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Germany

Useful Job Hunting Tips For Expats Moving To Germany

Sunday November 23, 2014 (20:38:36)

Finding employment in a foreign country can seem daunting, as there may be differences in the nature of the job market, labor laws and cultural norms. Some expats may be posted abroad by their company, in which case the process is much easier. But for those who need to find a job on their own or accompanying spouses who prefer to work while abroad, the process can be a little more challenging. The German job market offers lucrative opportunities for qualified professionals. Here are some tips to increase your chances of securing worthwhile employment in Germany.   more ...

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Germany

5 Experiences You Must Try As An Expat In Germany

Wednesday September 24, 2014 (01:10:20)

Germany, which sits in the heart of Europe, is a country of great natural beauty and also a land where orderliness and attention to detail are held in high regard. It is the world’s fifth largest economy with many financial powerhouses located in its cities. Germany is known for its art scene too, which is perhaps the most vibrant in all of Europe. There are many things to do in this interesting country, but if we have to pick just 5 must-have experiences, these are it.

Chocolate on display

The Chocolate Museum was established in 1993 and provides a gateway into the history of chocolate and cocoa right from the times of the Olmecs, Mayans and Aztecs.   more ...

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Germany

Shopping For The First Time In Germany? Here's What You Need To Know

Saturday June 28, 2014 (12:27:29)

Expats who move to Germany will find that the country offers many high quality products. Locally made products as well as products from other parts of the world are easily available here.

Malls are not as popular in Germany as they are in a country like the United States. But you can find them in most cities, along with shopping centers. There are also many Big Box stores, although it may be slightly difficult to reach then through public transport. Some of these stores include IKEA, Baumarkt for building materials and MediaMarkt for electronics.

However many such stores have doorstep delivery as well as online shopping facilities. The city centers are full of stores that cater to your day-to-day needs and these are easily accessible by public transport, walking or cycling.   more ...

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Germany

A Short Expat Guide To Food And Drink In Germany

Monday March 31, 2014 (20:35:00)

When we think of German food, we usually think of sauerkraut, sausages and pretzels. But German cooking is actually quite expansive and varied. There are considerable regional variations with each region specializing in its own recipes and cooking techniques. To help you on your German culinary adventure, here is a short guide to food and drink in the country.

Every region has its Wurst

Probably the best-known German food is wurst or sausages.   more ...

Germany > Moving

Germany

Getting Set-Up, Integrating, and Living in Germany: A Case Study

Saturday June 08, 2013 (01:56:19)

by Matthew Jorgensen

One way or another, you’ve landed a job in Germany and have an expected date of arrival. Now what? Preparing to move to Germany can seem like a daunting task. For my family and I it was the first time we would live outside of the USA. We had some guidelines from the foundation that was employing me, but they weren’t targeted to people coming from the States so most of the advice didn’t seem to apply. Emails to my contacts in Germany went unanswered for weeks, so we more or less had to figure things out on our own. Here’s how we did it, along with some of the mistakes we made.

The Setup

Money for relocation was very tight for us.   more ...

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Germany

Working Expectations for Expats in Germany

Monday April 08, 2013 (18:04:06)
Offices in Frankfurt
The words "German work ethic" are world-famous for a reason. Since the time of the nation's Wirtschaftswunder ['economic miracle'] in the 1950’s, Germany has projected the image of a nation that can rise from total devastation to exceptional prosperity merely through the unflagging determination of her citizenry. Though accomplishment also comes with an asterisk next to it that historians will already be aware of - namely, that this happened in what was then still the West of an ideologically partitioned Germany - it is still impressive. This, along with the still-strong reputation of German craftsmanship embedded in brands like Zeiss and Porsche, will give prospective workers in Germany fair warning as to the high standards and unequivocal results that employers expect.   more ...

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Germany

Bach, Building and the Berlin Wall – about Germany and Living There

Tuesday June 12, 2012 (02:29:06)

by Rachel Fuecks

Germany is a good place to invest in property.

House prices here in Germany have been stable for a long time and are beginning to rise, unlike the situation in the UK. I only discovered this some time after I had bought, demolished and rebuilt a small house in a place no-one in Britain has ever heard of. That was in 2004. I can now say definitely that it was the best and most exciting thing I have ever done, and I haven't exactly led a sheltered life. Hence my website, a dokuwiki, to which I am constantly adding, with the intention of introducing maybe a few English-speakers to something they might want to explore. If anyone would like to contact me there is an email address on the first page of my website.   more ...

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Germany

Moving to Germany (Deliver Me From Insanity!)

Tuesday June 12, 2012 (02:24:08)

by Katie Toppel

The night before our container was scheduled to arrive, we saw the enormous truck parked outside our apartment building. With an early arrival, it was obviously ready for our 8:00 am appointment the following morning. Maybe it was due to that glimpse of our container or the thoughts of my clothes and shoes dancing in my head, but that night felt like Christmas Eve. I could barely sleep anticipating the unpacking and rediscovery of all our stuff!

Bright and early the next morning, we heard the bell announcing the arrival of our lovely team of deliverymen, who would spend hours with us unloading all of our precious belongings that spent the last 6 weeks floating to Germany. The man who initially rang the bell didn't speak much English, but repeated "container" over and over just to make sure we understood his purpose and presence at our door on that particular morning. I went off to work because I figured it would be okay to put in my whopping three hours while my husband remained at the apartment, but I only got to 10:15 before his text saying, "Can you come home?!"   more ...

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Germany

Expats Alone at Home in Germany

Tuesday June 12, 2012 (01:52:35)

by Hilly van Swol-Ulbrich

A hot and sultry summer’s day in Frankfurt, Germany.

“Oh”… says Dewi,“I am amused, while at home in India, we set our air-conditioning to cool down to 27 degrees”…and chuckled… “This is what you call summer, and say it is so hot!”

We smiled as we crossed the street on the way to the canteen. For my eyes the buffet offered a great choice - for the eyes of an Indian, with specific religious dietary restrictions - I could see that she would soon grow tired of the canteen.

“So, how have your first weeks been”? And we talk about the difference in the workplace, what to observe in daily life, the do’s and the taboos. Dewi also asked about relevant places for shopping and favourite places to go and maybe visit.   more ...

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Germany

How I Fell in Love With a German City

Monday June 11, 2012 (20:38:57)

by Martha Andrus

I fell in love, at first sight, with a beautiful, quaint city called Rothenbach O.T. Upon entering the city from the freeway, it looks much like any other European town. Narrow, cobblestone streets dotted with churches and homes. But as you drive further into the city, you see a huge concrete wall, much like a fortress. Parking is outside of this wall and, as you walk inside, you feel as if you have stepped back in time. The first thing you see is the brick streets which are only used for pedestrian and bicycle traffic and an occasional taxi. Also, you will see buggies being pulled by two horses.

The buildings are so very old but they have been renovated and painted in beautiful, light colors of peach and yellow, beige and white and all with tiled roofs. There are apartments above the retail stores, with hotels and restaurants making up the majority of this city. Flower boxes are a must and are seen on every window of most every building full of bright, blooming plants.   more ...