How Germany deals with its past

Introduction written by Asena Soydas, text by Laurenz Scheunemann As it is often deemed a taboo, people visiting Germany hesitate to talk about a very sad part of the German history: the Nazi past and the Holocaust. Luckily this is not the case  anymore. Starting with history classes after primary school pupils are reminded and … Continue reading How Germany deals with its past

Why a German song went viral in Turkey

by Ibrahim Doğan This blogpost is on a German song which literally blasted Turkish social media for the last two years. The song “Hurra die Welt geht unter” came out in 2015, by the collaboration of one of the most successful Hip-Hop groups from Berlin, K.I.Z and the vocalist Henning May from the rock band … Continue reading Why a German song went viral in Turkey

Ho Narro! Carnival in Germany

written by Konstanz Academics Team Have you wondered lately while scrolling through your German friends Instagram and Facebook feed why they wear crazy costumes? The answer is simple: It’s carnival season in Germany. Although it can have a different name depending on the region you are, the history behind is the same. Fasching (in Bavaria … Continue reading Ho Narro! Carnival in Germany

Of sweet temptations and big party nights

by Katja Blöchlinger and Sebnem Eren In the time before Christmas, something special happens around the world: it is the season for cooking and baking regional specialities reminding everyone that the holidays are just around the corner. In this blogpost, we try to shed light on some traditional Christmas traditions in Germany and other countries … Continue reading Of sweet temptations and big party nights

Great views, great food, and most importantly: great people!

by Katja Get-to-know games What a start to our 9-day student exchange! After everyone met their Buddy from the respective other team on friday evening, we were ready to go and explore Istanbul. However, before we split into smaller groups to see some hidden gems of the city, the Culture team had organized some games … Continue reading Great views, great food, and most importantly: great people!

Between excitement and difficulties: Traveling from little Konstanz to big Istanbul

by Felix Kreis Friday, 06th April 2018 03:45 am The day started early. Very early. On Friday, 06th April 2018, at 3:45 am the Konstanz IstKon group met at Döbeleplatz in Konstanz. The bus was ready to leave and almost everyone was on time and full of anticipation. But soon, some excitement arose, because a … Continue reading Between excitement and difficulties: Traveling from little Konstanz to big Istanbul

Turkish and German food – Part 1: „Don´t call it Turkish Pizza!“

by Nora [Disclaimer: This is just an overview and there is no claim to completeness] -History- Today´s Turkish cuisine has a long history of developement: From the nomadic cook traditions of the Turkic peoples to a melting pot of Indian, Persian, Arabic and Kaucasian influences it offers a huge variety of specialities, which show similarities … Continue reading Turkish and German food – Part 1: „Don´t call it Turkish Pizza!“