Sometimes Being an Expat Sucks: What to Do When You’re Lonely

by Shannon Miller

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Today’s guest post comes to you from Shannon Miller from the blog Beginnings in Bayern.  Shannon is an American who found herself in Germany “navigating marriage, the Army, expat life, and my insatiable need to travel.”  You can read more about her adventures here.  Take it away Shannon!

I’ve gone through my share of challenges in my five years abroad, but no move was as tough as my relocation to Bavaria, when I came as a trailing spouse. As I struggled to make a home for myself over that year and a half, I found that most expats I met were going through the same things I was. Just last week I met some girlfriends for lunch to catch up and one of them commented, “I’m so glad I met all of you. This place got SO much better once I had some friends.” We all agreed wholeheartedly, and it got me thinking I should reach out to all of you who might be in that place right now.

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The Week in Germany: Berlin in 24 Hours, German Customer Service, and Dirndl Advice

11 Burg Gutenfels

Job interviews in Germany when your German is still a work in progress.

Heather in Deutschland had an interview entirely auf Deutsch.  How did it go?  Well, she can tell it best right over here.

Is Berlin in 24 hours even possible?

Well, apparently.  Fotostrasse has a guide for those with only a spot of time to spend in Germany’s capital.

“You just got here and you’re lost with so many places to see but not enough time to actually go. I’ll post some of the main attractions together with some history and a personal points of view, so you can see Berlin through the eyes of an expatiate and have the best of both worlds: the tourist and the local.”  Read the entire guide here.

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Birthdays in Germany // Geburtstag in Deutschland

by Jhonatan Ceballos Serna

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

Our blogs are usually in English–we want people who haven’t had the chance to learn German to be able to learn about life in Germany–but in cooperation with Study-In.de, we are going to share a series of blogs written in German.  Because we know some of you would really like to get some more practice.  So give this post, written by a Colombian student in Germany, a try and let us know how it goes in the comments!  Happy reading.

Wahrscheinlich feiert man den Geburtstag sehr ähnlich auf der ganzen Welt. Familie, Freunde und Kuchen gehören überall dazu. Aber es gibt ein paar Sachen in Deutschland, die für mich anders sind.

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German Bundesliga Podcast: Matchday 30 Review + DFB Pokal Preview

Talking Fussball Podcast

Talking Fussball Podcast

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back with another weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness as James is joined in the heart of Munich by his bundesliga.com colleague Bernie to breakdown a Matchday 30 packed to the brim with talking points before looking ahead to the DFB Pokal semi-finals.

Has the defeat to Borussia Dortmund proven that FC Bayern München’s invincibility was just a scary Bundesliga story? Do FC Schalke 04 still have a chance of clinching second place? Can Bayer 04 Leverkusen hold onto fourth place now that Sascha Lewandowski’s in charge? Is Kevin De Bruyne finally showing the type of form expected of him following his move to VfL Wolfsburg? Are Borussia Mönchengladbach gearing up for a long spell in European competition next season and how is the relegation battle going to pan out?

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The Roller Coaster Ride of Expat Life

by Deanna Herman

Photo courtesy Deanna at From Casinos to Castles

Photo courtesy Deanna at From Casinos to Castles

I didn’t know it would happen, but moving to Germany the first time back in 2008 changed me. It changed me in a way I suppose I can never get back. I’m not sure I want to, but I know this new person has always felt a constant longing ever since. There is always a piece of my heart missing, and I suppose there always will be.

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The Week in Germany: Expat Meetups, Dresden, Luminale, Words

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Is there a difference between being a military family and an expat?

And does it matter?  I hover between the exact meanings of words meaning EVERYTHING and nothing at all, ho-hum, is there anything else on?

Am I an expat?  Immigrant would probably be more appropriate.  Expat always sounds so fleeting, and I am in Germany for good.  Do we need to have labels for all the different kinds of foreigners living in a country?  Are these labels more exclusive than inclusive?  From Casinos to Castles got a discussion going on the topic with her contraversial post Sorry Military Families, You’re Not Expats.  I don’t know if I agree or disagree, but it is an interesting discussion.

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