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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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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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German Passive Aggression: A Guide for Expats

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Germany is a beautiful country, renowned for its economic prowess and success. Living here as a foreigner has been a true privilege- I have enjoyed many benefits such as sick leave, fantastic vacation plans, clean streets and more. I also realize that such benefits do not come without cost. Indeed, such a wonderful utopia could not exist without strict rules that dictate how society should thrive. And what does any good German* do when they witness an individual violating such a rule? React with passive aggression, of course! But if you’re an immigrant like me and haven’t quite mastered it yet- don’t worry! This handy guide will have you silently seething in no time.
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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying in Germany

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Every few months or so, the same news story begins to pop up, declaring how thousands of Americans are moving to Germany to study for “free”. Following this, the same comments are made about how terrible the university system in the US is and how amazing it would be to skip the crippling debt from student loans. And then of course the questions on the forums appear: American students asking how hard it would be to move to Germany and find a room. But the question that rarely gets asked is, “how hard is it to complete a degree in Germany as an international student?” Now for the record, studying abroad is a fantastic experience. I highly encourage everyone to do it if they feel up to the challenge. But speaking as an American who went through the experience of completing a 4 year program as an international student, here’s five things I wish I had known before even applying.

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The Böhmermann Affair: One Small Step For Jan, One Giant Leap for German Comedy

 

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Congratulations, Germany! While you have been notoriously known for lacking a sense of humor and having seriously terrible comedy, you’re finally in the big leagues. The Böhmermann Affair is your chance to shine- a satirical piece which criticized a foreign leader, tested the boundaries of an outdated law, AND has gained worldwide attention! This is an amazing opportunity not just for your culture, but also for your country, to break the stereotypes holding it back and really make a mark- so let’s make sure you don’t screw it up.

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Interview with a Spargeler: All About Spargelzeit

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Lately you may have noticed a few posters in the windows of German shops announcing the approach of that special time of year. Yes indeed, Spargelzeit is coming! And while we prepare for an onslaught of stands offering to sell this white asparagus at bargain prices, you may be wondering- what exactly is Spargel? Why is it so special? What’s the big idea? With this in mind I sat down with self-proclaimed Spargel expert, Herr Johann Spargelbach, to find out more about this German tradition.

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