Posts tagged with "post"



Random thoughts · 30. November 2018
The first time I saw Sheryl Sandberg was a few years ago on CNN. It was around 2 pm on a random Saturday afternoon. I remember sitting up, intrigued by her enthusiastic voice and her bubbly face. There was something about her. Something about her vulnerable demeanor and raspy voice that made it look like she was talking to me or people like me. “What do you tell people who might think that you are too privileged to understand the struggles of ordinary women?” The CNN anchor asked her. I...
Life in Germany · 14. November 2018
In the months of October and November every year, stories about the holocaust flood German media. I have for years followed these stories and every single time, my heart breaks into tiny pieces. It never becomes more bearable or easier to see the haunted eyes and the emaciated skeletal bodies of the victims of the Wehrmacht. I’m not sure what exactly drives me to watch or read these stories. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’m deeply aware that as a foreigner, I would have been high on the...
Life in Germany · 09. October 2018
Whenever people use the term shocking, I get the feeling that they are just trying to be dramatic. There really is no need to use the term shocking to describe anything that’s not life threatening let alone in a blog post headline like I was planning to do. My first headline had 'shocking' prominently displayed in it but after going through it, I had to admit to myself that there was not just a tinge of drama in it but a healthy dose of laziness. The following are things that you are unlikely...
Life in Germany · 01. October 2018
Important difference between East and West Germany that foreigners should always keep in mind
Life in Germany · 05. September 2018
The past two weeks in Germany have been dominated by demonstrations in the Eastern German city of Chemnitz. A male resident of Chemnitz was stabbed to death and two others fatally wounded. Two suspects, both asylum seekers, one from Iraq and a Syrian were arrested. The residents held a demo to mourn and protest. The next day, thousands of neo-Nazis held an even bigger demo to protest against ‘criminal foreigners’. I live about 500 km away from Chemnitz in the south western part of Germany...
Travels · 28. August 2018
Does one really have to go to Venice? This question doesn’t matter at this point seeing as I have just come back from Venice but it’s one that anyone thinking of going to Venice should probably ask themselves. On the 14th of August 2018, my husband and I and our two kids arrived in Venice. The decision to go to Venice was a culmination of curiosity and a need to visit what most people claim is one of the most amazing cities in the world. I was excited to go but on the day we arrived, it was...
31. March 2018
The most effective tactic of dealing with stereotypes.
20. February 2018
“The president will be here shortly!” The taxi driver told us looking into the distance. The president? We all wondered though none of us said anything. It was one of those moments, when you can clearly read everyone’s mind. We had booked a camel trip to the desert that was supposed to start at 2 pm. But at 2 pm, no one came. At 2.30 pm, this guy arrived. “I take you to the camels!” he had told us. We had jumped into his taxi relieved that he knew our names and the fact that we were...
27. November 2017
The fact is, Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world. What is also true is that it is an extremely challenging destination for non- German speaking foreigners. The main reason for this is, with the exception of the IT sector, it can be very difficult to get a well-paying job in most sectors in Germany if you are not fluent in German. The working language in the IT sector in Germany is predominantly English. All the software engineers I personally know are fluent in English. The...
19. September 2017
This is something I wondered about when I first moved to Germany. I imagine that it is a question that gives many of my fellow foreigners sleepless nights. Can one get a job in Germany when they are not fluent in German? The truth is, that German is not an easy language and there are many levels that one has to master before feeling half competent in it. If you somehow succeed in figuring out the random genders of trees, cows and books, you will still be pleasantly surprised to come across a...

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