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When I first saw the title of this book, I really had to laugh because I had a conversation once with some of my North-American friends here about how we all thought it was so strange that German men sit down to pee, and how we all found it very feminine. However, just like many other things I find weird about living in Germany, there are great explanations in this book about many of the things I am used to now, but still had questions about. I’ve lived in Germany for almost 6 years, worked here and even dated a German for some time, and I still found the insights in this book helpful. I’ve had many experiences with these cultural ‘differences’ and it was funny to read the explanations provided by a real German (Niklas Frank) and a fellow expat living in Berlin (James Cave). I think if I would have had a book like this when I first moved to Germany, things would have been a lot clearer! I’ve gone through the book and picked my top 10 ‘unwritten rules’ of living in Germany which resonate with me the most, and provided my own experiences, recommendations and comments for these.
You take the leap, you move away, and sooner than you know it you start to feel at home in a new country. You have a place to live, a job, friends, you can make your way around in the local language, you’re happy. The years pass, and where you’re from is still a part of your soul, but you can feel it further away. Home is where your heart is, and that can be in many places. This week marks my 5 year anniversary of being an expat, and these are the top five most important things I’ve learned…
This weeks post showcases Jackie, a Canadian originally from Hong Kong who is currently an expat in Hamburg. I met Jackie at a local Hamburg art community called Creative Nights which she founded 2 years ago. Not only did she start a thriving art community, but she is also rocking an international career in marketing and has made an outstanding life for her self abroad. She is one of the most driven female expats I know, which is why I've included her in the series.
The goal of this series is to showcase women who have made successful lives for themselves abroad and how they managed this, so we can inspire others to consider moving abroad, or help ones who have taken the leap, and are already here.
This weeks interview is with a fellow Hamburg expat, Caroline from Detroit, Michigan who has lived in Germany on and off for 8 years. She started a successful 'Escape Game' business called Big Break Hamburg. If you want to know how she started a business abroad, became fluent in German and battles the daily hardships of being an Expat, read on.
Being an expat is challenging, however with challenge comes reward. I am often asked by new female expats the same questions, “How did you find a job?” “ Do you know German?” “ How do you have so many friends?” etc. Trust me, this doesn't come easy and is one of my motivations for writing this post. The goal of this series is to showcase women who have made successful lives for themselves abroad and how they managed this, so I can inspire others to consider moving abroad, or help ones who have taken the leap, and are already here. As I take pride in what I have achieved in my life in Germany, I will start with my experience :) Let's discuss some common questions that I've been asked...
Living as an expat in a new country, you often feel weird, out of place and like everyone is looking at you funny. You try to make yourself fit in, but you end up just standing out even more. So, if you're reading this you probably want some kind of insight of daily life as an expat in Germany, so my friends - I will describe this you in memes.
I’ve been living in Germany for over 3 years, and coming from Canada I found a lot weird here.
I wrote 101 weird things about living here and I am still counting!
. There are many beautiful neighbourhoods that fit each kind of person, depending on their needs. I often see questions asked in local expat forums, which neighbourhood should I move to? What Hamburg neighbourhood is affordable but nice? Where is the best neighbourhood for kids in Hamburg? Etc. Etc. Everyone has their own opinion of where is the best, and many of Hamburg’s neighbourhood can fit different situations.
Hamburg is developing quickly and gaining international attention, internationals are flocking here and making a new home base. Are you wanting to flock to Hamburg too? Then as an Expat, there are some tips about living in Hamburg that you need to know here.
Friday afternoon at the Isemarkt.
Finally I had a day off on a Friday. There is this big market that is only open between 8 - 2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays that runs under a long train rail.
You don’t know Christmas, till you’ve visited Hamburg at Christmas.