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Brain Dump : Groceries in Germany

Food is one of those central things to life. It is pretty low on the hierarchy of needs. We gotta eat. Sometimes though, this oh so basic thing can get really confusing and complicated when it comes to living in another country, even one as modern as Germany. So here is pretty much everything I…

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Five Ways I Deal with a Fear of Flight

I have written a number of things over the past few years about being afraid of flying. The blog name of Grounded Traveler echos to that as well. I do now fly when I must. It is not at all my favorite activity, but I do it so I can see things and visit people…

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Brain Dump : Health Insurance in Germany

This is what we have learned from experiences and asking questions related to our situation around health insurance in Germany. Definitely ask your own questions, but this might give you a basis of understanding. Laws change and every situation is different, as such I make no guarantees for this info. Health Insurance Requirement In Germany,…

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German Efficiency is an Illusion

One of the oft mentioned hallmarks of the German culture is its efficiency. After living here for 6 years, I think this is an illusion. The illusion is not malicious or even intended. It is just a misinterpretation. German society is based on planning and setting expectations. This gives an air of efficiency and proper…

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Guide to Experiencing a German Christmas Market

European summers are well known for wine festivals and partaking in local parties is one of the joys of travel. Winter (at least up until Christmas) is the time for Christmas Markets. This is especially true in Germany, though they are extending across Europe. For those that have not had the chance, here is a…

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German is an exacting Language

Ragging on the German language is hip. Though it has been hip for several hundred years (looking at you Mark Twain). It is not lyrical or even friendly in its tone and can come off very harsh almost rude. Many of the linguistic constructs seem to make little to no sense, especially to English speakers.…

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Taking it slow versus Seeing things properly

I heard this idea in the kitchen of our hostel, that you should “see Nice properly.” As in, see the sights of the town and get a feel of the place (I am making my own description, but it seems reasonable, right?) This is actually an admirable goal and sentiment. When there are so many…