How do you sum up a complex, diverse culture such as the German by serving one dish and preparing activities for a themed evening?
It’s not an easy task – but we tried to fulfill it on Tuesday, when the German IYW-participants invited the rest of the group to celebrate a German night together.
Since raclette (table barbecue) and chocolate fondue appear to be dishes many families cook for special occasions such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we prepared those. Our international friends were loved it.
Later, we presented a parody about German stereotypes and played “1,2, oder 3” (transl.: 1, 2 or 3), a famous German quiz show probably every German teenager has watched as a kid. Did you know Kevin and Chantalle were not the most popular names in Germany in 2015 but Anna and Ben are?
Right after that, we danced “Friesenrock”, a popular dance in northern and eastern parts of the country, as well as Foxtrot, usually one of the first dances one learns when listening to German schlager for the first time and ended up dancing Tanzani and other dances as well.
When there’s food on the table and music plays, we’re all united in happiness.