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YG Guest Bloggers are bloggers and writers who write the occasional post for our site. If you have something you'd like to say about your experiences in Germany and would like to become a YG Guest Blogger, then send us an email at contact[AT]young-germany[DOT]de.

One Year in Berlin: Warum Berlin? (in German)

by Patrick Molligo

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

Die Welt wird jeden Tag kleiner. Ich bin in Long Island aufgewachsen aber ich habe mich nie gefühlt, dass ich isoliert bin. Natürlich habe ich eine besondere Beziehung mit meinem Heim in New York, aber ich möchte glauben, dass ich ein Teil von einer großen Gemeinschaft bin. Ich wäre beides kurzsichtig und arrogant, wenn ich dächte, dass mein Leben keine Verbindung mit fremden Menschen zu tun hat. Wir leben in einer Zeit der Globalisierung und deshalb müssen wir lernen, mit verschiedenen Leuten zu interagieren. Mit dem Internet wissen wir sofort, was tausende von Meilen weg passiert ist. Mit neuer Technologie können wir ohne Schwierigkeit mit Freunden in fernen Ländern sprechen. Ich frage daher, warum sollte meine Bildung in New York bleiben?

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Berlin: Secret Sightseeing Tips

by Christina Olivier

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

When you decide to live in Berlin, as a student or for work, everything is an adventure. Whether deciding on which bread to choose from the myriad of tantalizing options at your local Steinecke, or simply a late night trip on the U-Bahn.

But like all things in life, the glamor fades and the honeymoon phase comes to an end. However, let this not be the end of your Berlin experience. As a tourist, the sights that you see and the places that you visit are the tip of the iceberg. Now is your time to look beyond the surface and become a true Berliner, and leave the title of “tourist” behind.

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One Year in Berlin: This Time auf Deutsch

by Patrick Molligo

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

Zeit meines Lebens habe ich gehört, dass meine Heimstadt die tollste, spannendste Stadt auf der Welt sei. Sie ist allerdings die Stadt, die nicht schläft: New York. Bis vor kurzem war ich mit der Aussage einverstanden. Der Verkehr, der Lärm, die hetzenden Fußgänger: Alles weist auf einen bestimmt ruhelosen Ort hin. Ruhelos sicher, aber schlaflos? Ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass New York nie zumindest schlummert. Man muss halt ein Wochenende in Berlin verbringen, um „schlaflos“ kennenzulernen.

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Moving to Germany: First Impressions

by Greg Webb

Photo: Public domain

Photo: Public domain

When you imagine going to (and living) in another country, there seems to never be a perfect way that you can capture its essence with your imagination. Considering Germany is a fully developed, 1st-world country, I was naturally under the impression that its infrastructure, population, and overall culture would not vary much from my own country, but seconds after stepping off the plane in Frankfurt Am Main, I realized this could not be further from the truth.

Despite all of the pictures I composed in my head, nothing could truly explain the differences between the United States and Germany. The surreal feeling that smacks you in the face upon arrival is one of the hardest wake up calls you will ever get in your life and although extremely tired and jetlagged, I simply could not get my emotions under control.

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One Year in Berlin: Christmas and the New Year

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

As 2014 begins I’d like to take the opportunity to do what I always enjoy at the start of a new year, namely reflect on where my life has taken me over the past 12 months. Since coming to Berlin in September I’ve learned an enormous amount about how people live and interact in this corner of the world, from how they drink their beer to how they serve their food to how they cross the street.

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How I Got a Fashion Internship in Germany

by Justine Steiner

Photo from Gratisogrpahy

Photo from Gratisogrpahy

Finding a German company willing to give an internship to an 18-year-old American girl with no experience and rough German skills isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. But somehow, I managed to do just that.

After being accepted into the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program, my next step was to decide in what field I wanted to intern. I decided to take a leap of faith and try to somehow work in the fashion industry—a passion of mine that was put on the backburner due to the limited possibilities available for a girl growing up in small-town Nebraska. I was lucky enough to be placed with a host family in Berlin, the so-called “fashion capital” of Germany, and that’s when I began my internship search.

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How to Launch Your Career in Germany

by Christina Olivier

Career Road

Photo http://www.gratisography.com/, text added

They say that life is not about the destination, but rather the journey toward it. In the case of finding and establishing a career path in Germany, that statement has never been more true. It is not so much about what one wants to become, but rather how one plans to even get there.

As a student looking to start a career in Germany, one faces many obstacles. These challenges include applying for a residential/working permit, or even attempting to understand why your end income seems so meagre after tax contributions. It is a complicated system when one is initially exposed to it, but bear in mind, it is a system that works.

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