A Complete Checklist for your German Settlement Permit

If you want the Gods of Process and Bureaucracy to smile upon you as you submit for German settlement permit application (or really any application in Germany, ever), my advice is simple. The more organized your application, the easier your appointments will go. Have everything neatly ordered, clipped together, and marked so that the processor…

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Getting Your German Settlement Permit 

Newsflash! On April 10, I became an official permanent resident of Germany! If you’re the holder of an EU Blue Card, you know that one of this visa’s top benefits is the early eligibility to switch from employment-dependent residence permit to permanent residency. Blue Card holders in Germany who can prove B1-level competency in German…

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Should I visit the tomb of Seti I or the tomb of Nefertari? 

Back in 2016, the Egyptian government opened two tombs that have never before been available to the public: the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Nefertari in The Valley of the Queens. In my opinion, both should absolutely be on your Egypt trip itinerary. But! Each tomb…

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Choosing your Valley of the Kings tombs

It seemed completely right that we visited both The Valley of the Kings and The Valley of the Queens on the day of the dead. We saved it for our last day in Luxor—anticipating that exploring the tombs would be un-toppable. And I have to say, our assumption held right. On the list of things…

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Six Things to Know About Working Abroad in Germany

Like any aspect of an expat experience, working abroad comes with its own set of culture shock. German work culture, in general, is quite different from anything in the States, but what I found more surprising were more the differences in approach to work and employment between the U.S. and Germany. For those Americans considering…

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Five Things to Know About Living in Germany

Today marks the start of my fourth year living in Germany: this bureaucracy-crazed, rule-abiding, frankly-opinionated country. I learned so much in my three years here—and, if the expat stats don’t lie, this year should kick off a phase of feeling more at home. I’ve collected the info I’m supposed to need, my language skills are…

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Love Letters to Budapest, Myanmar, Nairobi, and Mallorca

This post is part of a series of love letters written by travel bloggers and expats about their favorite places around the world. Read more here! Love Letter to Budapest from Cris from LooknWalk Oh, Budapest, how do I love thee! It was love at first…mention. When I was a little girl, my late grandma…

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Love Letters to Bruges, Jaipur, and Paris

This post is part of a series of love letters written by travel bloggers and expats about their favorite places around the world. Read more here! Love Letter to Bruges from Mayuri at To Someplace New Bruges is a stunning city in Belgium. This city is characterized by canals, Flemish architecture, market square and medieval…

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Love Letters to Rome, Tokyo, and Granada

This post is part of a series of love letters written by travel bloggers and expats about their favorite places around the world. Read more here! Love Letter to Rome from Cazzy at Dream Big, Travel Far Dear Roma, You are the one place that can lighten the hearts of even the most unromantic people.…

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Love Letters to London, Kuala Lumpur, and Chicago

This post is part of a series of love letters written by travel bloggers and expats about their favorite places around the world. Read more here! Love Letter to London from Vanessa at Wanderlust Crew Dear London, Before I even met you, I knew I loved you. Between the pages of my favorite books and…

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