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Expat Life: Valentine’s Day in Germany

by California Globetrotter

Photo copyright CHROMORANGE / Barbara Neveu, dpa

Photo copyright CHROMORANGE / Barbara Neveu, dpa

Today is the eve of Valentine’s Day and I have yet to see any Valentine’s Day hearts and kisses, flowers of red, white and pink in the windows of shops and restaurants. Why is that you might ask? Well there is a reasonable explanation for this.

Not until after the Second World War, did Valentine’s Day really start to make its way to Germany. Just like Halloween, it’s mostly considered a commercialized American holiday. It was brought over when American soldiers brought their traditions to Europe. It has been traditionally celebrated in English-speaking countries and in France (naturally, the land of loooove).

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Expat Life: How I Found Love and Life in Germany

by California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy California Globetrotter

Photo courtesy California Globetrotter

The mountains were covered in glistening white snow and the sun was shining so brightly, I had to raise my hand to block out the sun in order to take in the breathtaking views.

I was bundled up in my frilly pink pea coat and my favorite little black dress plus two scarfs. As the powerful mountain winds blew I turtled my head back inside my scarf and turned against the wind. Looking out towards Hans and laughing against the bitter cold that was pushing us backwards, we reached out for one another. We held on to each other and cussed under our breath how cold it was as we braced ourselves for the next gust of bitter wind. I kissed his lips only to feel the shock of coldness lingering on his lips and I stood there in his arms and thought how lucky I am to have found him.

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Expat Life in Berlin in Pictures with Sole Satisfaction

This week on Young Germany’s Instagram account, we’ve got an insider look into expat life in Berlin with photos from Kate of Sole Satisfaction.  Her photos will make you wish you lived there too…so come on over and follow along. Check out a few examples of her lovely photos, every one a story:

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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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