Germany

Applying for German PR!

A few days ago I found out I passed my B1 German test!!! So all that stressing out I did about not passing was quatsch (as Martin would say!). Amazingly, I passed with a 98% spoken test, and 93% overall! That doesn’t really reflect my German abilities (I take good tests). But I’m just happy I passed. Phew!!!! Immediately
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Wanting to stay in Germany afterall

Martin and I are reeeaaally enjoying this new semi-retirement lifestyle! In fact, THIS is the type of life I’ve always wanted to live in Germany. And surprisingly, it’s making me want to stay put! This isn’t joke entry, though I feel like I’m writing one. 😛 We have an ideal setting at the moment. We live a
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Failed my B1 German test?

Yesterday was my B1 German test and everything went well, except the the speaking portion. 🙁 Martin thinks I’m being too hard on myself and that I probably did pass, but I didn’t leave the test feeling overly confident so it could go both ways. There isn’t a “fail” in the B1 test. It’s actually called the
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Gearing up to give Luna away :(

We’ve been looking after Luna for 5 months now! She’s our 4 year old, golden retriever mix foster dog. Being newbs to the dog foster program, we had no idea that we should start training Luna from the beginning. Luna looks a lot like my childhood dog Sandy (yellow lab) and Martin’s childhood dog Sally (Hovawart). So
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Long-term travel is running away

Long-term travel or moving abroad can get a bad rep sometimes. Like the person doing it is actually running away from something instead of dealing with whatever it is that haunts them. But is running away a bad thing? Life is short, so if there’s something bothering you that can be solved by a change of scenery,
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Speaking German at German parties

I’m now officially registered to take the B1 German test on July 1st! It’s important that I pass this test so that I can get my German permanent residency. Despite having lived in Germany for 5.5 years, my German still sucks. If I had to take the test tomorrow, I would fail. So I have to brush up on grammar
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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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