Seriously. If I could go drunk or drink while shopping, maybe just maybe, the experience would be less stressful. Let me start by saying, I’m Germany’s biggest fan. For the most part, I think they do so many things better (future post to come), but no one is perfect. And the things they aren’t “perfect” in make this expat want to curl up into the fetal position and cry…..or drink. Can you drink while laying curled up in a ball? If so, that’s how you can find me most days after going to the store.
This is a preview of Expat Life: The Dark Side of Grocery Shopping.
Today’s guest post comes from an Australian fellow who spent some time in Germany and wanted to share his impressions. You can finding him on Twitter @TomMark84. Take it away Mark!
For a city perhaps best known for a wall, Berlin did not strike me as the most exhilarating of destinations for my latest overseas jaunt. As far as I was concerned, it meant cold weather, pretzels (of which I’m not the biggest fan), and stern-faced locals without much of a sense of humour.
This is a preview of Visiting Germany: An Australian in Berlin.
But I seem to be one of the very few people who don’t enjoy the costumed drunken fest that is German Karnival/Fastnacht/Fasching. So I won’t rain on your parade. Here you can hear Lehrer Werkstatt talks about her own experience with this crazy German celebration. There are a lot of pictures. No Apathy Allowed also has some photos and words on the subject.
Letters to our pre-expat selves.
“It didn’t take long before you realised the leading an expatriate lifestyle wasn’t always rosy. Starting all over again definitely was as difficult as climbing Everest. Society did not function the way you were used to for the past 26 years.”
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: Fasching, Frankfurt, Würzburg, Berlin, Donuts.
C.S Lewis was a man after my own heart, he once said you can’t get a cup of tea large enough, or a book long enough to suit me. Tea, reading and writing are up there with German (and now Polish) as the loves of my life. This week is “Reading Week” at Trinity, and I’ve been doing exactly that. Assignments can wait, in the library I’ve buried my head in books about the European Parliament, the birth of “Modernity” in Europe and some German experimental prose. On the bus I’ve been catching up with Bill Bryson via Kindle, and I just finished a book documenting an Irishman’s adventures in Poland during the 1990′s. Both of the above leading to some very unashamed “laugh out loud” moments during the otherwise silent commute.
Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back to highlight another action-packed weekend of Bundesliga action as James is joined in the heart of Bavaria by Jon and Alex to break down a Matchday 24 that was just as fancy and entertaining as the 2014 Oscars.
Did FC Bayern München’s thrashing of FC Schalke 04 underline the gulf in class between the league leaders and the chasing pack? What are the implications of VfL Wolfsburg suffering a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of 1899 Hoffenheim? Is Armin Veh’s impending departure positive or negative from an Eintracht Frankfurt perspective? Has Joachim Löw waited to long to introduce the likes of Matthias Ginter, Andre Hahn, Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Shkodran Mustafi to the national team and which Bundesliga all-star XI could beat the almighty FC Bayern?
This is a preview of German Bundesliga Podcast: Matchday 23 Reaction + DFB Chat.
You know, I realize that I don’t write that much about being an expat. You don’t see envious travel pictures from me weekly. I don’t write that often about all of the great things here in Germany or complain too much (except for this time). If I had to give a reason as to why, I could sum it up in just a few words: being an expat is hard.
This is a preview of Expat Life: Advice to My Pre-Expat Self.