A dramatic and harrowing tale of student visa renewal.
“When I was first accepted to graduate school in Germany, I went straight to the Ausländerbehörde (foreigner’s office) to get my German student visa. However, I was a little disappointed when, instead of receiving a visa for the entirety of my two-year program, I was only issued a one-year visa.” Read the rest on Welcome to Germerica.
Cruising the Danube
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: River Cruising, Renewing a Student Visa, and Berlin.
“You know that feeling you get on a Sunday afternoon. It’s late summer and the sun is still strong and warm, but it is losing its lemony light. It is turning golden, and the afternoons feel like they’ll slip out the back door if you turn your back for a second, rather than hang around for what seems like forever, finally bowing out well after everyone else is tucked up in bed. That sense of endlessness that colours the crisp mornings of Spring, that feeling of ‘we have time’ that seeps into June days, has disappeared, and in its place settles the knowledge that all of this colour, all of this light, is changing.” Read the rest of the essay on Liv Hambrett’s blog.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: Tanken, Caves, Berlin.
This week on Young Germany’s Instagram account, we’ve got an insider look into expat life in Berlin with photos from Kate of Sole Satisfaction. Her photos will make you wish you lived there too…so come on over and follow along. Check out a few examples of her lovely photos, every one a story:
The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa
Letters From Berlin
“I first visited Berlin in the spring of 2008 when I stayed with a friend in Kreuzberg. As we roamed the city, we bumped into people he knew at every turn, even though he had only been living there a few months. A vegan poet cooked us dinner, we rode the U-Bahn without paying, we went to a party in an abandoned warehouse where one of the musicians was, by coincidence, someone I had met the day before in a bookshop. I found all of this unbelievably cool. In Berlin, I felt unbelievably cool. Yes, it was grey and gritty, but there was space, it was cheap, the cafés were filled with unemployed creatives from around the world and a glass of wine was only 1.50 euros.” Read more.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: Urban Tenting, Grade Conversion, Black Forest Trifle.
“The Pennsylvania TV station PCN interviewed me recently. Francine Schertzer, the program host, asked me how the fall of the Berlin Wall had changed Germany’s food scene. I said there had been tremendous change for the good for East Germans. No more shortages and standing in line for basic foods. When the West German Deutsche Mark was introduced in East Germany on July 1, 1990, supermarket shelves in East Germany filled up overnight with goods that East Germans had never known under the now-fallen socialist regime.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: Secret Castles, Things in Berlin, and Cookbooks.