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Why You Will Never Be the Same After Living in Germany

by California Globetrotter

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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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Do You Have What It Takes to Do a PhD in Germany? Read on…

by Annie Kaewkarat Kirchner

Photo copyright CHROMORANGE / Antonio Gravante, dpa

Photo copyright CHROMORANGE / Antonio Gravante, dpa

I’m 27 years old, Bangkok city girl. I came to Deutschland in 2010 to pursuit Master’s Degree in Polsci (Road(s) to Democracy(ies) at the University of Siegen, which I successfully completed the degree in 2013.

Why did I choose Germany at the first place? To be bluntly honest, the thought of moving to Germany never existed in my mind at all, but that changed after I met my now German husband back in 2005 in a beautiful Westchester, New York where we attended the same class and same school. We both love the United States so much and we’d love to go back there again one day. But after much thought and consideration, coming to Germany would present a whole new experience and everything that is unfamiliar to me. So we both embraced the idea of coming to Germany wholeheartedly and began our wonderful journey in Deutschland together.

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Expat Life: How Germany Has Changed Me

by Alie of The Erlangen Expat and Starting Over in Stuttgart

Photo (cc) flickr user Shelley and Dave

Photo (cc) flickr user Shelley and Dave

Living for the holidays is something common to I and most of my friends back in the UK. Working very hard is commonplace, and after family, taking care of yourself, renovating your home, seeing your friends you don’t end up with a whole heap of free time to ‘be’.

When we arrived in Germany (and lived in hotels for three months) quiet time (1pm-3pm), shops closing at 8pm and very little being open on Sundays wasn’t a big deal, in fact it was refreshing and really relaxing, which was great considering the stress of the moves so far. However when we moved into our apartment (which came with its very own set of rules) I began to understand other expats hostile reactions to what they saw as the restrictive elements of German life.

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Seven Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language

by California Globetrotter

Photo: Gratisography

Photo: Gratisography

My first encounter with learning a foreign language started at the young age of 8 or 9 when I temporarily had to go to a predominately Mexican school. I remember struggling to learn math because my teachers would often speak in Spanish. This was no easy task for a native English speaker. Needless to say, my math is terrible. But I remember the joy of standing in our school auditorium, wearing my best dress and singing Feliz Navidad fluently with the rest of my class at Christmas. Ever since, I have had a love affair with this song and languages.

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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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