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 in this bureaucracy-crazed, rule-abiding, frankly-opinionated country. I’ve 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 strong(ish), my…

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Applying for German Permanent Residency with an EU Blue Card

Today marks my 33rd month in Germany. It may seem a little odd to count time in months if you aren’t the parent of a toddler, but as an expat, tracking the time of your residency makes by months more sense. With my particular visa, the EU Blue Card, I’m eligible to apply for German…

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Tips for Moving Abroad from Expats

Moving abroad is both exhilarating and also terrifying. What to take? What to leave? How long should you plan on staying? How can you meet people overseas? What will it be like? I figured there’s no one better to give advice on moving overseas that those of us who have already done it—so I asked…

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Culture Shock #7: Fußball

For me, watching soccer in Germany is like making new friends. Whenever you’re trying to establish a friendship, there comes a point that requires you to show something real. Something deep. Whether that’s admitting an obsession with astrology or sharing a love of trashy sitcoms, it’s a make-or-break moment that will either settle you deep…

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An Expat’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

There are days when I wake up, and I am so damn grateful to have this expat life. Living abroad means days are full of surprises and new experiences, delicious foods and castles (yes castles!) just sitting there on the side of the road. But there are other days when nothing seems to go right,…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Place

Eye of the Storm — Berlin, Germany Prompt via The Daily Post The last few weeks have been a nonstop whirlwind of travel (a 12-day advertising shoot in Vancouver, posts to come!), the subsequent scramble for post-production, 80+ hour work weeks, and the most welcome and blissful start of the Berlin summer. With so much…

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Register to Vote in the U.S. Elections as an Expat

Real talk: it’s not too sexy to be an American abroad right now. As much as I want to blend into Germany and be an informed “citizen” of my new country, in both local and national happenings, there are cases where I feel the need to be an American. And let’s be really honest—being a…

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How to Move With Your Dog Abroad

One of the reasons Tim and I love road trips is because it gives us so much time to talk—to dissect current events, compare our childhoods, and make intricate plans for the future. On the road from the Great Karoo to Cape Town, we had such a planning talk and decided that it was time…

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Year Zwei: Germany

A popular song in German radio last year had a catchy, twangy hook: “I got no roots but my home was never on the ground.” I heard it every time I got in a cab, in stores, in coffeeshops—and inevitably, it became what the Germans call an ohrwurm, or earworm. It was stuck in my…

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