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The Soaring Kiwi and the Sauerkraut is the offbeat travel tale of a hang gliding New Zealander who makes the mistake of marrying a grumpy German and moving to Munich, the city of big beer and Lederhosen you couldn't whip a high ranking motorsport official into wearing. A big life style change for the kiwi known to most of the world as:

a) a small brown furry fruit
b) a bran
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published June 29th 2015 by CreateSpace (first published April 28th 2015)
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Arun
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book bursting with humour and adventure. Belonging to a tribe of bug-swatters similar to the ones the Soaring Kiwi so dreads, I was able to relate to the sense of ennui he experienced in his IT stints. Equally relatable is the confusion the Kiwi experienced during his initial days in a foreign country. The book is filled with funny descriptions of the Kiwi and his Frau's life in Germany and examines every little aspect of the daily humdrum under a humorous lens. There are some issues ...more
Lisa Dymond
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You'll read this book thinking Phil the author is actually speaking to you personally- a kind of New Zealand Bill Bryson. Laugh out loud at his antics settling into a new culture - a great read for anyone who has moved countries and encountered bureaucratic nightmares or just travelling through. He's obviously a genuine petrolhead from a long line of petrolheads and he's in car heaven - or is he? Those who have experienced the Autobahn at a standstill or had Autobahn car envy will empathise with ...more
Zama Nkosi
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Soaring Kiwi and the Sauerkraut was an enjoyable read and at times had me laughing-out-loud on my train ride to work. Any expat who's moved to Germany will relate on so many levels with this book and will surely make a great gift for those friends who live here...

I highly recommend this book and plan on buying it for friends too!
Lois Levy
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable, tongue in cheek amusing read describing his new life in a new country. His attempts to master a new language, culture as well as getting to grips with the countries bureaucratic minefields. Extremely funny in parts and a perfect book to take on holiday to while away a long plane journey.
Glen Salmon
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great lighthearted funny interesting and informative journey with Phil
Lance Wiggs
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tough times

Great stuff Phil - some brutal descriptions of working life in there. But it seems to stop a few years ago - where are the missing chapters? :-)
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The Soaring Kiwi, aka Phil Southward, is a wannabe competition hang gliding pilot and author. Phil was born in the small town of Lower Hutt, a suburb of the big, for New Zealand standards, capital city Wellington.

After completing an unremarkable few years at school, he went on to squeeze a further forgettable number of years in the IT industry while travelling, skiing, windsurfing, surfing, hang g
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