Decoding your Reference Letter in Germany (Arbeitszeugnis)

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Do you know that there are hidden meanings behind each sentence in your reference letter in Germany which can be translated to a rating? How can you decode your reference letter and improve the wordings so that you will be seen more positively by your future employers? In this post, I will talk about the reference letter system in Germany, how you can decode your reference letter and why it is important to do so. Continue reading “Decoding your Reference Letter in Germany (Arbeitszeugnis)”

Insurance in Germany – Which one do you need?

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When living in Germany, be prepared to hear people talking about insurance all the time. You can always find insurance to insure anything you want. Germans are very organized people. They plan for the unexpected and like to have everything covered and feel safe. This is something I struggled to understand when I first moved to Germany. In this post, I will describe why Germans are so into insurance, the most common types of insurance in Germany and why you need them. Continue reading “Insurance in Germany – Which one do you need?”

Marriage in Germany

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Are you planning to get married to your German partner? Are you thinking about where you should get married? Do you want to have your marriage in Germany, or back in your home town, or both? When I got married a few years ago, I went through the same struggle. I am from Hong Kong, and my husband is from Germany. In the end, we decided to get married not in Hong Kong, not in Germany, but in New Zealand! In this post, I am going to tell you why, and also what you should know about marriage in Germany. Continue reading “Marriage in Germany”

Driving in Germany – German driving license and driving rules

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What should you expect if you are driving in Germany or if you plan to get a German driving license? Even though I had a Hong Kong driving license, I still had to go through the theory and practical driving exam in Germany to exchange for the German driving license. In this post, I will share my experience of how I got my German driving license, and what I learned about driving in Germany. Continue reading “Driving in Germany – German driving license and driving rules”

Living in Germany – Big City vs. Small Town

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I grew up in Hong Kong, a city with a population of more than 7 million people. During my studies, I have lived in other big cities like Prague and Berlin. I was so used to live in big cities that I thought I could never live in a small town. Some years ago, I decided to move to a small town in Germany with less than 50,000 people due to my internship. Before moving there, I was worried that living in a small town would be very boring and inconvenient. Surprisingly, I was not bored at all and fell in love completely with this town. Ever since then, I think I can never live in a big city again. Continue reading “Living in Germany – Big City vs. Small Town”