Category Archives: Living in Germany

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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Expat Blogger Blog Carnival: A Directory of Blogging Expats in Germany

Photo (cc) flickr user Neon.Man, info below

Photo (cc) flickr user Neon.Man, info below

There are a lot of expat bloggers in Germany right now.  I already follow 93 of them, and I love hearing about the dozens of different takes foreigners have on life in Germany.  But I want to read more.  There are more of you out there and not only do I want to find and read your blogs, I want other Young Germany readers to be able to do the same.  So we’re having a party.  A link party.  A blog carnival.  A blog hop.  If you write an expat blog you’ll be able to give yourself a shout out, and if you read blogs, you’ll be able to discover something new.

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Expat Life: Why I Love Grocery Shopping in Germany

by Deanna H

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

Yes, you read that right. There are some things I actually love about the grocery shopping experience here in this new country of mine. I know you are surprised after reading about all the reasons I loathe grocery shopping here in Germany last week, but there are some definite positives amongst the negatives.

1. The Grocery Carts (Wägelchen)

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