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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Cologne, Germany
Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
I moved to go on an adventure. I had no great expectations. What I had was the needed experience in Aerosapce after 5 years with Boeing. I was single and had no ties, so it was easy to leave. As a child, my family moved around and I spent 4 years in the 70s in Puerto Rico. This was a main reason why I decided to go. That and I grew up watching Soccer Made in Germany on PBS. So, I can say I expected to play a lot of soccer! (Continue)
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Do you speak enough German to be able to settle down here in Germany? How well do you know the German system to allow you to settle down here? What did you do in Boeing? and what college degree do you have? The unemployment rate in Germany is very high, so how did you as a foreigner land a job with a German company? This also implies you can read and write German fairly well. Do you? Are you a white/European AMerican?
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Expat Report Culture Shock in Cologne, Germany was published
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Slow down and don't worry it wont last too long, either you will adjust or move back home. One or the other is inevitable. (Continue)
Expat Report Info about Multicultural Women's Group of Cologne in Cologne, Germany was published
Describe your group.
Our group offers weekly meetings for female Germans and Expats, with physical exercise and discussions about various subjects. In addition, there are picknicks, excursions, sightseeing tours or we go to the movies or the theatre together and we also already went on a weekend trip together. (Continue)
Expat Report Info about MEETIN COLOGNE in Cologne, Germany was published
Describe your group.
The MEETinCOLOGNE group's primary focus is to provide a relaxed, 'non-pickup-scene' social environment for people to enjoy without paying membership fees. If you just moved to Cologne or if you have lived here for a while, this group can be a great way to meet new people in the area. Join us for happy hours, camping, hiking, clubbing, art gallery tours, barbecues, ski trips and many other social events around the Cologne area. is 100% free and 100% volunteers. (Continue)
Expat Report Living in Cologne, Germany was published
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Newcomers to Cologne will probably find the easiest way to make friends is to attend some sort of course at the Volkshochschule (adult education) located near Neumarkt. German courses are good ways to meet people, but not necessarily Germans. The announcement boards at the university (located at Albertus-Magnus-Platz) are a good place to put up notices for Stammtische (regular meetings in pubs and cafes). (Continue)
Expat Report Info about American Women's Club of Cologne in Cologne, Germany was published
Describe your group.
AWCC provides the opportunity to make new friends in both the English-speaking community and the host community through various cultural and social activities. Our membership includes American women who have made their lives in Germany, American women who are here for short or extended stays, and English-speaking women from a variety of different countries. (Continue)

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