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The Week in Germany: Expat Life, Getting a Job at a Start-Up, Studying in Germany

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

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

Expat life: Going “home” for the holidays is stressful

As in, going on a trip to visit all of your family at breakneck speed is not a holiday.

“Going home* (i.e. going to our birth countries) is important to us to reconnect with our families and friends and for our children to get to know them, learn about the places their parents come from and learn the languages. Yet, going home is not a holiday. It is not a vacation. It is not like sitting on a beach in Florida or like visiting Barcelona for a weekend.” Read more here.

How to work at a start up

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Expat Life: Things I Miss Now that I’ve Moved to Germany

by California Globetrotter

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

While it is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience to get the chance to live abroad in a country other than America, there are aspects from home I will always miss. At the time, living in the States, you take it for granted and don’t appreciate it quite as much at 2am as you should. Now that I have lived in Germany for almost 3 years, I realize now, just how much I miss many things in the States.

1. No-Smoking Sections

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Why You Will Never Be the Same After Living in Germany

by California Globetrotter

Copyright dpa

Copyright dpa

1. No Beer Festival Will Ever Compare

Admit it, Germans know how to do Beer festivals better than anyone else in the world! After going to Oktoberfest or any other beer festival in Germany, all others will seem boring compared to that time you went to Dult!

2. Schloss Neuschwanstein will make you feel like a Disney Princess

There aren’t many castles that compare to the magnitude of beauty that inspired Walt Disney to add the image of the castle before every Disney movie. All your dreams will come true here!

3. Once you go German beer, there is no going back to American beer

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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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