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Big Life Questions: Work or Travel?

by California Globetrotter

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

Photo: Public domain, Photographer: Shayna Hobbs

To be very honest, I never ever had the money to travel. But somehow I make it work. As hard as my parents tried to teach me to save my money, keep track of my savings and checking accounts with one of them fancy adding books, it never stuck. I hated it. That’s what online banking was for. But it has never stopped me from buying that ticket and booking that hotel.

I just had to have it!

Before I moved to Europe, I was working a full-time, 40-hour, Monday-Friday job. I loved my job, I loved my spunky customers and I loved my coworkers. I saw myself settling down and spending the rest of my life working there.

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Expat Life: Culture Shock or Attitude Adjustment?

by Alie of The Erlangen Expat and Starting Over in Stuttgart

I heart Deutschland.  A street artist has modified traffic lights to show the love.  Photo copyright dpa

I heart Deutschland. A street artist has modified traffic lights to show the love. Photo copyright dpa

A lot of people told me that moving to Germany would cause me to experience ‘culture shock’ – Definition – The feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes.

Really? I questioned, it’s not that far from the UK, both countries demographics are fairly similar, Germans are still people right?

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The Week in Germany: Berlin Film, Expat Problems, and the Passing of Winnetou

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

10 Berlin Films

“Rainer Werner Fassbinder exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau got us thinking of all the important and inspiring films set in Berlin. In a subversive metropolis that has seen more changes than anywhere in Western Europe over the last 150 years, many filmmakers have made movies as unmistakable love letters to Berlin. With no lack of deranged tentacle sex, drug abuse and political struggle, we’ve rounded up our favorite films with Berlin playing a major role. Spanning close to 9 decades, our list takes you on a tour of Berlin at different historical points, through all the luxe and glamour, the horror and disillusion.” See what films were chosen on I Heart Berlin.

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Travel Germany: Weltenburg Abbey

by California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy California Globetrotter

Just below the Befreiungshalle in the small village of Kelheim, you can find a small parking lot from where the ships pick up to take you downstream to the beautiful Kloster (Abbey) Weltenburg. We decided to spend the afternoon taking a boat ride up the Donau (Danube) river so that we could go to Kloster Weltenburg. You can take this boat ride also from Regensburg, but not every day. Since we went on a Sunday, we had to catch the boat from Kelheim.

What makes this abbey so special is that it was founded in 620 which makes it the oldest monastery in Bavaria. It is considered the world’s oldest brewery monastery, however it does rival Weihenstephan Abbey.

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Five Reasons I Love Living in Germany

by Alie of The Erlangen Expat and Starting Over in Stuttgart

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

I thought I’d write a favourites list. What can I say? The endless sun is so uplifting (and sweaty) at the moment that all the shite is invisible.

Public transport – Be it via train, tram, bus, underground or a combination of all of them I can get pretty much anywhere I want locally or nationally using public transport, and the prices are so cheap (compared with GB anyway).

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The Week in Germany: Bilinguals, Supstition, and Asparagus

Photo Public Domain: http://publicdomainarchive.com

Photo Public Domain: http://publicdomainarchive.com

Talking about The Germans as an expat

“Despite being a fairly homogeneous country Germany is still very regional when it comes to much of it’s culture, language (darn you regional dialects!), attitudes and general friendliness.  Even within regions there is a high level of diversity.  When we lived in Malente I had some of my positive experiences with strangers going out of their way to offer help.  Still we also had to deal with neighbors who made it clear they weren’t happy to be sharing an building with an American.  And herein lies the problem with stereotypes, they are too narrow to accurately define the parameters of reality.” Read more on Nine and ninety nine.

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Expat Life: Dealing With Homesickness

by Alie of The Erlangen Expat and Starting Over in Stuttgart

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Photo http://www.gratisography.com/

I don’t like to use the word homesick when I miss my family and friends, home homesick is more like it.

Home is here, where I live, love, eat and sleep, my husband, my friends and potentially my future. I’m not sick for home as I’m already there, I have more than enough to be happy here but sometimes there is a nagging ache that I can’t quite put my finger on. A physical pain in my heart and a heaviness that I carry through my day, until I can either shake it off, or wallow in its glorious miserableness. I’m sick for home home.

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