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Series Places Spotlight on Germany

January 26, 2011 – The “Passport to the World” series goes to Germany Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Author Sharon Hudgins will present “Passport to Germany: Land of Laptops and Lederhosen” from noon-1:30 at the Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Hudgins is an author and professional food writer who lived in Germany for 15 years.  She taught for the University of Maryland's programs in several German cities and also began her food-writing career there.

Since 1997 she has been the food columnist for German Life magazine in the United States and, since 2007, the food editor for "European Traveler" website.  She has lectured on German topics on Danube River cruises, and she travels to Germany every year to gather material for her food-and-travel articles for several U.S. publications.

“Laptops and Lederhosen” will focus on Germany as a country, contrasting traditional images of Germany with the realities of Germany today. The illustrated lecture will include a brief summary of German history, an overview of the geography of Germany, and a description of the different regions of the country from the Baltic Sea to the Bavarian Alps.

The presentation will also include information about the evolution of German cuisine, from sausages, sauerkraut, and beer to fine wines and Michelin-starred restaurants.

All “Passport to the World” events are free and open to the public.

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