Category Archives: Living in Germany

Reading Science Fiction in Germany: Finding Your Tribe

Dortmund SF Convention Logo

Finding your people quickly is key to settling into a new place. Particularly if you are an English-speaking someone who moves to a country with a new language, maybe even on a new continent. The language barrier can make finding your tribe hard. Maybe you can’t figure out what words to google to find the people you think you’d like to hang out with, or maybe you can’t speak “normally” (fluently, or as you would in your native language).

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German Food: What a (Kinder) Surprise

by Vanessa Abel

Photo courtesy Leather & AbelToo good to be true?

Just when I had thought I had seen everything Kinder Surprise could offer, I spotted this mini egg carton in the aisle of the local supermarket. Oooooh, something new to try! Jason raised his eyebrows as I put it into the shopping basket, but he was quickly reminded it was for our blog research.

It’s a good thing I saw them really. It’s actually better than the real thing! How is this possible I hear you ask? Well… let’s take a look inside.

Photo courtesy Leather & Abel

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A Trip to Dresden: The Angels

by Vanessa Abel

Photo courtesy Leather & AbelWe only had very little time so we rushed into the museum and ran around all the floors. If you are properly into art, then I’m sure you would love it. But we were rushed for time and there was mulled wine to be had! So, if you are fan of the little angels, then pop into this place quickly and see them. If you are a general lover of art, you can easily spend a couple of hours here. Otherwise, I guess (and don’t hate me for saying this please, but…) it’s just an art gallery. Instead of paying a huge price to go inside, I would wander around the outside and see grounds, as they are free and pretty magnificent.

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Expat Bloggers Blog Hop: Travel in Germany

Hiking in Garmisch.  Photo (cc) flickr user hoosadork

Hiking in Garmisch. Photo (cc) flickr user hoosadork

At long last the blog hop arrives at my favorite subject: travel. Have you traveled in Germany?  Have you blogged about things to see in the town where you live?  Then you can add a link to your post in the linky tool below, and we can all drool over each other’s photographs.

What is a blog hop and how do I join?

A blog hop is a way to collect links for blogs on a similar topic, to make it easy to find other bloggers and to get conversation started.  So you write a post talking about travel in Germany, or find an older post in which you talk about the same.  Then you add your link using the tool below.

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Real Expat Life: Things I Won’t Miss About Germany

by Shannon Miller

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

When you move abroad you go through phases. First you’re in wonder. Everything is different and new and exciting and an adventure! Then the frustration. It’s different and it’s hard and I JUST DON’T LIKE IT. Then, you come to terms with it, make the best of it, and then you’re fully integrated and you’ve passed the culture shock test, right?

Har har! ;)

I’m of the opinion that no matter how long you live in a place, there will always be things that drive you crazy about it (this can also be said of “back home” too, lest you think I’m picking unfairly on good ole Deutschland). I also think that as an expat blogger, I should be honest about what life is really like–ups, downs, and in betweens. I love Germany, but sometimes it irks me. And that’s ok!

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Living in Germany: Dressing Up

by Alexandra Ioakim of Flythesevenseas

Photo courtesy Sailthesevenseas

Photo courtesy Flythesevenseas

Our firm hosted a ‘sales and marketing day’ last week for the all employees in the Munich office to ‘promote talent and opportunities across service lines’ – i.e. a means to justify a large celebration.
Lured by a night out for a pre-Oktoberfest party (and informative workshops of course)  I accepted the invitation. In preparation for the event, the invitation described:

Dresscode           
Dre Dresscode sowohl für die Tages – als auch die Abendveranstaltung ist Tracht, bayerischer Landhausstil oder Casual.
(The dresscode for both the day-time and evening event is Tracht (Dirndl / Lederhosen), Bavarian country estate style or casual).
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The Everyday Expat: Understanding Cultural Awareness

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

Culture shock is often discussed when people consider moving abroad. Differences between home and destination country cultures can be confusing and difficult to navigate and the radical change in lifestyle can be harder than you might have imagined. Yet one of the best ways of preparing for ‘culture shock’ is by working on your cultural awareness – something which is less debated but in reality much more important for the success of your expat life long term.

Cultural awareness can be prepared for in advance but it is, above all else, something which is actively practised. Reading about your destination country before you go, especially advice from other expats, can give you a really good understanding of where you’re moving to, but once you’re there, remember to observe, ask questions politely and avoid making assumptions about the way people should or will behave.

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