Book recommendation: How to be German in 50 new steps

How to be German book recommendationAre you an expat living in Germany or thinking of moving there anytime soon? Well, this might be your chance to discover 50 pleasant chapters about what it’s like to mingle with its people and really get to know the German mentality.

It’s a fun read with insightful expat advice and you will find yourself chuckling away while nodding wisely and thinking to yourself “IT’S SO TRUE!” I’d even recommend it to German expats living abroad – it may be a great Christmas present.

 

Here is how to be more German:…

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Studying abroad in Spain

It’s been tricky lately to post regularly because I have been doing a part-time masters degree in online marketing and e-commerce while working and trying to run this blog. The good news is I am about to hand in the final thesis and ready to share my experience.
Have you been thinking of studying abroad or gaining additional qualifications in another country? Here are helpful ideas and practical advice how to approach your goal and know what to expect.…

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Book recommendation: German men sit down to pee

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This book is about the funny oddities and cultural differences of expat life in Germany – mostly from an anglophone point of view. It’s the perfect read if you are an expat in Germany or if your partner is German. It’ll help you understand “zhe Germanz” and will surely make you laugh out loud. In fact, every German should read it – and it’ll be even more fun if you’ve lived abroad. 😉

Here are 6 good reasons why you should read this book:…

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4 insights into overseas work mentalities

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Living and working in foreign countries is a funny thing. We hop on a 2h flight across Europe and think we are aware and respectful about cultural differences or that at least we will learn to adapt shortly. But do we really?
I recently joined a French company here in Spain to work for their German team which made me think about differences in working mentalities: I have worked in international teams across 7 countries over the past 15 years and definitely find some mentalities easier to work with than others. Take meeting styles as an example. In my opinion …

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Barcelona inspires expats – Why you should be networking

Barcelona is working hard on attracting talent through multinationals and research projects and by promoting itself as the ideal open-minded international city with California lifestyle and start-up creativity in Europe.

“Talent attracts capital far more effectively than capital attracts talent”

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Last Thursday Barcelona Global hosted its third Hola Barcelona Networking Event at the beautiful Palauet Albéniz at Montjuic: a beautiful, exclusive location that strikes me as miniature Paris Versailles with breath-taking views over the city and the National Art Museum of Catalonia in its background.…

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It’s my year of the three wise monkeys. Do you buy art as a souvenir?

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I am starting the New Year with positive intentions and with this new painting in my office. It’s inspired by the three wise monkeys of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.
To me it links to Buddhist tradition and the proverb of not dwelling on negative thoughts which is in line with my interest in NLP and Positive Psychology. (I also think it perfectly expresses that Monday morning feeling when you switch on your computer 😉 )

It made me think that pictures can be resourceful to expats and travellers and are probably one of the best …

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12 curious facts about living in Spain

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It’s my first year in Spain and every day I am still learning something new about the way of life here in Barcelona – it is very international, Catalan and in some ways not very Spanish for these reasons. To be honest that makes it all the more interesting and fun for me! I like Catalan mentality and I love to speak four languages in one day.

Here are 12 things that stick out for me in Spain, in no particular order:…

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Here is what I learned on my 25-year-journey from East to West

I watched this documentary about 25 East German families 25 years after the Berlin wall came down, focusing on who they have become today and who they continue to be after a long journey into a new country.

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Being a child of the East myself I found it very moving and I now feel I have always been watching my past from a distance without fully appreciating my roots nor understanding my identity. I wonder how others cope with that? Sometimes I feel like having lost the home country of my childhood; it doesn’t exist as such anymore. My journey …

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