• Germany's news in English

'I'd furnish Oldenburg with more hills'

The Local · 26 Apr 2013, 08:28

Published: 26 Apr 2013 08:28 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Rachel Ramsay is a British lecturer at the University of Oldenburg. The 34-year-old from Bristol has lived in Germany since October 2010.

What do you love about Oldenburg?

Oldenburg is a small, clean, pretty city – good for cycling and relatively quiet. If you want more life – bars and boutiques, hipster cafes etc., Bremen is half an hour away, and Hamburg around two hours by train.

What would like to change about the city?

Well, Shakespeare gave Bohemia a fictional coastline in The Winter’s Tale, and I would furnish Oldenburg with more hills.

Is the city friendly to foreigners?

In my experience, yes. I was warned about northern German reticence and aloofness by more than one Rhinelander before I moved here from Bonn, but I’ve yet to come across it.

What do you do on a typical weekend?

I don’t have much spare time at the moment due to work commitments, but I like going for a walk or occasionally a run in the Schlossgarten, admiring the city’s neo-classical architecture, looking around the shops in the city centre or going to one of the farmers’ markets, or just walking for miles down the River Hunte.

What do you miss about home?

Pies. No question. Working at the English department, there is no shortage of opportunities for me to speak the language; nowadays you can watch TV or listen to the radio online so it’s easy enough to keep up with developments back home – but I have never found a satisfactory pie substitute in Germany.

What is the food like in Oldenburg and where is your favourite hangout?

One of the things I like about Oldenburg is its proximity to the Netherlands, which means we have a few Dutch shops here – and Frizz Fritterie in the city centre, where you can get extremely tasty Dutch chips. I like going to the Havana bar/restaurant on Pferdemarkt to eat and drink, because the atmosphere is quite lively and you can get Haake-Beck Kräusen there; a cloudy lager.

Story continues below…

What is the one thing that a tourist has to see there?

The Schlossgarten, an English-style Garden which was created in the early 1800s: tranquil and picturesque.

Interview conducted by Roma Rajpal.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Germans think they're fit, but they're really couch potatoes
Photo: DPA.

There's been an increase in the number of Germans who define themselves as "fit", but their lifestyle choices don't quite match this self-perception.

10 fascinating facts you never knew about German beer
Tennis coach Boris Becker and his wife Lilly at Oktoberfest 2016 in Munich. Photo: DPA

From malt and monks to Radlers and rivalries, the story of German beer is as rich and wonderful as its selection.

Intensive farming 'endangers a third of German species'
Photo: DPA

There are 32,000 species of animal, plant and mushroom life native to Germany. Due to intensive farming methods, one in every three of these is endangered, a new report shows.

German hospital uses therapy to 'treat' paedophiles
A poster from the campaigne "Don't offend", which offers therapy to paedophiles. The sign reads "Do you love kids more than you'd prefer? There's help." Photo: DB Scholz & Friends / DPA.

A unique German initiative is offering therapy to paedophiles to control their urges, with the aim of getting them help before they offend.

Minister: 'no tolerance' for clowns after chainsaw attack
Photo: DPA

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has called for a zero-tolerance approach to 'killer clowns' after a series of attacks culminating in two teenagers being chased by a clown wielding a chainsaw.

Baby who was auctioned on eBay taken away from father
Photo: DPA.

A German court ruled on Thursday that a man who put his one-month-old baby up for sale on the online auction platform eBay should only be allowed contact with the child under supervision.

Portugal's ruling party calls German minister 'pyromaniac'
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Photo: DPA.

The head of Portugal's ruling Socialists called German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble a "pyromaniac" on Thursday after he criticized Lisbon for reversing course on austerity.

These are Germany's top ten universities
The new library of Freiburg University. Photo: Jörgens.mi / Wikimedia Commons

These are the best universities in all of Germany - at least according to one ranking.

Introducing Swabians - 'the Scots of Germany'
Photo: DPA

These Southern Germans have quite a reputation in the rest of the country.

Woman sues dentist over job rejection for headscarf
Photo: DPA

A dentist in Stuttgart is being taken to court by a woman whom he rejected for a job as his assistant on the basis that she wears a Muslim headscarf.

10 German clichés that foreigners get very wrong
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd