3 - 2 - 1 - It's time to witness Political shifts
Learn about the new party shaking up German politics.
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Daylight Savings Time in Germany ends on the last Sunday in October. For this year, that’s the night of Saturday, October 28th to Sunday, October 29th. At 3am clocks will be set back one hour (to 2am) so you really do get an extra hour of sleep. Happy dreaming.
Plan Ahead: Remember, next Wednesday, November 1, is a holiday so be sure to stock up on all the essentials the day before.
3 bits of news
Coming soon: the NOwasteVEMBER Challenge
If you live in Munich and you're at least 18 then get ready to join the “NOwasteVEMBER” challenge where you compete to slash your household waste for a whole month. If you succeed, not only will you be eligible for cash prizes but you’ll also be helping Munich become a Zero Waste City.
Our city's Zero-Waste department is on a mission to cut down Munich's residual waste by 35% by 2035.
And guess what? They’re willing to dish out 10 prizes of 250 euros each. Here’s how you can grab one:
Fill out the first questionnaire by Monday, November 6, to register.
Finish the second questionnaire between Thursday, November 23 and Monday, December 4, and upload at least four photos displaying your waste reduction.
Remember, you’ve got to hit three of these goals: Reuse, Saving on packaging waste, and Waste separation.
For more details, read here (in German).
Dual Citizenship’s Green Light
The Bundesrat has given the thumbs-up to the new dual citizenship law. In simple words? It's now going to be a tad easier for foreigners working and living here to acquire German citizenship while maintaining their original nationality.
Daniela Behrens, a member of the SDP, spilled some beans on why this move is so essential, “Given the worker shortage, Germany's looking to be a welcoming land for immigrants.”
But hey, don't expect things to change overnight. Local offices will need some time to catch up, especially with a sea of applications expected to flood in.
And if the winds blow in the right direction, come April 2024, the new citizenship law will be in full swing. However, a heads-up to your friends living outside of Munich, snagging that coveted German passport might take longer in some cities.
For more details, check here (in English).
Shifting Dynamics in German Parties
This new party, interestingly named ‘Bündnis Sahra Wagenknecht,’ is prepping to shake things up. Her target? The current government, which she's boldly labeled as possibly the worst in history.
Wagenknecht is drawing supporters from all corners of the country, including those who are not so keen on immigration and more conservative values. What's she offering? A unique blend: conservative social values with a socialist economic agenda. What makes this even more interesting? A big chunk of members from the Left Party is on board with her. In fact, 10 out of the 38 members of parliament from the Left Party have already joined her in her new association.
Analysts are eyeing this move closely, as Wagenknecht’s stance on issues like immigration and gender diversity aligns oddly with the far-right, even though she's economically left-wing.
Her stance against arms exports to Ukraine and sanctions on Russia also puts her in a unique political position. Despite this, her popularity is surging, especially in eastern Germany and her approach could offer a new choice for many who've been feeling dissatisfied with the current options.
This is political history in the making and we would love to hear your thoughts.
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2 upcoming events
Yoga Meets Art: Unique Experience
From this weekend (Friday, October 27) though Sunday, February 18, 2024, UTOPIA Munich will be transformed into a world of impressionist beauty with the iconic “Monet's Garden” exhibition.
Remember, you need to book a 15-minute admission slot, but once you're in, you can take your time — there's no rush.
But wait, there's a twist! On special days you can join Lilli from Soul Relief for a yoga session that's like no other. Let Monet's artful nature inspire your movements, challenge your body, and soothe your mind. Plus, if you’re a Wellpass member, there’s a discount waiting for you. For non-members spots are currently booked out but waitlist spots are still possible.
📅 Friday, October 27 - Sunday, February 18, 2024
📍 Heßstraße 132, München
⏰ 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Creative Fun for Young Artists
This one's for the kids. We do know they love getting messy. And the Children’s Art House in Schwabing is the perfect spot for your kids to explore a variety of materials and techniques from painting on canvas to crafting with your own printed papers.
Kinderkunsthaus München is buzzing with activity every Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 6pm (just make sure to sneak in before 5pm) artists are on hand to demonstrate techniques and offer suggestions.
The first Sunday of the month, everyone gets to waltz in for free. Just a heads up – children between 2-14 years need an adult buddy. Those 10 and older can fly solo for a couple of hours, once they've got the green signal from a guardian.
Tickets are available only at the door, they’re a bargain at €8, including all materials. Got the Munich City pass? Even better, because then it's only €3.50. Refugee children and their companions can experience the magic for free.
Just remember, the place can get bustling with creativity, so sometimes there might be a little wait.
📅 Saturday & Sunday
📍 Römerstraße 21/corner of Hohenzollernstraße, München
⏰ 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1 new restaurant/café to try
Image source: Christina
We are proud to introduce yet another great Southeast Asian delight in the heart of Munich. With its stylish decor, May restaurant's vibe sets the stage for classy indoor celebrations or cozy outdoor evenings. The name comes from the Vietnamese word “May Man.” That means something like a waving cat.
Image source: Christina
While the quantity might not overload your plate, the quality and authentic taste will more than makeup for it. Fortunately, many dishes come with vegetarian options.
May’s menu closely mirrors that of their sister restaurant, CaGo (also in Schwanthalerhöhe), but with an added twist of hominess and the option to dine al fresco. Both capture the authentic Vietnamese spirit.
Christina went there last week, and here’s her honest review:
📍 Bergmannstraße 50, 80339 München
🥘 Southeast Asian
⏰ Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 12 Noon - 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Meme of the week 😂
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See ya next week!
Aazar, Arlene, Christina, and Heidi
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