“Sometimes, when foreigners come to a country and integrate into the local culture, they end up liking and enjoying doing things even the locals wouldn’t. These can include all sorts of cultural and traditional activities. One might say, the exoticness attracts the expat who can find no reason for said activity to be embarrassing. Well, this post is about German things which I as a Pakistani expat in the country, love doing or would like to do and which no German I know would ever consider doing. Consider this to be part 1, I’ll write more confessions as I come up with them.” Read more on Confessions of a Pakistani in Germany.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: Free Books, Eurovision, and Self-Driving Cars.
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Talking about The Germans as an expat
“Despite being a fairly homogeneous country Germany is still very regional when it comes to much of it’s culture, language (darn you regional dialects!), attitudes and general friendliness. Even within regions there is a high level of diversity. When we lived in Malente I had some of my positive experiences with strangers going out of their way to offer help. Still we also had to deal with neighbors who made it clear they weren’t happy to be sharing an building with an American. And herein lies the problem with stereotypes, they are too narrow to accurately define the parameters of reality.” Read more on Nine and ninety nine.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: Bilinguals, Supstition, and Asparagus.
I’m very lucky that Erlangen and the surrounding areas are so utterly bike friendly that even a beginner (Anfänger) can get around safely. Now I am indeed no expert when it comes to biking BUT a bike is my main form of transport here in Germany and may be yours too, it’s worth doing some research, particularly if like me you hadn’t ridden a bike since childhood (and weren’t much good then either).
This is a preview of Biking in Germany versus Biking in the UK.
After an 11-month adventure in Berlin I’ve arrived safely in the United States. I’m trying my best to readjust to the American culture but part of my mind is still stuck back in Germany. I could probably write an entire book about my experiences abroad, and one day I just might, but for now I’ll have to keeps things short. On Tuesday morning four of my closest friends in Berlin were kind enough to accompany me to Tegel Airport and bid me farewell before my flight. The night before had been full of laughs and stories in our favorite brewery, where I enjoyed my final sip of fresh German pilsner for the year. The morning after had a slightly different tone though. I was thrilled to have my friends by my side until the very end but there was a bittersweet feeling to everything.
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: Returning to the United States.
Die Wandeltreppe: A mystery bookstore in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Photo: Nicolette Stewart
As an obsessive reader, book stores are one of the first stops I like to hit when visiting a new city. Monuments? Museums? Pish-aaw. I’d rather find out what books are waiting for me on the city’s shelves. If I walk past a few sights on the walk between book havens, then that’ll be nice too. Today I’ve compiled a list of a few of Frankfurt’s coziest bookstores for tourists who like to take a city by book.
This is a preview of Bookstores in Frankfurt, Germany.