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How to Survive in Germany Part 8: Christmas

This is part of my ongoing series on how to survive in Germany based on my experiences. Today we will look at Christmas in Germany, which is rich in traditions. Many Christmas customs around the world originated in Germany, like the use of decorated trees and the tradition of Christmas markets. Below are 5 things… Read more »

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How to Survive in Germany Part 7: Drinks

This is part of my ongoing series on surviving in Germany based on my own experiences. Today we’ll talk about typical drinks in Germany. Beer Everybody knows Germany for it’s beer and Oktoberfest. Curiously Germany is not the world’s top beer consumer. That title goes to the Czech Republic. Beer in Germany has to follow… Read more »

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How to Survive in Germany Part 6: Food

This is part of my ongoing series on surviving in Germany based on my experiences. Today we will focus on the food. Everybody knows German food includes sausages and sauerkraut, but there is so much more than that. Here’s a list of German staples and some of the weird food I’ve encountered. Bread Germany produces… Read more »

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How to Survive in Germany Part 5: Recycling

This is part of my ongoing series on surviving in Germany based on my own experiences. Recycling in Germany is an intrinsic part of the waste management system. No need to search for a collection area, just segregate and throw in the designated container. Sorting Recyclables are sorted into five groups: “recyclables” (plastic, tin cans,… Read more »

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How to Survive in Germany Part 4: Buying Groceries

This is Part 4 in my continuing series of surviving in Germany based on my own experiences. Today we’ll discuss doing groceries. You’d think buying groceries in Germany wouldn’t be such a big deal that it needs it’s own article but that’s not the case. In Germany things are never as easy as they seem,… Read more »

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How to Survive in Germany Part 3: Renting an Apartment

This is Part 3 in my continuing series on surviving in Germany based on my experiences. Now that you’ve mastered the language and found a job, the next step is to rent an apartment. The process of renting an apartment in Germany is pretty similar to US: you look online or through the classified ads,… Read more »

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How to Survive in Germany Part 2: Finding a Job

This is the second in my series on surviving in Germany based on my experiences. In Part 1, we discussed the German language. After you’ve learned some basic vocabulary and grammar, the next thing you need to do is find a job. I can trace my difficulties to landing a job here in Germany to… Read more »

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How to Survive in Germany Part 1: Learning the Language

This is the first in a series I’ll be writing about my experiences living in Germany. Today I’ll be focusing of what I think is the most important thing you need in your survival kit: learning the German language. In his essay, “The Awful German Language”, Mark Twain wrote: My philological studies have satisfied me… Read more »