Tag Archives: German bureaucracy

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German regulations and rules

There are a lot of regulations in Germany and yes you might get frustrated by some of them…. but you will appreciate them at the end, believe me! I am working in a court doing my Praktikum and I can tell you that the court system is far from perfect ;-)…well...
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From Croatia to Berlin

Please meet two nice young people from Croatia, currently living in the centre of Berlin, Neukölln. Csaba is a sworn translator for English, Croatian and German and Petar has recently enrolled to the Master’s Program of East-European Studies at the FU Berlin. Why Germany? Csaba: I have German ancestors. I was born...
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“Well-functioning” German social system

I am sitting at my table and don’t know where to begin. It is very difficult to describe my current feelings. To be honest, my soul is really overfilled with negative emotions and my head – with depressing thoughts. All because I became very disappointed with the country I idolized...
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Germans love punctuality

I am a student currently living in Berlin, but I am originally from Belarus. Actually, I have been living here since 2001, but I spent three years in Kosovo and a couple of months in Saudi Arabia before coming back to Germany, so maybe I could still be called something...
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Too much to handle

My name is Sveta and I originally come from Russia, where I actually reside now. I spent one year as au-pair in Berlin a few years ago. I was not happy with my host family and that made my German experience worse….Berlin is definitely a nice city, but the German society...
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The paperwork would be a lot easier, though!

I am Elizabeth, an American mother of two adult children and wife of a Swabian German whose mother is from northern England. I started learning German in the 8th grade and in 11th grade lived for six months as an exchange student with a wonderful family in Esslingen, Germany, the...
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I have the life I always wanted

My name is Masood and I come from the northern part of Afghanistan – a safe part. I came to Germany for the first time in 2010 to do an internship at Deutsche Welle in Bonn and I did not come prepared at all, I remember those six months my...
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Like mother like daughter

My name is Rhea Boyden and I was born in Ireland in 1975 to American parents and spent much of my childhood moving back and forth between Ireland and the United States. When my parents separated, my mother left Ireland and was always a bit of a wanderer, ever in...
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A late registration

Here in Germany you have to register yourself in the city you are living in. After two years I thought: “OK, I’ll do it.” I arrived in the city hall and announced to the official there that I would like to register myself after two years. He was speechless… totally...
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Basically for adventure

I’m American, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and lived in the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Munich, Germany. I moved here, basically for adventure. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to live in Germany per se, but I wanted to live abroad and...
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A pretext for a party

I am a Swiss native who moved to Germany five years ago. I have a general love for fashion, travel and rock music, and of leopard print, funky cities and Bon Jovi in particular! I am also getting more and more into photography and this shows on my blog. However, if I...
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I can live alone

There is nothing that really upsets me over here, even being an Arab from a different world and with a veil. This was surprising. I expected it to be much more difficult. Maybe it is because of Bonn. If I would go to the eastern part of Germany, maybe it...