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New Home – Germany // Neues Zuhause – Deutschland

by Jhonatan Ceballos Serna

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

“Sei du selbst, und du wirst dich überall zu Hause fühlen”. Das habe ich heute morgen gelesen und musste daran denken, wie wahr das in meinem Leben ist. Vor drei Jahre bin ich nach Deutschland gekommen und jedes Jahr ist ein ganz anderes Erlebnis gewesen. Irgendwann musste ich dieses Zitat auch selbst umsetzen.

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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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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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