What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
If you don't look European, don't move here, come here for a visit is OK.
Although University education is inexpensive here, don't waste your time trying to get a degree here. The German university S-cks. (Continue)
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
I recommend joing a "fitness club". Joining a Gym is a good way of meeting new people; this mean that you would need to sign a contract, which in most cases automatically renews on a yearly basis. (Continue)
If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
I would have done things differently if I get to do it all over again. I would do my home work more thoroughly, like understanding the mental stages that I might have to go through. Although, if I know what I had to deal with, I most probably would not chosen to come here. Being able to understand and speak the local language is much more important than most expats think. I spoke simple german before I came here. There was a time when I regretted being able to understand the language. The down side is that if some people choose to insult me, I can't pretend that I am letting my imaginations run wild, that I am being oversensitive. However, I realised that speaking the local language does help me be more independent and if necessary, I could defend or protect myself.