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  • #16
    Okay, maybe we should take that chance and make a facebook group to finally build up some form of german community.
    i just created a facebook group and here's the link to it:
    Log In | Facebook

    I can make you all admins and we can build it up together.
    My blog about living primal in Germany:

    http://www.germancavegirl.blogspot.com

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    • #17
      Excellent idea! I sent you a request to join. ;-)

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      • #18
        Jamie Scott (That Paleo Guy) has a post where he explains his motivation for attending the Ancestral health Symposium. One reason was loneliness.

        He wrote:
        “My original purpose for attending was always about meeting the people there, and not just the presenters. There seems to be little pockets of (re)evolutionary-minded people scattered around the globe, and we are all social media savvy. But away from our twatter-bleeping, bloggering, and Facegoogling+ (some of us even go old school and send personal emails to each other), it can seem a bit lonely at times. This was one of many very stimulating conversations I had with Emily over the days in LA... it can be very frustrating being around people who just seem not to get it. Despite having almost instantaneous contact with a collective brains-trust one can feel very removed and lonely.”

        Jamie pretty much sums up how I felt the last three years. Not many savvy folks here in Germany who know about the Paleo/Primal movement. It's bread and beer and the usual fastfood American, Turkish or Asian style. And the supermarkets look exactly like their brothers in USA. Breakfast cereals, pizza with an ingredient list from the biochem lab, bread, pasta, processed crap that is supposed to be meat or sausage, ice cream, donuts. Sometimes I ask myself whether I live in LA or Iowa......But no - the place where this junk food dealers and the treadmill-machines-TV-Aerobic-gyms are located is called "Berlin". No, not Berlin, Texas. Berlin, Germany. And in this big city I knew not one single Primal/Paleo soul. Where is my tribe? Facebook and the blogosphere is great but I’d prefer real human beings in face to face contact.

        Things are getting better here. I met two tribe members in the jungle of Neukölln: they opened the first Paleo restaurant in May. And for Primal fitness there is a gym with a smart trainer (crosstraining Berlin). Martial arts, weightlifting, kettlebell sports (Steve Cotter style). I found a personal trainer who does Gray Cook’s Movement Screen. In Prenzelberg and Tempelhof you can do Scott Sonnon's CST/tacfit training with a great Coach. Then there are KB Instructors (Pavel cert) and three crossfit gyms. Really cool.
        Last edited by Hepcat; 08-13-2011, 09:16 AM.

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        • #19
          I'll bet you'll find some tribe members at the upcoming MovNat workshop in October in Berlin.
          2-Day MovNat Workshop in Berlin, Germany - Eventbrite

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          • #20
            Hallo from Germany I'm new to MDA, but been into fitness for a very long time.

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            • #21
              MovNat Berlin is sold out.

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              • #22
                Welcome early_bird! :-) Where are you in Germany?

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                • #23
                  Hi everyone! I'm a newbie and I'm from Italy, I live in Genoa! And in a month I'll have to visit Germany for work. Specifically I'll be in Nuremberg!

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                  • #24
                    Welcome to Germany then, Gaulshun.

                    I am currently living in Berlin for work, and my German is around B2 level (I am taking classes), so I think I am capable of the Facebook group's discussions - I just requested to join.

                    Germany seems to be ideal for following a primal diet. There is great resistance to genetically modified anything, Berlin has an incredible number of Organic-only stores (though they are hellishly expensive...steak for 3 can run more than 60 euros!).

                    I am interested in joining up with other like minded people and creating food co ops, and perhaps engaging in movnat type training together. Hopefully this is discussed on the Facebook group's page - I am looking forward to meeting up with you.

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                    • #25
                      I'm from Germany (Rheinland-Pfalz) originally but moved to the States years ago. Been eating primally for 2 years now.

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                      • #26
                        I'm also in Berlin. I get lots of pity when I tell people I have to avoid grains because that is just about the most horrible thing a German person can imagine: a life with no bread, and no beer. At least there's always smoked ham with lots of nitrites and canned vegetables. Argh, this country has a long way to go.

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                        • #27
                          Hello from Italy
                          Just write my first thread on the meet&greet section

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                          • #28
                            I'm over in Austria (Vienna). So kind of in the region...

                            I'm an American Expat living over here, last November, my Dr. put me on a highly restricted diet, that was basically Primal. I searched the internet looking for info and a community to join in with, mostly through Atkins forums, but the forums I found were pretty toxic and not very positive.

                            A co-worker pointed me in the direction of Mark's Daily Apple a couple months ago and I got completely sucked in. I like it here. Hooray!

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                            • #29
                              I am in Germany, too (Nordrhein-Westfalen).
                              Turnstone's world - not really a journal...


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                              • #30
                                Am in Frankfurt. Seems to be plenty of grass fed meat about, going on my local butcher. Either that or I misunderstood using my distinctly ropey German.

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