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About YG Guest Blogger

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.

Expat Life: Who Would I Have Been Without Travel?

by California Globetrotter

Photo: Death to Stock Photos

Photo: Death to Stock Photos

I found myself sitting here on my couch this morning sipping on my favorite English tea from Yorkshire Gold thinking back on my life and wondering how different my life would have been if my parents had not taken me with them on their travels when I was a young girl. For starters, I wouldn’t be sitting here enjoying a good cuppa tea in my fancy teacup perusing my newest issue of National Geographic’s Travel magazine with my Europe guide-book sitting next to me and my desktop open to a last-minute flight search engine.

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Expat Life: Things I Miss Now that I’ve Moved to Germany

by California Globetrotter

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

While it is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience to get the chance to live abroad in a country other than America, there are aspects from home I will always miss. At the time, living in the States, you take it for granted and don’t appreciate it quite as much at 2am as you should. Now that I have lived in Germany for almost 3 years, I realize now, just how much I miss many things in the States.

1. No-Smoking Sections

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Hitzewelle, Hitzefrei, Schorle & Spaghetti-Eis… Some like it hot – Germans not so much!

by Inside Germany

Photo copyright  Ingo Wagner, dpa

Photo copyright Ingo Wagner, dpa

I once was told that the Boxer, a much beloved German canine breed, has only a limited comfort temperature. If I recall it right, it was between 78 and 86 Fahrenheit, and funnily enough, I feel as if this applies to not just these particular four-legged creatures, but to Germans, aka their native human companions (surely not all, but many). As much as we Germans look forward to summer, – and complain about June gloom etc. -, when the heat really hits us, we are ill prepared and some of our coping mechanism may seem particularly strange to foreigners or are simply “typisch Deutsch” (typical German).

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Why You Will Never Be the Same After Living in Germany

by California Globetrotter

Copyright dpa

Copyright dpa

1. No Beer Festival Will Ever Compare

Admit it, Germans know how to do Beer festivals better than anyone else in the world! After going to Oktoberfest or any other beer festival in Germany, all others will seem boring compared to that time you went to Dult!

2. Schloss Neuschwanstein will make you feel like a Disney Princess

There aren’t many castles that compare to the magnitude of beauty that inspired Walt Disney to add the image of the castle before every Disney movie. All your dreams will come true here!

3. Once you go German beer, there is no going back to American beer

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Do You Have What It Takes to Do a PhD in Germany? Read on…

by Annie Kaewkarat Kirchner

Photo copyright CHROMORANGE / Antonio Gravante, dpa

Photo copyright CHROMORANGE / Antonio Gravante, dpa

I’m 27 years old, Bangkok city girl. I came to Deutschland in 2010 to pursuit Master’s Degree in Polsci (Road(s) to Democracy(ies) at the University of Siegen, which I successfully completed the degree in 2013.

Why did I choose Germany at the first place? To be bluntly honest, the thought of moving to Germany never existed in my mind at all, but that changed after I met my now German husband back in 2005 in a beautiful Westchester, New York where we attended the same class and same school. We both love the United States so much and we’d love to go back there again one day. But after much thought and consideration, coming to Germany would present a whole new experience and everything that is unfamiliar to me. So we both embraced the idea of coming to Germany wholeheartedly and began our wonderful journey in Deutschland together.

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Understanding Lederhosen and Dirndl Culture

by California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy Rare Dirndl

Photo courtesy Rare Dirndl

One of the many things that people automatically associate with Germany is the traditional Bavarian costume. However, this is a big misconception about the German people. What most people don’t realize is that the Lederhosen and Dirndl are a Bavarian tradition and therefore not worn throughout all of Germany. Nor are they worn all the time. For the most part, Bavarians wear their Lederhosen and Dirndl on special occasions, however it is quite possible to see some hard-core Bavarians wearing them for no special reason other than the fact that they are proud of their heritage. But don’t be surprised when you are walking around Bavaria and not everyone is wearing them.

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11 Blogs that Will Help You Learn German

by Sadie Douse

Photo Gratisography

Photo Gratisography

Have you ever thought about learning a new language but dropped the idea as soon as you thought about the resources? German is one of those languages that people love to learn, but many beginners have no clue as to where and how to start.

Learning German can be a daunting task, especially if you want to learn it online without any professional guidance. There are a myriad of websites. Which should you rely on? However, there are a lot of blogs who are making the job easier for German enthusiasts. If you want to learn German online for free, you should check out the following blogs.

  1. Fluent In Three Months
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