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?
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!
This is a preview of Real Expat Life: Things I Won’t Miss About Germany.
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
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.
This is a preview of Take a Look: Berlin’s Eastside Gallery.
I imagine there are a lot of expats feeling like this right now.
“It is at times like these that I question my identity. Am I an American? Am I becoming German? Or am I something in between? And on Thursday night my identity will be split for one hour and thirty minutes as Germany and the US battle it out to move on to the Achtelfinale of the World Cup.” Read the entire post at Lehrer Werkstatt.
Flying around in a hot air balloon looks awesome. And results in some sweet photos.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: World Cup Loyalties, Hot Air Balloons, Kiel Week, and Creative Networking.
Even though Oktoberfest has worldwide recognition, every town in Germany pretty much has their own own beer or wine festival. In Erlangen, the Bergkirchweih (Berg for short or Berch in Franconian), is an outdoor event that lasts for about two weeks.
If the weather is nice, it’s great to spend the evening outside, drinking beer and dancing on tables. That’s right. Conservative, standing and waiting for the green light to cross at 2 a.m., law-abiding, yelling at you for not following the rules Germans. All up on the benches, dancing to Schlager music and American oldies that my parents jam to… surfing USA… inside outside USA… (breaks into old school dance while singing song out loud).
This is a preview of Auf dem Berch! (A German Beer Festival).
German culture meets Brazilian culture. Photo copyright dpa
If you ask anyone who is planning a travel to Europe, they will hardly mention Germany as their first option. Is it because the people are known for being cold or is it because Germany itself is known for being cold (no one thinks about summer)? I don’t know, but since the first time I have been here, I’ve decided it is where I want to be.
This is a preview of Expat Perspectives: A Brazilian Moves to Germany.
Everyone knows Oktoberfest, right? Beer tents, people in Bavarian clothes, giant mugs of beer, carnivals, the whole shebang. It’s one of the first things people think about when they think of Bavaria, so would you be surprised if I told you a lot of Bavarians can’t stand it?
The main reason is, of course, tourists. Oktoberfest gets overrun by tourists, partiers, and general craziness, and as someone who’s been two years (soon to be three) in a row, I gotta say, Munich’s Oktoberfest can be kind of tiresome.
This is a preview of Experience Germany: Straubing Fest.
A few weeks ago, my darling husband suggested we check out Bamberg. It’s a short train ride away from us, and he’d heard it had a really cool old city and that there were cool things to do there. That same day, a friend of mine visited there and came back saying how cool it was and how they had this stuff called “Rauchbier” that tasted like ham-flavored beer.
We were intrigued. So off we went.
Bamberg was a very cute place to visit. Its historic city center was relatively untouched by the war, so a lot of things survived, something that is unusual to find in Germany. We had fun exploring the Dom and the cathedral on the hill. But we were still pretty interested in trying some Rauchbier.
This is a preview of Take a Look: Bamberg, Beer, and Bacon.