to spend the holidays, about the decorations or the food – once established it seems almost sacrilegious to break with certain Christmas traditions. To outsiders this behaviour can be amusing or even absurd but what kind of traditions are we even talking about? Here’s three international Christmas traditions that might seem a little odd to people from other countries. Weiterlesen

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The (Long) Night of Freiburg University

Going to university – sometimes you love it, sometimes you hate it. Last Thursday pupils, students and anyone else who’s interested had the option to experience an unusual event – the (Long) Night of Freiburg University. From 7pm to 6am eleven lectures, five science slams and two bands entertained more people than one could possibly imagine inside the Audimax. We collected some impressions in case you missed the annual event.

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Ticking the right boxes – What you need to know about the election this Sunday

 

When walking through town during the past months one could not escape a number of more or less familiar faces looking at you from their posters – whether they are smiling endearingly or grinning maliciously depends on your point of view. This Sunday it is election time! German citizens over 18 years have the chance to decide who will gain a seat in the Bundestag and whether chancellor Angela Merkel will enter a fourth term or another candidate will take over. The German voting system is quite complex and due to the arise of highly debated issues such as the refugee question this election is bound to be an especially interesting one – here’s some more information so you know what’s going on!

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