So many times I think to myself, “Wow, I would’ve never done that, tried that, seen that, had I not moved to Germany”. I’m quite sure if you are a fellow expat, you’ve also had these thoughts.
Food can be a big cultural difference and only further exacerbating that culture shock you feel when you move to a new country. While other countries may have similar things, they are typically different in their own way. Think, pizza. How many different styles of pizza can you think of? Exactly.
Aside from beer and bratwurst, Germany has so many other delicacies to offer. Here are five that were new for me:
This is a preview of Expat Life: Five Things I Never Would Have Eaten If I Hadn’t Moved to Germany.
A little bit of Brazil on German cinema screens: after several years without much involvement, the film festival in the German capital – one of the most important in the world – can now count on some strong contributions from Brazil.
“Praia do Futuro”, a film by Karim Aïnouz. Shown here: Clemens Schick, Wagner Moura, Jesuita Barbosa. Berlinale competition
This is a preview of Seven Brazilian film entries in the Berlinale.
Anmeldung bei der Meldebehörde (Anmeldung process for the Bürgeramt office): What is it and why do you need to know about it? You are required by law to register your residency within seven days of arriving in Germany (in some towns the deadline could be two weeks). The registration process is called Anmeldung or Bürgeramt Anmeldung, and it’s mandatory if you want to live legally in Germany.
It applies to everyone who lives in Germany, citizens and foreign residents alike. Without official registration of your local address, you cannot get a residence permit, nor can you complete your enrollment at the university or do other official things that require proof of residence. In German, the proof of residence is called Anmeldebestätigung or Meldebescheinigung.
This is a preview of Moving to Germany: Anmeldung Explained.
You know the feeling: to you, your room is sufficiently tidy, your friends can pop by, there’s a few bits and pieces floating around, but generally speaking, it’s grand. Then you’ve got a guest coming to stay, and suddenly the mirror needs to be polished, the books on the shelf should be facing the other way, and you start seeing things that you’d never normally notice. When you look at things from an outsiders perspective you see loads of things that get overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
I’ve had numerous people here to visit me in Cologne, and each time I’ve picked up on different things about the city that I normally just don’t see at all.
This is a preview of Living in Germany: Schein und Sein.