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„Dienst ist Dienst und Schnaps ist Schnaps.“

— German Saying, which literally means „Work is work and liquor is liqour“. Even if we are doing work that we enjoy, it isn’t always fun. Sometimes it’s just work that needs to get done so the typical German attitude is, accept it, put your head down and get through it, so you can relax after. It’s also a reminder to schedule periods of recovery. Just don’t overdo it with the Schnaps to avoid hangovers. 😀

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„Deutschland hat mir zehnmal mehr gegeben, als ich mir je erhofft habe. Ich verdanke diesem wunderbaren Land mein Leben.“

— Rudi Carrell (1934-2006), Dutch entertainer and tv host, who lived and worked in Germany for decades. Along with other Dutch entertainers like Johannes Heesters or Linda de Mol, he was very successful and probably the most famous Dutchman in Germany. He had his own “Rudi Carrell Show”, which ran from the 60′s to the 90′s. He also sang and acted in several movies.

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„There is a German word, Sehnsucht, which has no English equivalent; it means ‘the longing for something’. It has Romantic and mystical connotations; C.S. Lewis defined it as the ‘inconsolable longing’ in the human heart for ‘we know not what’. It seems rather German to be able to specify the unspecifiable. The longing for something – or, in our case, for someone.”

― Julian Barnes, Levels of Life