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They need to be open to get “Frische Luft” (fresh air).

But they need to be closed because “es Zieht” (there’s a draft).

(And then there is the whole “are the windows clean enough argument…..” apparently dirty windows are the first step on the slippery slope to slovenly lifestyle… and carry it home in an extra shopping bag that I have in my purse. My parents had beautiful roses growing in the year… We would get care packages from German relatives loaded with delicious treats.

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), Stuwwelpeter Stories (the man with the scissors who cuts off the thumb suckers thumbs! It’s a fun children’s rhyme sung when bouncing a kid on your knees (and for the record, my kids loved it too…) You tell me.. my regular everyday friends could not understand why I couldn’t sleep over Friday nights…. We’d get to the airport 3 hours early to try and gets seats together, but other Germans got there 4 hours early… It also included 9 time zone changes and having to reset my brain to all German language all the time. While friends here had cousins, Aunts and Uncles and extended relatives come for birthday parties and holidays… even when I go to the beach (Ok, in Northern California, you often need jackets at the beach. And it was seldom that Germans would visit us without a nice Blumenstrauss (Bouquet of Flowers). I still prefer a Ritter Sport over Hersheys any day.

) , Max und Moritz (ground into flour, and eaten by geese) and all of their cautionary tales about good and bad behavior. Hoppe Hoppe Reiter Hop Hop Rider(I was terrified for years because of that sweet ditty.)Cake isn’t just for birthdays! Apfel Kuchen (Apple Cake), Kaesesahne Torte, Mocha Torte, Frankfurter Kranz, und Pflaumen Kuchen. Creams against the sun, creams against the cold, creams against the dryness…. or take part in normal Saturday morning activities. we had long distance phone calls, letters and occasional visits.

In the film model Brooke Williams was made up like women from the 1910s all the way to the modern day, embracing trends including 1980s punk and a homage to iconic Rheinberg-born model Claudia Schiffer, who was hugely popular in the 1990s.

The 1930s looks on the Youtube clip also reflects the politics of the time and the model's hair is pulled into two low plaits as it was the dawn of the Nazi era and women's appearance was usually kept natural. The Seventies saw a rise of women wearing long loose hair in the West, while in the East an overtly hippy-ish look was on the rise, demonstrated by Brooke wearing a headband of braided hair and going bare-faced.

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