Here’s a sampling of some of the questions I’ve been asked by readers over the years. I picked the ones that I think are most likely to pop into more than just one persons mind, or that were just odd. It was surprising to go back through all the emails and see how many there are!
I am a student working on a project on expats/Germany. Can you tell me about your experiences/fill out and/or publicize a survey for me?
Sorry. I have done this for people in the past and I have not once received a “thank you for your time” in reply. “Thanks in advance” is not really a thank you for taking the time to do this, it means “Please do this for me.” If you are working on a project and some one takes the time out to help you, sometimes hours of time, you should spend a minute to thank them for their time after the fact. Unfortunately, all the other people who did not thank me have poisoned the water for you. I am no longer going to respond to these kinds of emails. If you send one, I’m going to have to assume you haven’t even bothered to read this.
I am looking for X. I have found no website yet that ships to the US/Germany/my country. Do you know of any websites or stores (I am willing to call) that would ship to the US?
I probably don’t know of a place that ships X to the US, I never order from shops here to ship to the US. You’ll have more luck, I think, if you try contacting the manufacturer of X directly (through their website) and asking.
Can you proofread my book/design my site/critique my 1000+ photos… for free?
I’m a busy gal and can’t afford to give away my goods for free. Plus, none of those things are a specialty of mine, so I’d have to so no. If you want some statistical analysis done, and I have some time on my hands, we can negotiate a price, but other than that…
Do you know of any English speaking groups meeting in Regensburg?
Check out the Events and Meetups forum at Toytown Germany.
Are there World Markets in Germany?
Not that I’m aware of.
I’m moving to Germany and I’ve heard stories, but what is it really like for Asians in Germany?
I wish I could be totally reassuring to you, but it’s probably best that you come to Germany with your eyes wide open. I never felt like a minority in the US. I was just me. I’m very aware now that I am a minority, even when I go back to the US for a visit. Some Germans have issues with minorities, especially in the former East. Some younger Germans explained it to me that some of the older former East German residents see all Asians as refugees from Vietnam and because of this treat them badly. I was sometimes pretty miserable in the east, but have grown to love Germany now that I live in Bavaria.
About Moving to/Visiting Germany
I’m traveling to Germany soon, what should I see?
You will probably first want to search the web or go to your local bookstore or public library and browse through the travel guides for Germany. Find a site or book you like and read it. If, after that, you have specific questions about an area that I’ve lived (Berlin, Rostock, Potsdam, Regensburg), I’ll be happy to try and answer them.
I want to move to Germany. Am I going to have a terrible time with this? Is it feasible?
It really depends on the person. Not knowing you, there is no way I can give you an answer. But if you really want to do it, you probably will do fine. Read some blogs by Links page). That’ll give you an idea of the issues expats face. I am not a legal expert , so I am no help when it comes to knowing if it is feasible for you.(there’s mine and there are blogs by other expat on my
I am traveling with my family for the first time to Germany. Do you know about how one would travel between the airport and the Inn we will be staying at? Is it a easy thing to get a train or taxi from the airport?
It is no problem at all to get a taxi from the airport and there are usually public modes of transportation available as well.
About living in Germany
How can I find an English-speaking mother group in Germany?
Try googling for an “English-speaking parents group [your town]” or “Englischsprachige Eltern-Kind-Gruppe [your town]”. Look for flyers at your pediatrician’s office. Finally, listen for parents speaking English at local playgrounds and don’t be afraid to go up and ask them.
What is brand is Charmin in Germany? What toilet paper will I like?
Charmin is called Zewa here. Whether or not you will like it or any other toilet paper, I can’t say. I’ve never had a problem with toilet paper here. We use recycled toilet paper in our household.
Why didn’t you reply to my message?
There are a couple options:
- My spam filter got it and I haven’t gone through my spam folder yet or I didn’t see it in my quick scan. Sometimes it’s hard to pick out the 1-2 real emails out of 1000 spams. Especially if, like one guy who emailed me about a feminine hygiene campaign he wanted me to participate in on my parenting blog, the subject of your email is “Love your vajayjay.” There is no way I could suspect that was not spam.
- Between caring for a preschooler and a baby, I just haven’t had a chance – my to-do list could fill a book at this point and just seems to get longer every day.
- Your message was a little kooky/crazy/scary.
Do you speak Italian?
Nope, only English and German.
About the blog
I really like your blog and was wondering if you could put a link to mine on your site?
That’s a difficult one, as I can’t link to everyone out there, then my links would be pretty useless. I’m not currently working on the blog, either, so my links are out of date anyways.