About me

Having lived in Latvia for a while, Linda began to notice that the Latvians were, well, a little odd. Feeling like she was going mad, and that, perhaps, she was the only person who noticed this, she decided to start a blog to document her findings. Unfortunately for her, the Latvians were reading it too.

After being chased out of Latvia by pitch fork-wielding locals, Linda made her way to Berlin where she hoped to fit in with the natives a little better. She set herself the task of “becoming German” in 473,937,493 easy steps. However, now at the end of her second year, she realises that this number may have been a rather conservative estimate.

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  1. Hi Linda, my name is Charlie. I’m thinking about moving my family to Germany from the U.S. and everyone is basically telling me it’s almost impossible! I’m going to be reading through as much of your blog as possible to get some first hand ideas. Is there anything you would suggest to read or look into so I can establish residency in a few less than 500,000,000 steps!?! Hahah

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    1. Ha! Well, I’d say nothing is impossible 🙂 It might take a while and you might not have much hair left at the end of it, but you’ll do it! I found this website useful – http://www.settle-in-berlin.com/ – it’s called Settle in Berlin, but most of it works for all of Germany! There will always be things that surprise you though – and it’s probably more difficult as a US citizen so you should probably contact your embassy for a few pointers. I hope this helps a bit but keep in touch and keep reading 🙂 All the best, Linda.

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      1. It looks like my message double sent. Sorry about that. I’ve been looking into TEFL, do you think that would be a good path to get myself in the door and atleast establish residency for a year or 2? I live in Boston currently and there is a Cambridge endorsed school in my area (Thank you btw I found them from your blog) which is very affordable but I would have no teaching experience beyond that. I’m a mechanic by trade and would be switching back after establishing residency or possibly part time while teaching. I’m just trying to keep my options open and consider as many routes as possible. I’m like .00025 German so it has always been a dream of mine and I think it’s time to get out of the U.S. Hahah

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        1. I think it’s definitely a good way of getting your foot in the door! It’s how a lot of people do it – but you will need a certificate for Germany. I don’t think any school would take you without one. Being a mechanic here would be very difficult without German. You could come and teach for a while and get your German up to speed at the same time 🙂 You found the school through my blog? Don’t remember mentioning anything like that but then I ramble a lot 😉

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  2. Hi Linda, my name is Charlie. I’m thinking about moving my family to Germany from the U.S. and everyone is basically telling me it’s almost impossible! I’m going to be reading through as much of your blog as possible to get some first hand ideas. Is there anything you would suggest to read or look into so I can establish residency in a few less than 500,000,000 steps!?! Hahah

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    1. Heh heh 🙂 You’re right – I just can’t get enough of that stuff 😉 Thank you very much! Haven’t seen you round much lately, but I haven’t been around either so I guess that explains it 😉

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  3. Probably you are just teasing all those naive folks here who read your provocative stuff so they read more, but must say that it works.

    I enjoyed reading your memoirs, even you sometimes may seem bit of a b**ch, but nobody’s perfect.

    Hope Germany will start cracking first instead of you.

    😉

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  4. I thought I had lost you! I knew you were moving to Germany but didn’t realise you had changed your blog. So just re-discovered you again 🙂 Look forward to the German tales and travails. Hope you are enjoying it.

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  5. Hurrah! I found your blog over here at last! I’ve been missing your Latvian musings – am looking forward to hearing all about Berlin! I used to live in Germany – let me know if you ever fancy some travel tips! Viel Spass!xx

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        1. Thank you! I’m waiting to see if my friend is going to visit from Canada but it’s looking unlikely at this stage so either date should be OK! Get in touch a bit closer to the time and we’ll sort something out 🙂

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  6. what? That’s it? I followed you home from Aussa’s and I have read it all already? get crackin sister I am now living vicariously through you!

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