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Sometimes Being an Expat Sucks: What to Do When You’re Lonely

by Shannon Miller

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Today’s guest post comes to you from Shannon Miller from the blog Beginnings in Bayern.  Shannon is an American who found herself in Germany “navigating marriage, the Army, expat life, and my insatiable need to travel.”  You can read more about her adventures here.  Take it away Shannon!

I’ve gone through my share of challenges in my five years abroad, but no move was as tough as my relocation to Bavaria, when I came as a trailing spouse. As I struggled to make a home for myself over that year and a half, I found that most expats I met were going through the same things I was. Just last week I met some girlfriends for lunch to catch up and one of them commented, “I’m so glad I met all of you. This place got SO much better once I had some friends.” We all agreed wholeheartedly, and it got me thinking I should reach out to all of you who might be in that place right now.

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Birthdays in Germany // Geburtstag in Deutschland

by Jhonatan Ceballos Serna

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

Our blogs are usually in English–we want people who haven’t had the chance to learn German to be able to learn about life in Germany–but in cooperation with Study-In.de, we are going to share a series of blogs written in German.  Because we know some of you would really like to get some more practice.  So give this post, written by a Colombian student in Germany, a try and let us know how it goes in the comments!  Happy reading.

Wahrscheinlich feiert man den Geburtstag sehr ähnlich auf der ganzen Welt. Familie, Freunde und Kuchen gehören überall dazu. Aber es gibt ein paar Sachen in Deutschland, die für mich anders sind.

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The Roller Coaster Ride of Expat Life

by Deanna Herman

Photo courtesy Deanna at From Casinos to Castles

Photo courtesy Deanna at From Casinos to Castles

I didn’t know it would happen, but moving to Germany the first time back in 2008 changed me. It changed me in a way I suppose I can never get back. I’m not sure I want to, but I know this new person has always felt a constant longing ever since. There is always a piece of my heart missing, and I suppose there always will be.

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The Week in Germany: Expat Meetups, Dresden, Luminale, Words

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Is there a difference between being a military family and an expat?

And does it matter?  I hover between the exact meanings of words meaning EVERYTHING and nothing at all, ho-hum, is there anything else on?

Am I an expat?  Immigrant would probably be more appropriate.  Expat always sounds so fleeting, and I am in Germany for good.  Do we need to have labels for all the different kinds of foreigners living in a country?  Are these labels more exclusive than inclusive?  From Casinos to Castles got a discussion going on the topic with her contraversial post Sorry Military Families, You’re Not Expats.  I don’t know if I agree or disagree, but it is an interesting discussion.

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7 Ways to Meet Germans // 7 Wege um Deutsche kennen zu lernen

by Jhonatan Ceballos Serna

It can be hard to make friends no matter where you live.  Photo copyright dpa

It can be hard to make friends no matter where you live. Photo copyright dpa

Our blogs are usually in English–we want people who haven’t had the chance to learn German to be able to learn about life in Germany–but in cooperation with Study-In.de, we are going to share a series of blogs written in German.  Because we know some of you would really like to get some more practice.  So give this post, written by a Colombian student in Germany, a try and let us know how it goes in the comments!  Happy reading.

Letztes Mal habe ich erwähnt, dass es manchmal in Deutschland schwer ist, Kontakt mit den Leuten zu bekommen. Hier eine Liste von Aktivitäten, die auf jeden Fall das soziale Spektrum erweitern wird.

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How I Got Here: An Expat Bloggers Blog Hop

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

There are a thousand different ways to end up living in Germany.  One person followed a spouse.  Another came to study.  A third came for a job.  A fourth loved the language so much that she decided to move here.  So how did you end up in Germany?  Sharing that story is what this blog hop is about.

What is a blog hop?

A blog hop is a way to collect links for blogs on a similar topic, to make it easy to find other bloggers and to get conversation started.

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Expat Life: My Oktoberfest

 by Deanna H

Photo courtesy From Casinos to Castles

Photo courtesy From Casinos to Castles

Welcome to a little version of Flashback Friday on the blog today…except that its Monday.  Oh well. With it being that time of year and seeing so many posts making me reminiscent of past events and great times, I decided to share when I went to Oktoberfest here in Germany. To do that we have to go back to 2009, and we also don’t travel to Munich. What??? Yep. I have never been to the Oktoberfest  in Munich, but I did have the opportunity to go to a local celebration with some great friends.

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