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The Week in Germany: Voting, Blogging, and Learning German

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People who live, work, and pay taxes in Germany should be allowed to vote in Germany.

I know I would appreciate having the chance.  Monday on The Local

SPD Vice-President Ralf Stegner said on Sunday that “people who live, work, pay taxes, should also be allowed to vote. Why should we withhold this essential civil right from them?””  Read the entire article here.

Advice for bloggers in Europe. How to make the money happen.

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The Week in Germany: Gifts, Food, Movies

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

German Food: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

“If you ask Germans about their cuisine, they will get that faraway look in their eyes which one gets from some a lot of thinking. Finally, if the people you ask are anything like my German friends, they’ll probably tell you that it’s very bland and tasteless. But they will point out that you can easily buy cuisine from all over the world in Germany which is the plus side.”  Read the entire blog on My Life in Germany.

While we’re talking about food…

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Real Expat Life: Things I Won’t Miss About Germany

by Shannon Miller

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

When you move abroad you go through phases. First you’re in wonder. Everything is different and new and exciting and an adventure! Then the frustration. It’s different and it’s hard and I JUST DON’T LIKE IT. Then, you come to terms with it, make the best of it, and then you’re fully integrated and you’ve passed the culture shock test, right?

Har har! ;)

I’m of the opinion that no matter how long you live in a place, there will always be things that drive you crazy about it (this can also be said of “back home” too, lest you think I’m picking unfairly on good ole Deutschland). I also think that as an expat blogger, I should be honest about what life is really like–ups, downs, and in betweens. I love Germany, but sometimes it irks me. And that’s ok!

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The Everyday Expat: Understanding Cultural Awareness

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

Culture shock is often discussed when people consider moving abroad. Differences between home and destination country cultures can be confusing and difficult to navigate and the radical change in lifestyle can be harder than you might have imagined. Yet one of the best ways of preparing for ‘culture shock’ is by working on your cultural awareness – something which is less debated but in reality much more important for the success of your expat life long term.

Cultural awareness can be prepared for in advance but it is, above all else, something which is actively practised. Reading about your destination country before you go, especially advice from other expats, can give you a really good understanding of where you’re moving to, but once you’re there, remember to observe, ask questions politely and avoid making assumptions about the way people should or will behave.

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Take a Look: Berlin’s Eastside Gallery

by Shannon Miller

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Our last day in Berlin, we took my husband’s mom to the Eastside Gallery. She’s an artist, so we figured she’d love the murals painted on old sections of the Berlin Wall. It’s another way Berliners have turned ugly history into something positive.

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern

During the Cold War, people in West Berlin drew graffiti on their side of the wall, and when the wall came down, artists joined together to create an international memorial for freedom by painting murals on remaining parts of the wall. The Eastside Gallery is one of the world’s largest open air galleries, but it’s had its share of problems. Just this year a developer for luxury apartments destroyed part of the wall to begin construction despite protests, and every year the wall is further damaged by weather and vandalism.

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German Food: Hearty Cravings

by Alexandra Ioakim of Flythesevenseas

Photo courtesy Sail the Seven Seas

Photo courtesy Fly the Seven Seas

Before moving to Germany, my knowledge of German food consisted of popular items found on the menu of Sydney’s Löwenbräukeller (pronounced Low-en-brow in Australia, and Looe-ven-broi in German) – schnitzel, sausages, pork knuckle and sauerkraut. As a self-professed ‘foodie’ (as they say) I would often watch Maeve O’Mara’s Food Safari and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and was interested enough to listen to my mum’s tips to know that in general Germans love a good apple cake, a potato could accompany most meals and German bread was an art form.

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A Spring Guide to Munich

by Alexandra Ioakim of Flythesevenseas

Photo courtesy flythesevenseas

Photo courtesy flythesevenseas

Longer days, the bright neon green of new foliage, unpredictable weather, a layer of pollen resting everywhere. Spring is definitely here.

Photo courtesy flythesevenseas

Photo courtesy flythesevenseas

A city adapts itself over the seasons–the ‘wake up’ after winter being the most profound. Spring is therefore generally fresh, bright, and cheery, and Munich does not fall short of putting on a good show.

On this note, here’s my brief list of how to embrace Munich in the spring:

1. Spend an evening at the Frühlingsfest

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