Category Archives: Living in Germany

New Home – Germany // Neues Zuhause – Deutschland

by Jhonatan Ceballos Serna

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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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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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How I Got Here: An Expat Bloggers Blog Hop

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Photo copyright dpa

There are a thousand different ways to end up living in Germany.  One person followed a spouse.  Another came to study.  A third came for a job.  A fourth loved the language so much that she decided to move here.  So how did you end up in Germany?  Sharing that story is what this blog hop is about.

What is a blog hop?

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.

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On German Friendship // Über die deutsche Freundlichkeit

by Jhonatan Ceballos Serna

Friendship.  Photo copyright dpa

Friendship. 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.

Es ist schwer Deutsche kennen zu lernen oder eine Freundschaft mit einem Deutschen zu schließen. Wir alle haben davon gehört, es wahrscheinlich selbst erlebt. Ich weiß , dass es auch anders gehen kann. Vorurteile sind keine Regeln. Ich will nur meine Gedanken mitteilen, über die Gründe, warum viele Ausländer so einen Eindruck bekommen.

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Expat Life: My Oktoberfest

 by Deanna H

Photo courtesy From Casinos to Castles

Photo courtesy From Casinos to Castles

Welcome to a little version of Flashback Friday on the blog today…except that its Monday.  Oh well. With it being that time of year and seeing so many posts making me reminiscent of past events and great times, I decided to share when I went to Oktoberfest here in Germany. To do that we have to go back to 2009, and we also don’t travel to Munich. What??? Yep. I have never been to the Oktoberfest  in Munich, but I did have the opportunity to go to a local celebration with some great friends.

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The Week in Germany: Berlin, Berlin, Dogs, Visas, Etc

Berlin's East Side Gallery.  Photo copyright dpa

Berlin’s East Side Gallery. Photo copyright dpa

In case you need some fodder for your street art festish.

Leather and Abel went on a Berlin graffiti tour and took pictures and will tell you all about it right here.

Or for your abandoned buildings fetish.

An abandoned bowling alley!?  How weird and creepy and cool.  Check out stories and photos here.

Germany loves dogs.

And so does Berlin.  But everything that Fotostrasse say about dogs in Berlin applies to most of the rest of the country as well.  (The generals, obviously, not the specifics.)

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