Seriously. If I could go drunk or drink while shopping, maybe just maybe, the experience would be less stressful. Let me start by saying, I’m Germany’s biggest fan. For the most part, I think they do so many things better (future post to come), but no one is perfect. And the things they aren’t “perfect” in make this expat want to curl up into the fetal position and cry…..or drink. Can you drink while laying curled up in a ball? If so, that’s how you can find me most days after going to the store.
This is a preview of Expat Life: The Dark Side of Grocery Shopping.
You know, I realize that I don’t write that much about being an expat. You don’t see envious travel pictures from me weekly. I don’t write that often about all of the great things here in Germany or complain too much (except for this time). If I had to give a reason as to why, I could sum it up in just a few words: being an expat is hard.
This is a preview of Expat Life: Advice to My Pre-Expat Self.
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.
My Erasmus year has come full circle. Ten months ago I sat in an empty room with only Skype and my kettle for company, surrounded by white walls and unpacked suitcases. Yesterday morning I did the same, although the kettle had already deserted me. It sounds a bit sad when I put it like that, but it’s all for dramatic effect, dontcha know?
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.
On June 2012, the EU -and thus Germany- launched an offensive to attract skilled workers and boost the labour market. Here is the result:
Photo (cc) flickr user Leo Reynolds
The EU Blue Card is a new residence permit for non-EU nationals who have an academic or equivalent qualification and a defined level of minimum salary. Through the EU Blue Card, non-EU nationals can be granted a German residence permit with the right to work and live in Germany.
Photo (cc) flickr user Leo Reynolds
This is a preview of Six Facts About the EU Blue Card.