ADAC German Driver's License

THREE YEAR SWAP: GET YOUR GERMAN DRIVER’S LICENSE

I think most people moving abroad have fantasies of seemless acculturation, speaking solely the national language and hanging out purely with locals. However, it takes about a day to figure out that expat friends are invaluable. While local friends can provide invaluable insider knowledge, they will never quite understand your visa struggles or unquenchable Tex-Mex cravings. Expat friends also have knowledge that a native could not have, like how to convert your USA driver's license into a German driver's license. It was one … Read More

CROWD-PLEASERS

House Shoes

TURNING GERMAN: HOUSE SHOES (HAUSSCHUHE)

There are some widely accepted German customs I've refused to accept: - wearing a scarf around your neck when you have a sore throat (and the general overuse of scarves) - waiting at the crosswalk for the light to turn green when there's not a car in sight - being extremely straightforward - wearing house shoes That is, … Read More

European Travel Apps

11 APPS YOU MUST DOWNLOAD BEFORE TRAVELING EUROPE

Travel sure has changed since our parents were backpacking Europe. My mom likes for me to call every (week)day. I imagine if I grew up in her age, she'd be happy to see me at the airport upon my arrival back home. Thanks to technology though, there's are a lack of excuses for not checking in with mom while on the road, besides … Read More

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HOW TO: KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER WHEN MOVING ABROAD

One of the most stressful thoughts about moving to Germany for a year two years and counting was losing my American cell phone number. How would people ever contact me again? I am from Houston-proper, I can't just give up the coveted 713 area code only to move back and risk and obtaining an 832, or worse, a 281. This may sound … Read More

EXPLORE GERMANY

Leaving Oktoberfest

OKTOBERFEST WHIRLWIND

It's the most wonderful time of the year in Germany: beer festivals and pumpkin soup take over ice cream and lake trips … Read More

EXPAT EXCERPTS