Read this book before you come to Germany, or if you're already here!

Read this book before you come to Germany, or if you're already here!

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.

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5 Important Things I've learned from Living as an Expat for 5 years

5 Important Things I've learned from Living as an Expat for 5 years

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…

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Jackie's Story - Women Who Moved Abroad Series: Stories on How they Improved Their Career & Life

Jackie's Story - Women Who Moved Abroad Series: Stories on How they Improved Their Career & Life

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.  

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Caroline's Story - Women Who Moved Abroad Series: Stories on How they Improved Their Career & Life

Caroline's Story - Women Who Moved Abroad Series: Stories on How they Improved Their Career & Life

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.

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My Story - Women Who Moved Abroad Series: Stories on How they Improved Their Career & Life

My Story - Women Who Moved Abroad Series: Stories on How they Improved Their Career & Life

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...

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Life as an Expat in Germany: Described in Memes

Life as an Expat in Germany: Described in Memes

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. 

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