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 Munich:
I really am scratching my head, trying to think of a way that life in Munich challenges an expat. My greatest culture shock was to discover that not everybody takes credit cards. Many people grouch about the bureaucracy in Germany, and how inflexible it is. My experience is a positive one. There are plenty of rules, but they are enforced efficiently and without undue complexity. Just be prepared to wait. Bring a book to the Amt.
But I wish I had packed my things better, I wish I had taken all of the little things I thought I didn’t need…. But on that same note, there is not much you can do to prepare making such a big move. You have to trust yourself to get through it and find out who you are in a foreign country.
I was very lucky because friends of friends introduced me to amazing local people here in Munich who has taken care of me since day one. I have also met wonderful expats while attending different German courses and a few of them are now very good friends. I am also a member of the InterNations community, which I strongly recommend to all expats.
Not long after moving to Germany and before I had figured out public transportation, I decided it was a good idea to walk to a nearby castle. It should have only been a mile and a half walk from our hotel. Unfortunately, we got lost and it took almost 2 hours. When my daughter began to complain I said, “this is our new reality!” to which she responded, “I like our old reality better!” I laughed out. Being carless was and still is a challenge.
I have a few close friends who are American or British, but most of my friends are German. There’s definitely a thriving international community though – and lots of meet-ups and events organized by various different people.
I would have tried to immerse myself in German culture more thoroughly and quickly. Maybe lived in a WG. I spent the first few years living in an expat bubble. It was very much fun, but improving my German and building friendships with Germans really deepened and changed my experience.
My name is Emma, I come from London. We moved to Munich two years ago now, having lived in Copenhagen for two years previously. I can't believe we haven't lived in the UK for four years!
I am more interested in getting to know locals, although there are lots of fascinating characters from all over the world, I am sure. I would be happy to meet anyone who would like to show me a little of their Munich, so get in touch...
I didn't really have trouble getting used to the new life. I have lived in 5 countries so far and I adapt fast. However, of course there were things that were new to me, especially all the German rules, of which there are many.