If you are studying or working in Germany long term, you're going to end up going flat (British English!) hunting at some point after you arrive. While most apartment hunting checklist points are the same between the U.S. and Germany, there are some points which are more specific to Germany that are worth keeping an eye out for.Read More
Something as simple as writing a letter can't be that much different from how we do it in the U.S., can it be? Well, no, not terribly off, but enough that you can create a minor headache for yourself or the Deutsche Post work who has to process your package or card.Read More
Depending on the particular bill, or how your bank account is set up, the primary ways of paying bills in the U.S. fall under sending a check, direct deposits, or using a credit card. In Germany, your options are far more limited, and the actual payment itself is taken out of your hands.
For those used to twist off bottles and aluminum cans in the U.S., a near total lack of twist off bottles, and the frequency that everything from beer, to soda, to sometimes even juice comes in glass bottles can lead to a problem of the missing bottle opener. What are you to do if you find yourself without an actual bottle opener?Read More
Help! Call 911! ...But this is Germany and 911 doesn't (usually) work over here. What do you have to do to get some help around here?Read More
In the U.S. money or wire transfers are not the most common way to send money from one person to another. In Germany, unlike in the U.S., the idea of giving or sending someone a check doesn’t really exist. Bank transfers are universally used for everything from paying your bills, to signing up for services online (like Netflix), to small things like paying back a friend for a split purchase. There’s really not much to it.Read More