She Stoops to Conquer

During his past two years living in Germany, British expat Simon soon realized that one of the things he missed most about London was the monthly visits to the theatre with his family and friends. Rather slow progress with the German language and a very limited availability of English-language theatre productions in Munich have turned […]

Every Child Knows That …

British expat Simon finds that there’s a whole new dimension to his relationship with his girlfriend ever since their move to Germany: Simple arguments suddenly turn into a matter of cross-cultural communication. Munich has one of the best broadband connections in the world, apparently. But last week we had a black out: No phone, no […]

Just Passing Through, Amigo?

British expat Simon muses about drift and determination in Munich’s expat circles and finds that many of his expat friends have decided not to move to the UK again once their job has come to an end. So what attracts a British expat to life in Germany? As I ordered a burrito in Taco Libre […]

Do You Shower Daily?

Marisa from Barcelona moved to Berlin for a new job and shares her experience of finding a flat. I hadn’t really thought much about how different Berlin would be from Barcelona, except of course the obvious language and climate difference. I learned German in school so I was quite happy to have that basis – […]

Hi-Tech Chaos

Josef from Germany moved to Kolkata (Calcutta), India to work at a software company and is amazed at how incredibly chaotic things are at his new job! I have to be honest and say that I was not too excited about moving to India for a two year expat assignment. A colleague of mine was […]

Please Check This Box for Complaints…

Expat Celia from Australia expresses an interesting view on how she sees some people in Germany, and wonders why it is that in this beautiful country, people never seem content or satisfied with their lives. Cultural differences come in many shapes and sizes! Language, food, mannerisms, etiquette, etc. What I had never considered before is […]

Don’t Pull Out the Chair – But Do Hold Open the Door!

Tanja from Germany moved to Mexico and entered the dating scene. She found it very difficult to figure men out – in whichever culture she ended up – especially as dating is never straightforward anywhere. She gives us a glimpse of what dating in Mexico was like. I find that dating abroad is always more […]

An Expat at Home?

Linda lived in Vienna for the past eight years and figured it was time to go back to her hometown of Bonn, Germany again. In an interview she tells us how it was to move back to Germany and how she found it so strange that even though Austrian and German culture are not so […]

No Raking on Sundays!

John, a Manhattan lawyer fell in love with NYU Guest Lecturer Margarete and decided to move back to her hometown near Hanover Germany with her. He tells us about the culture shock he received upon being chucked from big city life into a jumble of small-town minds. I must say I was less than prepared […]

Watch Your Wording!

It has always struck me as interesting to note how certain nationalities are viewed in some countries. For example, in Germany the terms “Turk”, “Russian”, “Italian” and a few others all have a negative ring to it. They are not used as swear words or racial slurs specifically, but they imply a certain disapproval. Being […]