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What to Do With Your Stuff If You're Moving Abroad

Last week I asked Lifehacker readers to share their most pressing questions about about moving abroad. More than a few of you wondered: What the heck are you supposed to do with your stuff if you want to move abroad? Read more...
Tags: Travel, Lifehacks, Expat, Live Abroad


How to Get a Visa to Live in Berlin

photos: Vismante Ruzgaite.  No matter how great their love for Berlin is, many non-EU expats agree that the visa process can be quite off-putting. Nevertheless, it’s a challenge that many of the most brilliant members of our community have to deal with. We’ve spoken to some of them – who also happen to be dear friends – and, basing on their personal experiences, we’ve put together a rough overview of the most common visa types.  While this article isn’t aimed at helping you navigate through ...
Tags: Fashion, Politics, Germany, Berlin, Eu, Stories, Expat, Visa, MFA, Goethe Institute, Bürgeramt, Foreigner


Today, I feel German: A reminder of sorts, for all the days I don’t.

Before I proceed, you should know that I am Black and a first-generation immigrant. Therefore, it is not completely lost on me that my feelings on this subject of identity will be met with resistance, disagreeing opinions and questions, all of which may emerge because “Today, I feel German” will be considered by many an atypical declaration. It is not every day a man who was born and raised at the heels of Mount Fako, Cameroon audaciously declares himself part of a giant colonialist nation, Germ...
Tags: Fashion, Identity, Germany, Berlin, People, German, Cameroon, Stories, Toni Morrison, Intégration, Expat, African, Humboldt, Berlin Kreuzberg, Dubois, Humboldt University


Studying in Berlin: 4 International Students Share Their Experience

Deciding to move away from your home country to study abroad can probably be one of the most difficult decisions in your life. Choosing the right city is not about spinning the globe with eyes closed and dropping a finger on a random destination. Unfortunately, the choice is way more complicated, and even if it is not easy to realize it at the very start, it can be literally life-changing. Sending applications to university in other countries means to gradually plan your future and to figure out...
Tags: Fashion, Japan, Greece, Education, Study, Berlin, US, People, University, Italy, Stories, Student, Istanbul, Alice, Expat, Michael


Can Berlin Change You (For The Better)?

One motif recurring in all kinds of Berlin-related memes is the metamorphosis one is supposed to go through after living in Berlin for a certain amount of time. The emphasis is usually on the stark contrast between the person’s initial chastity and beauty and the result of the transformation – most often symbolized by an ugly mess in some form. Well, memes may not be the most reliable source of information, but they’re almost like cliches in that ‘’it is a cliche that most cliches are true...
Tags: Fashion, Berlin, Change, Stories, Expat, Berlin Club Memes


An Expat’s Contemporary Pad in Mumbai is Decorated With What You Would Expect The Least.

Welcome to a home of neutrals and pleasant surprises at every turn. A healthy marriage of warm neutrals and controlled splashes of quirkiness and color. An expat calls this sprawling apartment in Mumbai his home. Designed by SwitchOver Studio, it is contemporary and minimalism at its best. There is nothing that stands out at first [...] Connect with "dress your home" on Facebook. The post An Expat’s Contemporary Pad in Mumbai is Decorated With What You Would Expect The Least. appeared first on...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Interiors, Mumbai, Contemporary, Interior Design, Expat, House tours


Living in Italy: How I Stay Healthy

The first wintery days are upon us and with them, the first sniffles. Inevitably, my interns are all sick and children in schools are sneezing all over the place. We are into the joys of the winter season, which includes battling bugs in our bodies, even when the mosquitoes outside haven’t died off yet (they seem to never fully go away, ugh!). For me, this is the time to make sure I stick to my healthy regimen at all costs, and luckily, living in Italy makes it pretty easy for me to do this. Rec...
Tags: Travel, Usa, UK, America, Chicago, Italy, Florence, Expat, Tuscany, San Marco, Expat Life, Arno, Prato, Italy Italy, Life in Italy, Georgette


15 of the Best Expat Blogs

Of all the entertaining varieties of travel blogs out there, there’s one category that sets itself apart in a way that I find most appealing – and that’s the expat blog. I’m a wannabe expat myself, so clearly that’s part of the draw for me, but I also think the way an expat approaches blogging is inherently different from any other travel blogger. In fact, many of them wouldn’t even consider themselves travel bloggers, and there’s a good reason for that.   It’s because they’re not.   Being an ex...
Tags: Travel, Japan, England, New York, Featured, France, India, Blogging, Rome, United States, Egypt, Morocco, Paris, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia


A love letter to my Berlin Friends who left the City!

I find it really hard to believe it, but November will mark my third year of living in Berlin. The whole thing started as an innocent fling, and then somehow turned into this pretty serious business including university exams and tax declarations. I’m still quite stunned as to when did this all happen. I’ve always aspired to a particular image of myself, carved out mostly by rock’n’roll lyrics, and when I came to Berlin, I decided to live that out loud. Accordingly, I have made my share of b...
Tags: Fashion, Berlin, David Bowie, Stories, Expat, Kreuzberg, Photoautomat, Sterni, Warschauer Straße You, Amanda Artiaga Life


Brazil: Travel And Music With Fiddler Andrew Finn Magill

Brazil. The name might bring to mind the Amazon, the jungles of South America, exotic wildlife. You might think of a different sort of wild life, the revelers who dance through the streets of Brazil’s cities at the time of Carnaval just before Lent begins. Maybe, on the other hand, it’s sport, from soccer to surf, that comes to mind. Perhaps, it’s the music: samba, bossa nova, choro, tropicalia. On his first visit to Brazil, Andrew Finn Magill recalls “just staring out the window at the colors. ...
Tags: Travel, Ireland, Encounters, World Music, Brazil, South America, North Carolina, Travel Tips, Expat, Composer, Kerry Projects, Fiddle, Portuguese, Carnaval, South American Travel, Latin America travel


From Digital Nomad to Expat – Putting Down Roots in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Eleven and a half years ago I set out to see the world. I was 54 years old at the time and had spent the last 36 years working at various jobs that had included, among other things, selling newspaper ads, managing a women’s department store, owning a public relations firm, and managing real estate franchises. At one point I even co-owned and operated a Sno-Cone kiosk in the largest water park in Puerto Rico! None of my jobs, or the comfortable lifestyle they afforded me, had ever... The pos...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Thailand, Expat, Puerto Rico, Cultural Travel, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, Digital Nomad, Chiang Mai Thailand, Sno Cone


Turning 33 – Reflections on Success, Travel, Generalism and Relationships

Thirty-three has rushed up on me.  This past year has been a mad-dash full of wonderful achievements, interesting challenges, some wonderful travel, and significant personal growth all paired with a number of areas where I had hoped to make headway but haven’t. As long-time readers know, every year I write a birthday post that contains general reflections, musings, and observations drawn from the previous year. I find myself significantly more centered than I was at 30, but also standing on the ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Career, Business, Life, Relationships, China, Love, US, Success, Birthday, David, Tips & Tricks, Beijing, Career Development, Denmark


Lived in Singapore too long

Singapore , the tiny red dot on a map which has become one of the richest countries in the world in a span of 30-40 years, has a unique blend of cultures. With 4 official languages, 3 recognized majority races, food from all the world, and unlimited convenience, living in Singapore implies you pick up a few habits that often might surprise others. Here are 21 signs that you have lived in Singapore for too long. 1. You find most Southeast Asian countries extremely affordable. Singapore constan...
Tags: Travel, China, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Starbucks, Expat, All, Living Abroad, Laksa Char Kway Teow, Johor Bahru, Asia Singapore, Roti Prata, Kopi O Kosong, Kopi Gao, Malaysia Yes Malaysia, Fine City


Staying in Love with Berlin

photo: Mike Kotsch You fell in love with Berlin, the vibrant party location that sometimes forgets it’s supposed to be a capital and acts like a huge open air techno festival instead. It felt good, so you thought you’d stay, taking your relationship with Berlin to the next level – calling it your home. But every single commitment drags along its gnarly twin – monotony. Now that you’ve dropped your anchor here, that morning glimpse of the Fernsehturm on your daily commute may not feel quite...
Tags: Home, Fashion, Berlin, Love, Inspiration, Relationship, Stories, Emotion, Expat, Berghain, Mike Kotsch, Flo Karr


5 Essential Things You Have to Know When You’re New in Berlin

illustrations: Berk Karaoglu Expats arrive in the city with varying levels of life experience and capacities to adapt. Everyone is anxious to speed up the initiation process and finally become a true Berliner, but few are aware that this noble title comes at a price. First off, you have to learn to live with extremely capricious Internet and the general reluctance to accept cash payment. But that’s merely the beginning. Mauerpark is Overpriced  Mauerpark might be an iconic Berlin instit...
Tags: Fashion, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Humor, Stories, Bike, Stereotypes, Expat, Berliner, Bureaucracy, Mauerpark, Steglitz, Defrost Berlin, Waldorf Frommer


Expat Living: Is It for You?

Expat living can be different than people think, and the author is an American who has lived in Israel for the past two years, tips on how to enjoy your expat experience and ways to get over... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Travel, Israel, Front Page, Middle East, Expat, Reflections, Alternative Travel


American habits lost in Argentina

Here are 15 American habits I kicked to the curb when I moved to Argentina. 1. Being offended if someone calls you overweight. They are genuinely concerned about your health and will tell you if you’re on the verge of becoming an unhealthy weight. 2. Thinking therapy was something to be embarrassed about. Argentina has the highest number of therapists per capita. Everyone is going to or has gone to therapy at some point in their life and no one is afraid to talk about it, literally. 3. Ta...
Tags: Travel, America, Argentina, Starbucks, Buenos Aires, Expat, All, Freddo, Argentina Culture, Argentine culture, Drinking Starbucks


How to navigate culture shock

The act of moving abroad is essentially a chaos of emotions attempting to follow a linear line. The start of the move is often filled with excitement and thrill but eventually, frustration and disappointment will force their way in. What you once found charming will take on the identity of annoyance, a reminder of the differences in your new place. This is called culture shock and it occurs in four stages. It happens to everyone, whether you want to admit it or not, but not everyone experience...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Budapest, Hungary, Expat, Culture Shock, All, Living Abroad, Pat, Moving overseas, Living Overseas, Life Overseas


So What? It’s Berlin!

It’s Monday, guys and you’re just rolling out the club heading straight to work not having changed or showered in 3 days. So what? It’s Berlin! This video by comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding hilariously mocks some of the biggest cliches of our outrages Berlin lifestyle. It’s so painfully true sometimes the only thing you can do is laugh at the absurdity. Probably the funniest Berlin video ever! But see for yourself.
Tags: Videos, Fashion, Comedy, Parody, Berlin, Humor, Expat, Expats, Hipster, Daniel Ryan Spaulding


7 fears that only expats understand

Becoming an expat is a thrilling experience. At least at first. The excitement of moving house to an entirely different country is like no other. The sounds, the smells, the sights… they are all new and intriguing. But as time goes on, excitement wanes and ominous questions start to creep into the back of your mind. Here are seven fears that only expats understand. 1. Will it all come to an abrupt end? Preparing to move abroad is a lot of work, and certainly an investment. I had to gather ma...
Tags: Travel, Living, Life, Expat, Expats, All, Expat Life, Living Overseas


How I “found myself” in Berlin

photos: Keith Telfeyan People say Berlin is a city of lost souls. You can feel the drifting energy, black-clad and disembodied, the streets at all hours full of ghosts and zombies… There’s a prevalent zeitgeist of Sisyphean searching. You can drink cheap beer all day, never opening your eyes beyond what is necessary to obey the crosswalk signs. You can cut off all contact, drift away into total obscurity. Berlin: where young people retire, or: How to disappear completely. Of course you can als...
Tags: Fashion, New York, Youtube, Berlin, America, Stories, Emotions, Expat, Emotional, Keith Telfeyan


Alienation and otherness as an expat

Not long after I moved to a tiny village of fewer than 500 inhabitants in the north of Iceland, I found myself sitting in a large auditorium with wood-paneled walls. There was a stage ahead of me, draped in fading, red felt curtains. This was Þorrablót, the annual Pagan festival that’s celebrated all across the country. The night’s festivities would include dinner and a show. I was sitting with my husband and his colleagues who included Edgar, a local scientist, and Jón and Dora, a couple who ...
Tags: Travel, Iceland, Expat, Narrative, All, Expat Life, Being An Expat, Dora, Jon, Edgar, Pagan, Adjusting To Expat Life, Skagaströnd


On loving home, even from far away

A flashback of the island happens sometimes when I’m not expecting it; a movie or a TV show, there will be a sudden establishing shot of sharp red cliffs with the ocean behind them, and I sit bolt upright. “I know where that is,” I say. It happens rarely, because who can afford to film in Prince Edward Island? It’s across a 14-km bridge from the mainland, with a winter population of around 140,000, almost a thousand of them Buddhists from the monastery outside Tea Hill. It snowed almost 18 fee...
Tags: Travel, Home, Island, Nova Scotia, Cavendish, Moving, Montreal, Expat, All, Living Abroad, Parks Canada, Anne, Islanders, Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown


Soul Searching Done Right: How to Actually Find Yourself in Berlin

I’m not really the quarrelsome type. I stand by what I believe in, but I’d never try forcing my spin on things upon you and I don’t mind exchanging thoughts with people that have different turns of mind. However, there’s this one declaration that invariably has the ‘’red rag to a bull’’ effect on me even on a small talk level. I usually kind of feel it coming, because my interlocutor’s eyes inadvertently betray exactly what mood has just crept into the conversation. It can start inconspicuously ...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Berlin, City, Stories, Emotions, Expat, Alanis Morisette, Berghain


Berlin Biting you in the Ass

photos: Tania Strauss My story is not different from anyone who has moved to Berlin and got stung by its venom. The venom is strong enough to infect you and leave you alive with its side effects, happily suffering. My friend describes it as “Berlin biting you in the ass”. This is quite accurate. You see a bite in the ass leaves a mark, a literal mark and a feeling. So does Berlin. I moved to Berlin exactly 300 days ago. Just writing this is making it even harder to believe. 300 days. That is t...
Tags: Photos, Photography, Fashion, Germany, Berlin, West, Brooklyn, Stories, Emotions, Street Photography, Expat, Mauerpark, Tania Strauss, East With, Tania Strauss Tania Strauss


Biggest regret when living abroad

I DID IT RIGHT. At first. I moved to Barcelona, Spain for four months my junior year of college and had the “true study abroad experience.” Partying, “studying,” traveling on the weekends — I basically did all the things that people who regret not studying abroad wish they had. So, the year after college, I made the decision to teach English in Madrid, Spain with the Auxiliares de Conversación program through the Spanish government. It was the perfect way to support myself abroad. And support my...
Tags: Travel, Europe, California, Spain, Expat, Narrative, All, Living Abroad, Madrid Spain, Barcelona Spain


A Message to Berlin

photos: Jan Rückert My dearest Berlin, you are loud, moody and exhausting. A city driven by hectic energy. But you are also calm. This is why we come from all around the world. We – the outsiders of norms. We – who love to go against the flow. And here with you we can be free. No cages, no bars. You are a city of freedom. I can’t think of a city that is more free. No rules, no limitations. In a strange way this was exhausting to me. Freedom can be overwhelming. A scorn to those who are ...
Tags: Photos, Fashion, Berlin, Love, Stories, Emotions, Letter, Hate, Expat, Marie, Jan Rückert


Dating in Berlin: Lost in Translation

illustrations: Berk Karaoglu Prior to moving to Berlin I never thought about how important language was when attempting to get to know someone better, particularly while dating. I always dated guys whose native language was English, American English at that. As if dating wasn’t confusing enough, try dating someone who doesn’t dream in the same damn language as you. It wasn’t until I started dating guys from around the world did I begin to understand how uncomfortable it felt not to be able to ...
Tags: Fashion, Berlin, Love, Dating, Language, Stories, Expat, Pete, Tempelhof, Kater, Berk Karaoglu Prior, Nicole Paulus, Berk Karaoglu Nicole Paulus, Maroush, Nico New Media


To You, a Berlin Newcomer

To You, brave adventurer who is in Berlin for the first time and who has left his comfort zone for a fresh new start and brand new experiences. Let’s assume you have managed to pass the test of finding a permanent home, one of the worst nightmares of all the new Berliners, have one or two acquaintances in the city (even if it is the son of your grandfather Julius’s cousin that you have never heard of before but know he has three Siamese cats) and have already planned on how to get a job or to go...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Berlin, Stories, Expat, Julius, Berghain, New Home, Matilde Velho Cabral Matilde Velho Cabral, Berlin Newcomer


Fresh Out the (Black) Box

Following the election, my Facebook feed lit up with threats of a #blaxit, which excited the hell out of me since I had #blaxited a few years prior. In 2013, I moved from New York City (Where Brooklyn At?) to Geneva, Switzerland, after my wife secured a position at an international organization. Four years later, we’ve settled into an idyllic life blocks away from Lake Geneva. I’ve learned some French (Bah, oui!), returned to practicing law, and our family now includes a cat and a daughter. For ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Featured, NYC, America, Blogging, Brooklyn, Switzerland, Brazil, Geneva, Lists, Abroad, Expat, Theory & Essay, Race & Politics, Blackness