Tag Archives: German friends

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Germany: The place to be?

According to the report published by InterNations, in the Quality of Life Index, Germany ranks ninth overall, owing to its transport infrastructure, safety, and healthcare. The obvious drawback is the German climate, with over one-third of expats (36%) feeling dissatisfied with the weather, compared to 22% globally. However, the natural environment...
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Great German organisation!

My name is Anna (originally from Moscow, Russia) and I am a PhD student in Heidelberg. Before coming to Germany, I had applied to many european universities and only in Germany I got a very good scholarship to acquire a PhD in biology and bioinformatics. I’m enjoying every day of...
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Diversity has made me to the person I am

On my last birthday I received good wishes from Italy, Spain and Ireland. On the very same evening my friends who are from many different countries and cultures, who speak many different languages came over to visit. Friends from France, Finland, Poland, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan and Estonia were there that...
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Two for one deal

I’m a former globe-trotting backpacker who lived in a work-travel-work-travel cycle for 5/6 years before eventually putting on the brakes in Germany.  I originally lived in Hamburg for 2 years but I never really settled in the Hansestadt and so eventually moved to Italy. In 2013 I came back, but...
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Ali for (and from) Germany

In the wake of Germany’s World Cup victory, much has been said about a renewed sense of German patriotism and its implications. While some have feared a connection to Germany’s dark past, others have welcomed the discourse as a chance to shape a new sense of belonging within the country’s...
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Germans are my type of people

My name is Soheon Kim, I am 24 year old and I am from South Korea. I finished my Bachelor’s degree in one of the best universities there, with a major in Western history and minor in journalism. But even with such a notorious university and a couple of internships I was not...
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Chanting for East Germany

Back in the 1980s I had pen pals in East Germany. I was studying German at the university and that was the only way for Soviet citizens to practice the language with native speakers. In 1989 the Soviet Union travelling regulations got looser and I finally had the possibility to...
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I am very Germanized by now

My name is Ofelia, I come from Mexico and I am half German as well. I’ve been living in Germany for four years now. Currently I am doing a Traineeship at the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle in Bonn. Do you feel yourself more Mexican or German? I feel more Mexican...
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My own little spot

My name is Pam and I was born in Boston, but have lived in California, Connecticut and Utah a couple of times. In 2012 my husband’s job brought us to Cologne and we really like it here. When we first came here the biggest struggle was, believe it or not,...
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Not really a big culture shock

My name is Zia, I am a student in Bremen, and I originally come from Indonesia. I learned German at school and had a couple of German friends when I was an exchange student in the US. I have always wanted to come to Germany, so when I finished high...