Expat/Immigrant Experience · opinion

The Customer Isn’t Always Right

If you’re preparing yourself for a move to Germany, or even just a visit, you may have come across complaints about customer service. Or, more accurately, the lack of customer service. I certainly did, which led me to dig a little deeper into the subject before our 2015 visit. Sure enough, googling “customer service in Germany” gets you… Continue reading The Customer Isn’t Always Right

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How Rude! Are Germans too Direct?

If you’ve done any research into German culture, you’ve likely come across blogs, articles and forum discussions on the subject of German directness. Less politically-correct results may even simply state that Germans are rude. It’s a topic of discussion as old as time; or, at least, as old as the Internet’s mainstream popularity. There is… Continue reading How Rude! Are Germans too Direct?

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Lemme Give You that Beep Beep: Getting a German Driver’s License

I try to ride my bike every day, for at least a half hour. Lately, with it being so cold, it’s been hard to find the motivation. Usually, the “motivation” finds me in that I have an errand to run and my bike is my only means of transport. For my first six months in… Continue reading Lemme Give You that Beep Beep: Getting a German Driver’s License

Fun in Germany

Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, Germany

I’ve had access to a computer and the Internet since about age nine. If you’re young, that probably doesn’t seem like a big deal. I’m 30-years-old, though; not many of my fellow Americans were going online in the mid-90’s. From day one, I was obsessed. While other kids were sneaking out of the house, I… Continue reading Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, Germany

Review

Taking the CELTA in Berlin: Initial Thoughts

The CELTA has a reputation of being very difficult. While I was doing my research into the course, I read and watched blog posts and youtube videos from former students who all said the same thing: It’s really hard… and you won’t have time for anything else… but you will learn a lot. For me, all… Continue reading Taking the CELTA in Berlin: Initial Thoughts

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Immigrating to Germany: Getting Your Temporary Residency

Are you considering a long-term move to Germany? If your spouse is German, and you are from an English-speaking country, this guide is for you. Here, I will detail the steps needed for Aufenthaltserlaubnis (temporary residency), which will allow you to live and work for three years in Germany. At first, getting all of the paperwork in… Continue reading Immigrating to Germany: Getting Your Temporary Residency

Expat/Immigrant Experience · Fun in Germany

Halloween, German Style

A recent poll has revealed that many Germans don’t like Halloween. That’s a real shame, as it’s quite clearly the best holiday. Also, they could really use a buffer between Summer and Christmas. There have been Christmas decorations for sale here since late September, and the Christmas lights have been glowing downtown since mid October.… Continue reading Halloween, German Style