It is apparently impossible to talk about wurst without making bad puns.
“I admit, I was sceptical about the sauce. I’m not a huge curry and sausages fan, especially from what I could see, in a less-than-discreet drowning sauce. To the absolute horror of the waiter, I asked for the sauce on the side. Nonetheless, he oliged me, bringing over a small dish of sausages and potatoes, and a large jug of sauce. I poured a little in the corner. A slice of sausage. A dip in sauce….and then… TASTE EXPLOSION!” Read the rest of the blog here.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: Food, Comparisons, and a Historical Doll House.
So many times I think to myself, “Wow, I would’ve never done that, tried that, seen that, had I not moved to Germany”. I’m quite sure if you are a fellow expat, you’ve also had these thoughts.
Food can be a big cultural difference and only further exacerbating that culture shock you feel when you move to a new country. While other countries may have similar things, they are typically different in their own way. Think, pizza. How many different styles of pizza can you think of? Exactly.
Aside from beer and bratwurst, Germany has so many other delicacies to offer. Here are five that were new for me:
This is a preview of Expat Life: Five Things I Never Would Have Eaten If I Hadn’t Moved to Germany.
This is old, but it is awesome: An open letter from Berlin to all the people who can’t stop talking about it.
“It’s me, your old buddy Berlin! You may remember me from such important historical moments as “American president calls himself a donut”, “here come the Russians” and “black man outruns white men to the annoyance of other white men”. Yeah, that’s right, Berlin! Brandenburg’s noisy neighbour…
“How are you? What have you been up to lately? Doing a lot of those fun human things? Arguing with your neighbours? Being cruelly overlooked for promotions by your idiot of a boss? Making selfies? I bet you have. You little cute, mobile, fun bag.” Read the rest of the letter, penned by Adam Fletcher, here.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: German Movie Ratings, Comedy, and Berlin.
Anmeldung bei der Meldebehörde (Anmeldung process for the Bürgeramt office): What is it and why do you need to know about it? You are required by law to register your residency within seven days of arriving in Germany (in some towns the deadline could be two weeks). The registration process is called Anmeldung or Bürgeramt Anmeldung, and it’s mandatory if you want to live legally in Germany.
It applies to everyone who lives in Germany, citizens and foreign residents alike. Without official registration of your local address, you cannot get a residence permit, nor can you complete your enrollment at the university or do other official things that require proof of residence. In German, the proof of residence is called Anmeldebestätigung or Meldebescheinigung.
This is a preview of Moving to Germany: Anmeldung Explained.
You know the feeling: to you, your room is sufficiently tidy, your friends can pop by, there’s a few bits and pieces floating around, but generally speaking, it’s grand. Then you’ve got a guest coming to stay, and suddenly the mirror needs to be polished, the books on the shelf should be facing the other way, and you start seeing things that you’d never normally notice. When you look at things from an outsiders perspective you see loads of things that get overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
I’ve had numerous people here to visit me in Cologne, and each time I’ve picked up on different things about the city that I normally just don’t see at all.
This is a preview of Living in Germany: Schein und Sein.
On June 2012, the EU -and thus Germany- launched an offensive to attract skilled workers and boost the labour market. Here is the result:
Photo (cc) flickr user Leo Reynolds
The EU Blue Card is a new residence permit for non-EU nationals who have an academic or equivalent qualification and a defined level of minimum salary. Through the EU Blue Card, non-EU nationals can be granted a German residence permit with the right to work and live in Germany.
Photo (cc) flickr user Leo Reynolds
This is a preview of Six Facts About the EU Blue Card.
On Erasmus you come in contact with a load of people who you’d probably never encounter in your normal everyday life. You find yourself living with, spending time with, and becoming friends with people you never thought you would. It can all go to pot, and differences can drag you down, but it can also be pleasantly surprising.
At first you’re all alone in a new city and of course you have that desire to seek company in other people. Sometimes the people you meet and hang out with at the beginning are the people you stick with the entire year, but more often than not there’s also one or two people who you never catch sight nor sound of after the second or third week. In a lot of cases you click with people out of not wanting to be alone, and while this can be superficial and friendships can dwindle, with the right people it can also be beautiful.