At the end of last year I received great news: I got a full scholarship to study in Germany. My whole family was excited and, well, why not? Everything about this new experience was exciting for me and for them. I tried to play it cool, taking one step at a time, telling my friends, my family, and everybody in the most calm way possible, but the tears, the congratulations, the parties, and all the related things didn’t stop (and I didn’t complain).
This is a preview of Moving to Germany: Making Friends.
Things seem to be simmering down now, but lately relations between Germany and the U.S. have been less than perfect. I’m not sure about the media coverage back home, but here every newspaper is filled with headlines about the NSA affair that’s taken the world by storm.
Luckily tensions aren’t running too high in my apartment. In fact, last week my landlady, Renate seemed much more concerned with a local project that she’s been working on for the last fews years. Allow me to explain.
Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: Guerilla Knitting.
My parents came to visit me last week and even though they only stayed for a few days, I know we all had a nice time together in Berlin. The day they arrived just happened to coincide with my final exam for the BCGS 6-week German course, so it definitely proved to be a tiring afternoon.
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: A Visit From the Eltern.
I moved to Germany to study for my Master’s degree around three years ago, and I enjoyed it so much that I convinced my friend Phil to enroll at the University of Siegen last year. When he arrived, he stayed with me in my WG until he found his own place, which he thought was perfect. It wasn’t until he signed the lease that we saw the truly dark side of the German apartment world and the horrors that can lie in German kitchens.
This is a preview of Student Accommodation in Germany: Kitchen Catastrophes.
Patrick’s Berlin rugby team. Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo
Last Monday I gave my first oral presentation (Referat) here at the Freie Universität. Although I only spoke in front of my small German class, I nevertheless found the exercise useful. After all, in about one week the real classes begin, and I’ll have to prepare such presentations regularly. I can only hope that my German ability will up to par by then. Up until now I’ve had both good and bad days with the language. Just when I think I’ve carried out a near flawless conversation at the dinner table I find myself stammering incoherently in front of a street vendor while trying to order a bratwurst.
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: Stress Relief and Rugby in Berlin.
Berlin. Everybody loves it. Everybody talks about it. Everybody likes to say it is over, or has just begun. But if you want to move there, it can be hard to know where to start. Giulia Pines recommends finding the right neighborhood. Her book Finding Your Feet in Berlin is full of helpful tips (in English!) about making Berlin your new home, and we’re giving away two copies right here.
In the meantime, we’re collecting more insider tips on Berlin neighborhoods. Today we’ve brought Der Irische Berliner on by to find out about his neighborhood and why he loves it.
What Berlin neighborhood do you live in?
This is a preview of The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview With Der Irische Berliner (and a giveaway).