The Week in Germany: Graduate School, German Whisky, and Summer Trips

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance Good morning and happy Friday, readers!  I've been away for a few weeks, so there was a lot to catch up on.  This is more like a month in Germany than a week, but there you have it.  Lots of good stuff was happening on the internet [...]

By |August 22nd, 2014|Current Events, General|3 Comments

Playmobil Turns 40

from the Piri-Piri Lexicon Photo copyright Piri-Piri Lexicon Germany's small towns are great at creating and hosting small businesses that specialise in something very particular and quickly take on the world in their own market. Birkenstock, Huf, and Playmobil are some names you may have heard of. When I was a kid, my [...]

By |August 5th, 2014|General|Comments Off on Playmobil Turns 40

Erasmus Year: Das War Es

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance 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 [...]

By |February 6th, 2014|Expat Life, General, Living in Germany|Comments Off on Erasmus Year: Das War Es

Expat Survival Basics: Visa Facts

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance Want to work or study in Germany? Or just want to visit the country?  Read the requirements below & fill in the visa application forms at the end of this article. Overview EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany. Non-EU [...]

By |January 21st, 2014|Expat Life, General, Living in Germany|Comments Off on Expat Survival Basics: Visa Facts

Expat Survival Basics: Ten Facts About German Health Insurance

Today myGermanExpert are here to share a few facts about getting health insurance in Germany.  Photo (cc) flickr user Leo Reynolds Since 2007, expatriates in Germany are obliged to be covered with a registered German health insurance. Photo (cc) flickr user Leo Reynolds While your overseas travel insurance was sufficient until [...]

By |January 14th, 2014|Expat Life, General, Living in Germany|1 Comment

Learning German: Bavarian Dialects

Photo copyright dpa Liv Hambrett is an Australian expat living in Germany.  Visit her blog, follow her on twitter, or buy a copy of Sincere Forms of Flattery, an anthology that includes her work. And I am back to not understanding a single word of what is going on around me. I feel [...]

German Cuisine: Summer Drinks

Photo copyright Liv Hambrett Too cold to remember summer?  Try one of Liv Hambrett's favorite summer drinks to remind yourself.  Only four, five, six more months to go... Perhaps because Summer is such a short-lived, hard-earned novelty over here, the Germans go bananas when it comes and celebrate it in all manner of [...]

By |January 6th, 2014|Food, General|Comments Off on German Cuisine: Summer Drinks