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Nürnberg night market

My purchase: denim jacket for €7, Zara day dress for €3, Guess faux fur coat for €25. Photo: Anh Tran

Whenever I move to a new place, I feel the urge to buy some fashion pieces that the locals often wear. It’s just my way of integrating into the new culture and at the same time, looking less like a tourist. However, it is extremely difficult to do a wardrobe makeover on a student budget. So if you want to know a fun and cheap way to explore new style without going bankrupt then read on.

Every month, the Nürnberg night market (Nachtflohmarkt) takes place from 18:00 till midnight at PARKS Nürnberg. My flatmates and I went there around half past 20 and still managed to find a plenty of decent clothes. After paying the entrance fee of 3 euros, you have access to the giant second-hand warehouse of various styles and sizes. Here you could find anything from shoes to dresses, bags to accessorizes at a very reasonable price. Even though, the clothes are second-hand, they are in good condition and some have been worn only once or twice. I found a Zara dress that still had the tag. I am guilty of buying expensive formal dresses just to wear them once because I don’t want the same dress showed up twice on my Instagram. So here you can find that formal wear or even Dirdl (traditional German dress) for less than half of the original price.

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Summer in the City

Some nice coasters. Photo: Anh Tran

The beginning of May is the time when a lot of fun events take place. Nürnberg becomes awake after the cold and gloomy winter. People go out and enjoy warm, sunny days. If you’re curious about what Nürnberger usually do in May then read on. Below is some of the most popular events that attract lots of the locals and you can check them out as well.

Gostenhof flea market

This event takes place the most hipster neighborhood in Nürnberg- Gostenhof. The flea market is organized by friendly locals. I would go early when the good stuff has not been sold yet. Here you can find anything: vintage watches, skateboard, books, vinyl records, second-hand clothing…etc. The flea market is not as big as some in big cities such as Berlin, and certainly not a Zara shop, where things are new and in order. With that being said, it’s important to keep an open mind when digging through all the goodies. I especially love little vintage decorations or souvenirs. For example, these worn-out glass coasters from some bars.

Simply walking around and enjoying the atmosphere of the local neighborhood, where people smile and welcome you make the flea market worth a visit. My friend picked up a Husqvarna key chain because her boyfriend is a fan of the motorbike brand. She was so happy to find the small, random but sentimental gift that the shop owner was surprised.

„Yes, my boyfriend would love this“ „ok, in that case it’s not 50 cents. It’s 100 euros now“, the shop owner laughed.

One tip to navigate through the flea market: follow the balloons, which marks the houses participating in the flea market. You can also find more info of the event on Facebook.

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Make new friends with FVI – FAU Volunteers for Internationals

Meetings with the students from aorund the world. Photo: Karoline Czorn

You are new at the university, feel homesick or lonely? Then let me introduce you to a young and wonderful family of the students who can make you a cup of warm cocoa with a cookie – FVI (FAU Volunteers for Internationals). They are ready to help you with any problems you have regarding life in Germany or studying at the university, but what most important is, they can help you to organize your leisure time. FVI is open to any student of the FAU who wants to take part in an interesting trip or wishes to meet nice people. This group has, of course, much more to offer, so, please, welcome one of the first volunteers of the FVI, Christina Schreml, a student of Socialeconomics who can tell us a bit more about the inner life of the FVI.

Hi Christina. „FVI – FAU Volunteers for Internationals“ is a rather young organization. How did everything start and who was the ‚trigger‘ for it?

Christina: In February 2015, some students organised a trip for the internationals to Bamberg. Realising that there was no institution at the FAU that was solely there to help and entertain internationals, the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA – Referat für Internationale Angelegenheit) and the students who originally arranged the first trip decided to found an official organisation for this purpose. They started recruiting members via FAU Newsletters and shortly after that we were a group of approx. 20 people with regular meetings and a bucket full of ideas. I think we are different from other university groups because our members are students from different departments of the university, not just one, like the FSI’s. We also try to present a program that involves everyone and meets everyone’s interests. For example: Our weekly Sprachenstammtisch (Language meeting) attracts not only internationals but also natives. This helps the international students a lot to become a part of the university’s community.

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International Menu: Über den Tellerrand edition (Part 2)

Evelin Balog. Foto: privat

Evelin Balog chose the Ukrainian dish „Varenyky“. Foto: privat

If you missed the first part of the story, click here.

It is always exciting and challenging to organize an event all by yourself, but it is exciting to participate in one as well. I was absolutely amazed by the hospitality of Karoline and other participants. At that evening we become a little family. And I would like to ask another participant whether this spirit was only in my imagination or others also shared it. So let’s hear what our Hungarian chef, Evelin Balog, thinks about it.

Hi, Evelin. You definitely have a cooking talent. We all enjoyed your dishes and hope you enjoyed the evening as well. So how did you find out about the “International Menu” event and why did you decide to join it?

Evelin: I read about a similar event on Facebook in December, but unfortunately I did not manage to go there. Later, the main organizer of the event simply asked me if I wanted to help to organize another cooking event. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get to know new people and spend a cool evening together.

Could you tell a bit more about the dishes you made?

The dishes look great and taste even better. Foto: Olha Kuzmyn

The dishes look great and taste even better. Foto: Olha Kuzmyn

Evelin: I wanted to cook something traditional but then the question arouse whether it should be a traditional Hungarian or a traditional Ukrainian dish. As I am closely connected with both countries I decided to cook Ukrainian “Varenyky” (dumplings filled with mashed potato) and Hungarian “Gundel Palacsinta” (pancakes with a filling made of ground nuts, milk, raisins and plum jam and melted chocolate on the top).

What was the most challenging and most exciting part of the event?

Evelin: The most challenging part of the evening, I think, was the moment when I started to bake the pancakes. It turned out that the pans in the kitchen were not suitable for pancakes so I had to modify the recipe a bit and instead of Hungarian pancakes we had American ones. The most exciting moment was when people with different cultural backgrounds were making those dumplings with such a passionate devotion as if they were  part of their own culture.

As you can see, cooking can be not only tasty but enjoyable as well. If you want to join the next event feel free to ask organizers on their Facebook page Über den Tellerrand. And Bon Appétit!

And many thanks to Karoline Teichmann and Evelin Balog for the great interviews!

Olha Kuzmyn