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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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The Week in Germany: Berlin, Berries, and Castles

Schloss Freundsberg. Photo copyright Hoelzl, R./WILDLIFE

Schloss Freundsberg. Photo copyright Hoelzl, R./WILDLIFE

Berlin: Beer and museums and forbidden places

Fotostrasse has put together a summer guide to the German capital. They have also written up a trip to Berlin’s Bierfabrik.  Meanwhile, das Blog has a lovely series of photos from Museuminsel by night. And I Heart Berlin has an article about photographing Berlin’s forbidden places.

A German berry patch

“Down the street from us is a log chalet that looks right out of the Bavarian Alps, except without the red geraniums spilling over window boxes. Houses like this are not a rare sight in the United States. They tie German-Americans to their roots and make them feel at home.

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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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Big Life Questions: Work or Travel?

by California Globetrotter

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

To be very honest, I never ever had the money to travel. But somehow I make it work. As hard as my parents tried to teach me to save my money, keep track of my savings and checking accounts with one of them fancy adding books, it never stuck. I hated it. That’s what online banking was for. But it has never stopped me from buying that ticket and booking that hotel.

I just had to have it!

Before I moved to Europe, I was working a full-time, 40-hour, Monday-Friday job. I loved my job, I loved my spunky customers and I loved my coworkers. I saw myself settling down and spending the rest of my life working there.

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