Vegan Nomads

Cost of living in Düsseldorf, Germany

Düsseldorf is a medium-sized German city with a population of 600K. It’s located in north-west Germany and had been voted as the #1 city for highest quality of life (now it’s Vienna), and is also the city with the highest amount of (income, not net worth) millionaires in Germany. I’ve only lived in Düsseldorf for
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German vs. American: Making promises

Germans tend to think that “Americans” (meaning anyone from North or South America) don’t always mean what they say.  I.e. we are unreliable or fake. Especially North Americans. A big example that Germans use is the “Hi, how are you?” example, because when we ask such a question, we aren’t reaaally interested in how someone is doing. We’re only interested
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Applying for permanent residency + I need to speak German!

Even though we’re leaving Germany soon, I’m still about to apply for my Niederlassungserlaubnis, aka unbefristete Aufenthaltserlaubnis, aka German permanent residency. Why? Because it’ll make things easier for us as a couple with different nationalities. Sometimes there are special visas that you can only apply for at your home/resident country. If we don’t share national residencies, we’ll
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Freelancing: Canada vs. Germany

Freelancing in Canada and freelancing in Germany are very different beasts. While I’ve just started freelancing in Germany this year, I freelanced in Canada for 2.5 years as a student. In both countries I operate(d) a sole proprietorship, which means I was working out of my own name. Tax numbers and other numbers Canada: Since
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I sold my wedding dress!

When we leave Germany, we only plan to take 2 carry-on knapsacks and our bikes. But living like minimalists while keeping 99% of our belongings in storage, is not something we want to do. That would be minimalist-cheating! Since my wedding dress would fill up an entire knapsack without much utility, I recently sold it! I also sold my
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How freelancing has changed our lives

8 months ago, I quit my full time job and decided to freelance. I was very nervous to quit, but needed a change because Martin and I were each commuting far distances in opposite directions. We were too stressed out and spending a small fortune on gas and train passes. The intent was that we would move close enough to Martin’s job
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7 things I will miss about Germany

Even though I wrote about how Germany isn’t the place for me, there are still many things I love and appreciate about living in Germany. Surely I will miss these points a lot when we move to Thailand in 5.5 months (the countdown begins!). 1. The German Spring and Summer time. It’s incredible here now. Definitely
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