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Recommended Expat Blogs: Berlin
Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in Berlin:
There are lots of little differences between Berlin and London, which I am still discovering and coming to terms with; the language, customer service, the fact that you sometimes can’t find chickpeas in the supermarket…
The language of course makes things challenging. The simplest trip to pick up a package turns into a social experiment. I never know if I get blank stares because I look different, or because of my poor German. It seems I often make the wrong move and things just turn out awkward. Did I smile too much, was there too much small talk, was my last syllable not guttural enough? Culture shock is an understatement.
Nobody can prepare you for Berlin unless you have a job arranged in advance. Or a trust fund. Or mad skills. This place is a money pit suck hole. And I say that with the utmost reverence.
After living in other cities in Germany, I came for professional reasons to Berlin. It was absolutely easy to find like-minded folks. As a square dancer, I just visited the clubs in Berlin and instantly had friends.
Mandi: No apathy allowed
There weren’t too many surprises in moving to Berlin, mostly because we had spent so much time in the city beforehand and my sweetheart lived there when he was in university. But if you want to talk about my move from New York to Hamburg, that was something else entirely! Although I arrived with a research fellowship in hand and a pretty good support network along with it, I was a bit surprised at just how exhausting it was to constantly be speaking another language and be gauging cultural expectations.
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