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Moving to Heidelberg

 

Heidelberg is beautiful, it’s romantic and not mention picturesque. If you’re planning on moving to Germany and Heidelberg is your destination, you won’t be disappointed. With a population of approximately 150 000, this wonderful city has lots of friends to be made. Outside of having fun and exploring the wonders of Heidelberg, you’ll want to know what to expect, what to prepare for and what you can and cannot find. Moving far away from home isn’t always an easy task and the more you know about a location before it becomes your home, the easier it will be to settle in. From restaurants to employment, fun to doctors, food to housing, figuring these things out in advance will definitely lessen the burden.

 

 

Because you are indeed in Germany, thing will go a lot more smoothly if you can get a grasp of this strange language they call German. Luckily enough, there are quite a few language schools in Heidelberg to choose from. Whether you’re looking at taking on an accelerated program, or you’re trying to fill your schedule and would prefer something more relaxed, something more routine, you’ll find a language school that is fit for you. Check with your company to see if they cover the cost of language schools. If not, you may want to check out the prices and budget accordingly.

 

Language Schools in the Heidelberg area include:

·         Das Heidelberger Pädagogium- http://www.heidelberger-paedagogium.de/

·         Volkshochschule Heidelberg- http://www.vhs-hd.de/

·         F+U Language School- http://www.fuu-heidelberg-languages.eu/

·         Berlitz- http://www.berlitz.de/en/heidelberg/

 

 

 

Because sitting at home all day takes the fun out of things, and you’d rather earn a little bit of extra cash on the side to accompany your shoe obsession, you may consider finding a job in Heidelberg. Depending on the skills you have you may find this process an easy or a difficult one. Some places prefer that their employees speak German or at least have some understanding of the language. This is usually true for skilled labour, though Heidelberg does have some companies where English is no problem at all. However, if you’re looking to just find something in the mean time, while you brush up on your German, you may want to look into bar tending, waiting, cleaning. These fields are usually easy to slide into and there are typically a wide variety of openings.

Check out these websites for an idea of what jobs are available:

·         http://www.quoka.de/

·         http://www.monster.de/

·         http://de.indeed.com/

·         http://jobs.meinestadt.de/heidelberg

·         https://www.kimeta.de/stellenangebote-heidelberg

·         http://www.jobmorgen.de/jobs-heidelberg

 

 

Moving to Heidelberg

Finding a home is of course one of the most important things you will need to look into before moving to Heidelberg. Depending on where you’re moving from your vision of the housing prices will differ. Some people find accommodation in Heidelberg excessively expensive, where others find the pricing rather reasonable. Ensure that you have a good understanding of what you are expected to pay and what prices come on top of your base rent. Know the difference between kaltmiete and warmmiete as well as how high the security deposit is and also the price to use a real estate agent.

 

Here are some helpful, house hunting websites:

·         http://www.immobilienscout24.de/

·         http://www.immonet.de/

·         http://www.wg-gesucht.de/wohnungen-in-Heidelberg.59.2.1.0.html

 

 

 

 

Moving to Germany

 

Let’s start by saying, great choice. For so many reasons, Germany is a brilliant place to relocate to, both for the short and long term. But like every other paradise, it too, has its highs and lows. Amazing architecture, deep rooted history, a vibrant culture, decadent food, all of these things contribute to Germany’s charm. But what if we separate the pro’s from the cons, will Germany still seem irresistible?

 

What’s so great about the home of the Bratwurst and Sauerkraut?

 

·         Healthcare: Germany has exceptional healthcare. Ensure that you are either covered by your home health insurance company, or that you get everything sorted through your travel agent before getting on the plane. Once you have arrived in Germany, if you’re planning on a longer stay, consider switching to a company in Germany. Do thorough research and find out what criteria you need to meet in order to qualify.

·         The People: Germans may initially come off as a ’not so friendly‘ set of people. This however is not necessarily true. Perhaps the weather during every other season but summer has their faces set in a way that may seem less than pleasant. You will though, be pleasantly surprised when you’re approached in the grocery store or cafes simply because you’re speaking English and they’re interested in knowing where you’re from and practicing their English skills with you a little.

·         Safety: Germany is very safe. Never will you have felt more comfortable going for early morning jogs or traveling home alone late at night. The crime rate in Germany is exceptionally low. The only thing worth worry just a miniscule bit about may be pickpocketing in bigger cities. 

·         New language: Challenge yourself to learn the language. At first it may seem impossible and you may get frustrated trying to understand the gibberish that seems to be spoken. However, once you’ve been here for a while, and if you try, you’ll realize German isn’t as far from English as you had perceived. There are so many English words and phrases incorporated in the language that once you get a hang of the sentence structure and grammar, the language can be a breeze.

 

Moving to Germany 1 

What’s not so great about it?

 

·         Renting is expensive: Rent prices are a bit on the ridiculous side in Germany, especially when you’re looking into bigger cities. The apartments and houses are typically smaller than those in places like the United States, and the unfortunately cost a lot more too.

·         Strict Rules: Germany is a strict society. They’re lots of rules to get used to, primarily when it comes to driving. The penalties can be both severe and wrench your pockets dry. Provided you stay on the right side of the law, you’ll be just fine.

·         Weather: For those coming from Florida, California or other places where sunshine is abundant and it’s T-Shirt season year round, you might want to think about invested in a couple more umbrellas, rain boots and thicker not so comfortable clothing.

When considering a move to Germany there are many things that need to be taken into considerations. Americans often get overwhelmed with the lack of information as well as the conflicting information they find regarding this subject. Some even get discouraged when they’ve joined a forum only to hear that there is no way humanly possibly that they can reside in Germany unless they’re willing to change their career path, marry a stranger or other out of the box ways that they aren’t willing to take on. But the truth is, though the process is by no means an easy one, it definitely is not an impossible one.

First and foremost you‚ll have to decide whether or not this is something you really want to do. Think it through, let the idea settle before making the first move. If you’ve never been to Germany, you’ve only spent a short period of time in Germany or you visited Germany a long time ago, you may want to consider planning a short trip to really get a feel for things. Remember that with time, countries change, and the preconception you have of Germany may be different from the reality of what things are actually like. Once you’ve decided that this is just what you want and there’s nothing holding you back, then you’ll want to know how to do it and what the best and easiest ways to go about it are.

 

 

Americans traveling to Germany do not typically need a visa, provided they aren’t planning on staying for longer than 90 days. If you are however, planning a longer stay you will need to go to the Einwohnermeldeamt to get a residence permit.

Working in Germany is one way to guarantee a longer stay. You will need to provide documentation from your employer as well as bring along quite a few other documents for the application. This must be done within a few weeks of arriving in Germany. Your application will be made through the Ausländerbehörde and what you will receive is an  Aufenhaltserlaubnis.

Have you fallen madly in love with a German? Propose. Marriage is one way to be able to get to Germany and stay for a long duration of time. Those who marry a German will have to file paperwork after which they will receive an befristeter Aufenhaltserlaubnis. This document will allow you to reside in Germany and also work in Germany. There is an expiration date on the Aufenhaltserlaubnis. Before this document has expired you are expected to fulfill certain obligations like taking a German and integration course.

Studying in German is a route you can take. Americans can also apply for a visa that will allow them to stay for longer than the 90 days allowed without a visa, in which time they will be able to have enough time to view universities as well as to apply to them. Contact the German consulate to gather more information on this topic. http://www.germany.info

 

 

Andrea Simon and Catherine Brozovsky of BS relocation services describe how professional relocation services can assist you with housing and other potential challenges associated with your move to Germany.

Relocation assistance simplifies your relocation process in a fast, efficient and cost effective way.

Frankfurt is Germany`s most cosmopolitan city, with foreigners making up more than one-quarter of the population. It is an international city where newcomers settle down quickly and feel at home.

 

Expats and Housing

For expatriates housing is probably the most essential issue. Frankfurt has a fast moving rental property market due to a high share of expatriates with an average rental period of 2-3 years. Apartments go as fast as they come on the market and online offers are often already taken by the time they appear.

 

 

 

Value-Added Services

Therefore the excellent contacts of a well-established relocation company make a real difference when trying to secure the property you want. How to choose the appropriate relocation service for my requirements?

Decisive criteria for the right choice should be:

A good relocation company can also assist you with your immigration process as well as with the search of a suitable school or kindergarten and help you during your settling in period to allow a smooth start in your new daily life. 

 

Contact

BS relocation services

Clemensstraße 6-8

60487 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: +49 (0) 69 27297-323/4

Fax: +49 (0) 69 959290-969

info@bs-relocation.com

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When making the decision to buy new home electronics, many aspects come into play. The very first step is of course figuring out what is needed. May it be a new flat screen TV, a microwave or a computer, there are many stores in Munich that offer large varieties of home electronics to their customers.

Purchasing electronics online can in many cases be cheaper than going to a local store, but does in fact mean that before purchasing the good there is no way of physically looking at the gadget before paying for it. Visiting a local store on the other hand, offers the opportunity of getting a one on one with a real person, seeing the gadget in 3D, holding it in your hands and then making one’s decision. Especially smaller, privately owned stores can usually offer good long face time with their employees in order to ensure that their customers get exactly what they are looking for. However, the advantage of bigger chains such as Media Markt, Saturn or Medimax is the great variety they have to offer. From refrigerators to washing machines, computers to home entertainment systems, larger stores usually have everything one can think of. Another advantage of chains is the great buyer protection they can offer. Many larger stores provide the option of purchasing insurance as well as extended warranty packages with the purchase of new electronics.  Stores like Media Markt and Saturn offer many promotions during which items can be financed with zero percent interest over longer periods of time. Media Markt and Saturn also have online stores in which many of their in-store products can be purchased comfortably from home.

A very important question for all of those with limited stays in Germany is the question whether it actually makes sense to buy new electronics versus renting them from a company. Checking with a furniture leasing company may also prove to be beneficial.  Many furniture leasing companies offer the rental of home electronics such as washers, dryers and even television sets.

 

For those, however, who are set on buying new home electronics from a local business in Munich, check out this list of home electronics stores in the Munich area.

 

·         SATURN München PEP – Ollenhauerstrasse 6, 81737 München

 

·         SATURN München OEZ – Hanauer Straße 77, 80993 München

 

·         Elektro Reithofer München GmbH – Maria Probst Str. 22, 80939 München   

 

·         SATURN München Theresienhöhe – Schwanthalerstr. 115, 80339 München

 

·         K&M Shop München – Nordendstraße 23, 80801 München

 

·         SATURN München Riem – Willy-Brandt-Platz 5, 81829 München

 

·         SATURN München – Neuhauserstr.39, 80331 München

 

·         Conrad Electronic München Moosach – Hanauer Straße 91, 80993 München

 

·         Euronics München Radio-Stöckle – Fürstenrieder Straße 100-102, 80686 München

 

·         PC-SPEZIALIST München-Ost – Wasserburger Landstraße 280, 81827 München-Ost

 

·         Gravis München – Tal 38, 80331 München

 

·         Euronics München Radio Grampp – Rosenheimer Straße 113, 81667 München

 

·         Euronics München Reiner Niedermeier – Herzogstand Straße 24

 

·         Media Markt – Einsteinstraße 130

 

·         Media Markt – Maria-Probst-Straße 11

 

·         Media Markt – Drygalski-Allee 31

Moving to a new country is quite an endeavor to take on; however, it does not have to be as scary as it may seem at first. The move to Frankfurt, Germany for an expatriate can go quite smoothly if you do a little bit of research ahead of time. Here are some tips and pointers to get you started.

If your employer is moving you out to Frankfurt, then you should be sure to ask them a lot of questions about your relocation to your new home. You will want to know if they will be financing your move, offering you a relocation allowance, providing you with housing accommodations, or any other details or instructions you may need.

One of the best ways to prepare for your move is to start learning German. There are many people who speak English in Germany; however, there will be many instances in which German is the only language used. It would be infinitely beneficial to you to know the language. There are places that offer German language classes in Frankfurt; simply inquire at work, do an internet search, or you could also try a free online language course such as Duolingo.

Paperwork

The biggest hassle you will come across on your move to Germany will be dealing with all of the legalities, regulations, and paperwork. Once you are in Germany, you will have to register with your local town hall, and then within a couple of weeks you will also need to get your residence permit so that you are allowed to reside in Germany. Of course, there is also paperwork involved for your new residence, and for setting up internet, phone, and television. Whenever you have a lease or a contract to sign in Germany, always read it thoroughly. If it is entirely in German, find a translator. If you do not read a contract thoroughly, you may not get all of the services you thought you were signing up for, and you run the risk of getting hit with hidden fees.

Finding a Residence

If your employer does not set you up with a place to live, or if you wish to change to a different residence, you have many options for places to live in and around Frankfurt. One thing you will want to consider when choosing a residence is your commute. If you live within the limits of Frankfurt, the cost of rent may be somewhat high; however, everything is so centralized that you can take public transportation everywhere. This will save you money on shipping or purchasing a vehicle, commuting to and from work, and the cost of car insurance. On the other hand, if you choose to live outside of town, your options for places to live increases and the cost of renting or buying a home decreases. You and your family have to figure out what will work best for you.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is another concern when moving to Germany. Luckily, most employers automatically set you up on a health insurance plan. Most residence stick with public insurance, especially because adding family members to your plan does not add any additional costs. Once you have chosen which plan you prefer, your employer will pay for half of the total cost of the health insurance, and the total cost of your health insurance should add up to about 15 percent of your income. It is compulsory to have health insurance in Germany, so you do have to sign up for it.

 

Frankfurt is a wonderful city to make your home. Once you have settled in, take the time to explore the area and get to know the locals. You may even fall in love with your new home town.

If you are living in the Munich area and are moving locally, there are a number of options and companies for you to choose from to help you with your move.

Moving Companies

Most moving companies in the Munich area only offer services in German. So, if your German is not very good, you may want to brush up on the terms you will be using with your movers, or hire a translator to help you deal with the movers. Here is a list of companies that will help you with your move.

·         Huntcrest Services –The company does not have a website, but with a quick web search you can easily find their contact information. They offer building services in addition to moving services and come highly recommended among English-speaking German residents. Huntcrest Services has employees fluent in English.

·         IHR Team – A moving company serving the Munich area for short and long hauls. Their website is not available in English.

·         Die KräftigenMänner – A moving company serving multiple areas, including Munich. Their website is not available in English.

·         ZugUmZug – Is a relocation company based in Munich. They also deal with private removals, transport, packaging, disposal, and storage. Their website is not available in English.

·         Der Pfennig GuteUmzug – A Munich-based company that deals with moving, removals, and clearing out. Their website is not available in English.

·         UmzügeDaul – A company that specializes in moving and removals. Their website is not available in English.

Renting a Truck or Van

·         Sixt – A car and truck rental website. They serve multiple locations, including the Munich area. They offer their website in English.

·         Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans – Their vans are helpful for moving smaller amounts. Their services are available in multiple locations. Their German website is not available in English.

·         TransporterverleihTrudering – A van and truck rental company based in Munich. Their website is not available in English.

·         Swing – A car, van, and truck rental company available in Munich. Their website is not available in English.

Tips and Alternative Options

In addition to hiring movers or renting a truck or van, you have alternative options to help you with your move.

Sometimes college students are the best people to hire for odd jobs. They are usually in need of cash, and they are young and strong enough to handle a physically demanding job such as moving furniture. If you happen to know any university students, see if any of them would be willing to take on the job. They are cheaper labor than established companies. However, they may be less experienced, so keep an eye on your breakable items.

If you need to move any special items, such as a piano, it is best to find someone who specializes in moving those items, since traditional movers may not know how to handle the item properly.

 

Moving to a new location, even with local moves can be quite pricey. However, you often get what you pay for, so if you want your move to run smoothly and easily, you may have to pay a bit more for your movers. 

Change is difficult, but sometimes it is necessary. Sometimes things do not go well in life. You make a wrong choice or you fall into some bad luck, and you fall into a hole and it feels like you cannot get out. So, you have to move on, to move forward, and to make a change. Sometimes that’s the path that leads you to this big move. Everything went wrong, so why not pack up and move to Germany? Sometimes it is not quite so tragic. Occasionally the move is for love or even out of sheer boredom. Whatever the reason, while your spontaneity is admirable, you may want to do a bit of research before making such big commitment.

Not everyone who makes a drastic move is totally prepared for it, and that can certainly make life difficult. If you were being spontaneous and decided that you just had to move to Germany, then that is okay. There is nothing wrong with following your heart or your instincts and just going with the flow. However, you should prepare yourself as best you can for the difficult road that lies ahead.

Prepare for your big move

There are certain preparations you can make ahead of time so that your transition goes smoothly. If you have the time, or at least the patience, the best preparations you can make will be to learn German; to save up enough money to live off of for at least three, if not six, months; and to have a useful degree or skill so you can find work when you get there. Showing up in another country with no skills, no money, and no knowledge of the language will most likely turn out to be a devastating experience. So, don’t end up homeless; prepare yourself to be a functioning member of society when you get there.

When you get there

There are some things you will need to take care of right away when you move to Germany. The first thing is to establish residency. Once you get to Germany, you will have to find a job and a place to live. Once you have a residence, you must apply for residency at the local Foreigners Office to receive permission to work and live in the country. Then you must register your residence at the local registry office in the city or neighborhood where you live.

Also, when you get there, you will need to get health insurance. If you get a full-time job in Germany, you should be automatically signed up for health insurance. However, if you are self-employed or work part time, you will need to sign up on your own. Health insurance is not cheap, so you want to make sure that you are making enough money to support yourself, to pay your rent, and to afford the compulsory health insurance. If you make more than €450 per month but are not enrolled in a health insurance program, you could be heavily fined and even deported.

 

A big move is fun and scary all at once. If you are prepared for it, then things will go smoothly for you as you transition into your new life. However, if you decide to uproot and move at the spur of the moment, at least be informed, so that you can figure out what to do next.

The popularity of rental furniture companies in Germany is rapidly increasing. With places like  Furniture Leasing Corporation  adequately supplying expats furniture and appliance needs, there’s even less of a reason to get tied up buying furniture that you’ll only need for a couple of months. Having access to furniture rental companies means that expatriates can avoid having to ship their furniture from home to Germany, thus saving them a lot of money and time. This is also true with buying furniture, where when expats have to return home, they can possible experience a great deal of difficulty trying to get rid of the furniture they have accumulated during their time in Germany. 

Using a rental furniture company is easy, inexpensive and takes away a lot of pressure that may come with the other means of acquiring furniture. What often surprises expats is the trouble they have finding a furnished apartment. The lack of furnished apartments is perhaps due to the fact that Germans don’t tend to move very often. Once they find a home, they usually stay for years and years, pushing down the demand for furnished apartments. If they do happen to move after having spent a long time in their previous home, they likelihood is high that they carry all their old furniture with them, thus diminishing the need for furnished apartments once again. 

 

 

So on the search for an apartment in Germany, you’ll notice that some of the apartments that are available, do not come with a fitted kitchen as this also fits into the unfurnished category. Rental furniture companies lighten that burden as well. Even if you are having the majority of your furniture shipped from your home country, taking out your kitchen is perhaps one of those things you didn’t plan for, and possible wouldn’t even consider. Renting a kitchen is a lot more economic than buying one for a short period of time. Buying a kitchen poses huge problems when you decide to relocate. Some have luck selling their kitchen to the renters who come after them, others are able to sell through advertising, and some either end up stuck with the kitchen, or having to leave it in the apartment for free. With a rental furniture company, you won’t even have to worry about delivery and pick up, as they take care of everything for you, making it a more relaxed process.

Renting furniture is a very convenient option that expats are happy to take advantage of. With Germany’s  increasing popularity as a relocation site for expats, both on long term contracts as well as short term contracts, rental furniture makes the transition an easier and less expensive one. Whatever it is that is needed, from furniture to appliances and even decorations, expats have the flexibility to design a package that fits their furniture needs and pay on a monthly basis. 

Not trying to make it sound such an impossible task, but for an expat, looking for an apartment in Germany is indeed comparable to the tasks of Hercules. It is definitely an ordeal you may not want to go through and for many, it is a horrible experience best left untold. But why is looking for an apartment in Germany a horrible experience? Are there any insider tips an expat can use when looking for an apartment in Germany? We have compiled a list of 3 tips you can use when looking for an apartment in Germany and reasons for each one. Brace yourself and read on:

Tip # 1 – You Need to Understand German

You do not need to be native level but a good understanding of German is very important, either that or find a German colleague or friend to help you. Why? Because looking for an apartment in Germany means you need to read the ads in the local paper which are of course written in German. You can’t find ads in the internet, it is often in the local papers, and if not, you might hear of it from someone who is a local, so knowing some German terms for finding an apartment in Germany is really essential. Here are some terms which you need to know as a start:

 

Tip # 2 – You Need the Help of an Agent

Not a secret agent, a real estate agent! Why? Because in major cities in Germany, it is nearly next to the impossible to find an apartment up for grabs if you don’t have an agent. More so, your German real estate agent has super powers that neither you nor your helpful friend or colleague has. Finding an apartment on your own can take months, but with the help of an agent, the time will be significantly reduced, just be prepared to pay up though.

Tip # 3 – You Have to Make Sure You Can Handle it Financially

Ah the fees. Lets see, if you found the apartment on your own, your vermieter may ask you for 2-3 months of kaution (see, you are already learning German here), plus a month’s rent. If you have an agent, be prepared to pay 1-2 months rent plus 19% vat apart from what you need to pay your vermieter. Take note that an unfurnished apartment does not have anything, not even lights or a sink, so that’s more punches to your bank account. Whew! Looking for an apartment in Germany will leave your wallet weeping for sure!

That’s it expats! The 3 tips when looking for an apartment in Germany. While it may seem that moving to Germany is a lot of work, you might be surprised at how much you might like the country. In fact, you may not want to go back to your home country after settling in. Cheers to your Germany Adventures!

Part of being an expat is of course buying furniture in Germany, and this is the source of woe and nightmare for many. Here, we have compiled a list of the top 5 Reasons Why You Will Hate Buying Furniture in Germany. Read an on enjoy this insider’s knowledge:

1. Delivery is from 2-6 months when buying furniture in Germany.

 

If you are someone who is used to buying furniture and getting out of the store with it, this is a near next to impossible thing in Germany. Usually, when buying furniture here, the furniture is made after you’ve placed your order. Yes, you got that right, most furniture are only made when someone orders them. This is why it takes at least 8 weeks for the simplest of pieces up to 6 months in the most extreme and difficult of pieces.

2. Buying furniture in Germany comes with a mix-up of sizes.

Not to complicate matters more but beds in Germany may not be the same size you are accustomed to at home. Often a king size in Germany is only a queen in any other country. The sizing mix-up can also be seen in cabinets, tables, and even the refrigerator and cars. Things are smaller in Germany compared to how things are in say, North America.

3. There is often no turning back when buying furniture in Germany.

Beware of the fine print folks! If in your home country you can cancel within a certain time after placing an order, it is not the same thing in Germany! There is almost no way to cancel, and if there is, the amount of paperwork and the fee you have to pay makes it not worth the trouble.

4. Refunds when buying furniture in Germany comes for a hefty price.

Ah refunding your money… Sounds good eh? Well, for refunds, you will be lucky if the store only asks you for 25% of the price of the product you wanted to buy. This applies even if you cancel just hours or the day after placing the order. And in case you have not paid yet? The furniture company will find a way to charge you a certain fee which would make you wish you just bought the furniture in the first place.

5. Buying furniture in Germany is very expensive.

It might be as expensive as Switzerland, but buying furniture in Germany is certainly expensive for those with a limited budget. Combined with the fact that you need to wait for a very long time before you’ll even get to use your furniture, wouldn’t it be wiser to look for other options like leasing furniture instead?

In case you still decided that you still wanted to buy your furniture in Germany, at least you would have an idea of the things that you’ll have to face. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Hamburg, Germany is definitely one of the must see stops when you are in the country. The vibe of the place, the sights and sounds, the history, and everything else makes for a great experience in Germany, be it for tourists or expats alike. So how do you know when you spent quite a bit of time in Hamburg? Read on and see what signs are starting to manifest in you.

You Know You Spent Time in Hamburg as an Expat When:

1.       You have started to think of beer as food. In fact, it replaced milk in your dictionary for being a complete food.

 

2.       You have memorized the bus and train times and can recite them even when you’re asleep.

3.       You have become obsessed about recycling. You also think this fact about Hamburg rocks.

4.       You become extremely worried when the train is a minute late.

5.       You have now gone semi FKK and thinks anyone who is not at least half naked at the beach is highly abnormal.

6.       You don’t say hello when answering a call anymore and have now started answering calls with a curt enunciation of your last name.

7.       You think making fun of Holland or the Netherlands is cute, especially about football.

8.       You start thinking anyone below 25 with a baby is way too young, in fact, you practically view them as children too after staying in Hamburg.

9.       You now take the question “how are you?” seriously. You feel that you need to give the asker a thorough run-down of your mental health.

10.   You start thinking that someone who smiles is rude.

11.   You also start getting suspicious when someone is smiling at you.

12.   You’ve also begun thinking that anyone who smiles is either a tourist, an American, insane, or an insane American tourist.

13.   You now develop an obsession into defeating Bavaria at any sport.

14.   You’ve begun thinking that all psychics should be octopi.

15.   You start thinking that anyone who says sorry is a tourist, and not just any tourist, a weird, rude tourist.

16.   You have ceased to think football exists, it is now soccer.

17.   You think winter is a year- long affair and you’re even carry a mini ice scraper together with your mobile phone.

18.   You have become a full carnivore, eating meat at all 3 main meals of the day.

19.   You think it is normal to ride a Mercedes every day.

20.   You have begun having jager with every meal. In fact, 8 glasses a day ceased to refer to water, to you, it now refers to jager.

21.   You have become a stickler for rules and live life as straight as a ruler.

22.   You now have highlighters and a ruler whenever you read, and yes, even for porn.

23.   You have become accustomed to people bumping at you on the train station and now thinks it is your civic responsibility to do the same.

24.   You now think it is normal for children to drink beer and smoke cigarettes.

25.   You now think that a guy who wears waterproof mascara are cool.

There you have it, the 25 Signs to Know You Spent Time in Hamburg as an Expat. If you are manifesting more than half of what is listed here, then you might be turning into a Hamburg native! Enjoy your adventures in Germany and bookmark this site for more Germany Adventures and Hamburg tales.