5 Myths About Germany

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Ah, Germany! The economic powerhouse of the EU! A shining beacon of hope in a world that’s gone mad! More and more, the world turns to Berlin (and Munich and Hamburg and even Düsseldorf) as a sign of stability in uncertain times. Quality of life is high, employment is steadily rising, and the lessons of history have been well learned. However, as one starts to examine what exactly makes the German system work, they come face to face with some rather inaccurate stereotypes. So in order for you, dear reader, to truly understand what it’s like here, I offer the truth I have personally uncovered regarding 5 Myths About Germany.

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Odds for Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Ridiculousness

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Alright, Europe! It’s almost time for the event of the year, EUROVISION 2017! Last year’s tumultuous event was full of shocking moments that left many fans stunned- except, of course, for my dear readers who were prepared for pretty much anything thanks to the handy betting odds I made. So what can we expect this time around? More chaos? More craziness? MORE WIND MACHINES?! Read on to find out more.

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The 5 Types of Posts on Expat Forums

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Congratulations! You’ve made the bold decision to leave your home country and live abroad. It’s going to be an incredible adventure, filled with challenges that will force you to grow as a person. You likely have many questions and concerns, but the internet is here to help! Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, hundreds of thousands of expats and immigrants have congregated to forums on social media and beyond. Here they offer their assistance and comfort for any sort of troubles you might have. There’s just one problem with these expat forums- and that’s the type of posts you’ll find there. Curious? Here are the 5 types of posts you’re likely to find on expat forums.

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The 5 Types of Responses on Expat Forums

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Congratulations! You made the bold decision to leave your home country and live abroad. It was an incredible adventure, filled with challenges that forced you to grow as a person. You likely have tons of experiences and advice you’d like to share, and the internet is here to help! Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, hundreds of thousands of expats and immigrants have congregated to forums on social media and beyond. Here you can offer your assistance and comfort for any sort of troubles your fellow travelers might have. There’s just one problem with these expat forums- and that’s the type of responses you’ll find there. Curious? Here are the 5 types of responses you’re likely to find on expat forums.

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Your German Easter Schedule

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If there’s one thing Germany knows, it’s the importance of holidays. On these “Feiertagen” you might mistake what used to be a busy Altstadt street for a set off the newest season of “The Walking Dead: Europe” (might even find a few Walkers/drunks, depending on the holiday!). But when it’s Easter- the country basically shuts down for four days. So what can you do as a poor foreigner looking for something to ease the boredom? Read on!

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Karneval Bingo Card

HELAAAAAU! It’s everyone’s favorite time of year- Karneval! A time of costumes, candy, and booze which lasts only a few days (but really feels like weeks in the morning). And while some people might think of it as “German Halloween”, it’s just so, so much more. So in order to truly appreciate the experience, here’s a bingo card for you to print and mark while experiencing the merriment! Pro tip- laminate it so you can use it next year/easily wipe off vomit.

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German Deliveries: A Guide for Expats

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There’s one thing that I’ve learned to love while living in Germany: Amazon.de and its English option. Instead of wandering throughout random stores and having some less than satisfactory experiences, all I need to do is point, click, and pray to God I’ll be home when the package arrives. Because in a country which prides efficiency and order above all else, dealing with deliveries remains a thorny issue*. Think you can handle it? Then take this quiz and see how well you do!

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Modern Endings to German Fairy Tales

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Since the Brother’s Grimm first set forward to collect and share the fantastic stories of various villages and peoples, Germany has been known for its fairy tales. These are legends as old as the country itself. Sadly the Grimm’s aren’t around anymore and are unable to update their classic tales for modern German times. But worry not! After taking a class on German fairy tales at university (no, I’m not joking), I present to you 5 updated endings to the Märchen you know and love.

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George Schorschi’s Guide to German Cuisine: Holiday Edition

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It’s that time again- gather with loved ones, reflect on joys and sorrows of the year, and partake in traditional foods passed down from generation to generation. Or maybe you’re a million miles from home like me and eating canned food by single candle flame as the German winter chips away at your holiday spirit. Either way, food is involved! And since the last article was so popular (the videos not so much), here’s the long awaited follow up with a seasonal twist. So kick back, turn on “Dinner for One”, and enjoy yet another take on German cuisine!

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Meet the Expat: George Schorschi

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meet_expat_george_2George Schorschi came to Germany from Phoenix, Arizona and now runs a comedy circuit that tours around Germany. Based in Düsseldorf this copywriter and stand-up comedian sees comedy as a lifeline for expats, helping them to see the lighter side of life in Germany.

Seeing as you’re an American and the most controversial election in US history is about to take place, tell us who you’d like it to be – Trump or Clinton?

Definitely Clinton. Even before Bernie pulled out; I liked his ideas but I knew they would be very difficult to get done. I feel like we went through that with Obama. As a young adult I thought he could really bring change, and he has done so much, but against such a large opposition it just wasn’t possible. With Clinton I’m happy to see a large portion of Bernie’s ideas integrated in the Clinton platform. Ultimately…

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