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Moving to Germany: 5-Step-Relocation-Plan

If you’re moving to Germany, we are aware of how extensive the whole relocation process can be. Don’t worry! Our partners from DONATH Moving & Relocation count on specialists that will assist you by providing their best moving and relocation services. They will support you and ensure that the entire move goes smoothly while you can focus fully on your job and your new workplace.

Step 1: Finding a good moving company

As an expat, it might be difficult to decide which moving company is the most appropriate for you. It is important that you don’t only compare prices, but you also make sure that it offers all the high-quality services that you will need during the move. DONATH Moving & Relocation created a super useful checklist for expats to help you find the best moving company. Download it here to find out the 5 steps that you should follow in your search!

Step 2: Being well prepared

When moving to a new residence, there is a wide range of time-consuming tasks that you must take care of: home search, rental agreement, school and kindergarten search (if you have children), preparation of visa application, formalities and administrative paperwork, integration of the family, all questions relating to pets, etc.. The DONATH relocation experts would gladly assist you with these tasks for the perfect preparation of your stay while you can concentrate on your new professional challenge.

Step 3: Packing your household goods

We recommend to only use a professional moving company for your move to Germany. They have the knowhow how to pack and load an overseas container and give you advice on how to ensure your household goods.

Your personal belongings you should pack up yourself and set them aside. Valuables, keys, documents and passports are best packed in a separate bag that you keep with you at all times and transport yourself. This way, you won’t have to spend hours looking for the things that you desperately need for the first night in your new home (charger, towels, bed linen, fresh clothes, etc.).

Step 4: Moving day

Don´t forget taking a day off work on your moving day. If you’re going to bring your children to Germany with you, it might be better that your relatives or friends take care of them during the moving day. Moreover, do not forget to put aside your personal belongings and to bring all the necessary drinks and snacks to keep your energy up during the day. The moving crew would also be happy to have a cup of coffee or a refreshing non-alcoholic drink.

Step 5: Arriving in Germany

Congratulations, you’ve made it to your new residence!

It’s a good feeling when you know your way around your new place of residence straight away and can also be confident that everything has been taken care of. But don’t forget: When you move to a new house, you need to inform a lot of institutions about your new address (the registration office, your bank, your insurance company, etc.).

Any questions left? Do not hesitate to get in touch with our partners at DONATH Moving & Relocation. You will not regret it!

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Life Coaching

Life Coaching: Finding the Right Coaching & Coach

Often we are in situations in which we do not feel well and would like to change something. But we don’t know how and what we can really change. Is it the job, the boss, the life situation, the friend or other external circumstances? This is the point where a Life Coach could step in. In this article our partner Brigitte Goletz, Personal and Business Coach, will give you useful information about what coaching is and how to find the right coach for you.

Finding the Right Coach

Finding a good coach is not that easy: there are many coaches on the market and the quality of the coach is not immediately recognizable because there is no uniform education. Apart from the professional education of the coach, it must also fit personally.

A good relationship with the coach is one of the most important things in coaching, so every client should take the time to make a phone call to see if the coach fits him or her personally. Professional quality characteristics can be training at a recognized institute, references to already (successfully) conducted coachings, membership in an association as well as certification.

Usually, coaches offer free initial phone sessions. Sessions are often 60-90 minutes long, depending on the arrangement. In a coaching session, a coach guides the client in formulating goals for the concern and in achieving the goal, using tools that are helpful in achieving the goal. Often 5-6 appointments are enough for this.

When Can Coaching Be Useful?

Occasions for personal coaching can be:

  • You are stuck in your structures and can’t move forward.
  • You feel that your life is difficult and you wish for more lightness.
  • You want to give your life a different direction, but you don’t know the way.
  • Your midlife does not have to mean a midlife crisis: Where do you want to go and what do you still want to achieve?
  • How do I deal with life interruptions? For example, with a separation, illness or losses?

Occasions for business coaching can be:

  • Self-awareness: Where are your strengths? How can you best contribute to your job?
  • Compatibility: How do you achieve a balance between professional demands and private wishes and goals?
  • You feel like a victim of mobbing
  • You are dissatisfied in your job and need support in changing jobs
  • You would like to find a job that suits you better
  • New position: You would like to strengthen your leadership skills

Choose Yourself

We are all strongly influenced by our childhood caregivers and our culture. This influence has left us with fixed patterns of behavior and used to give us orientation and the necessary affection from our parents.

Today, they can sometimes be a hindrance and lead to undesirable thinking, feeling and behavior. And then we do not feel comfortable in some situations.

Life coaching is a way to personal freedom and development. In a coaching session you can gain new perspectives, recognize and understand patterns and attitudes, formulate goals and start on the path to achieving them. What is still standing in your way? Start now!

Do You Have Any Further Questions?

„My first contact with coaching was when I was a coaching client myself. My wish was to free myself from old restrictive patterns. The experience of feeling freer and stronger afterwards fascinated me so much that I became intensively involved with the subject of coaching and then did the training to become a personal and business coach.“, Brigitte Goletz.

Get in Touch

On Project Expat: https://project-expat.com/vendors/ms-brigitte-goletz/
Web: https://personalcoaching.koeln/
Phone: 0221-98656707
Mail: info@personalcoaching.koeln

Cologne City Guide

Home Is Where the Dom Is – Cologne City Guide

Home is where the Dom is – that’s what the people of Cologne say about their city. Few Germans are as proud of their city as the people living in Cologne. Germany’s fourth largest city with over 1 million inhabitants is characterized by its location on the Rhine and, of course, the Cologne Cathedral, which you can see from almost all over the city. In addition, there is the fifth season, the carnival, which dominates the city life between November and February.

Living in Cologne

Cologne, or Kölle as the locals say, is not only Germany’s fourth largest city, but also a very special metropolis. Those who decide to move to this beautiful, unique city should be prepared to get to know a special place with extraordinary people. Et hätt noch jot jejange – it has always gone well so far – means no less than the following: What went well yesterday will go well today. Every Jeck is different. Which means as much as: Every fool is different. Exercising tolerance and forbearance towards the other in the knowledge of one’s own imperfection characterizes the life of the people of Cologne, just like the local dialect in general. This attitude makes it easy for foreigners in particular to gain a foothold in this city.

The people of Cologne are extremely fun-loving and have a mischievous streak. For example, the city is divided into left and right of the Rhine. The left side is the so-called good side, while the right side, the Schäl Sick how it is called, symbolizes the bad because that’s where the poorer people lived. Today, of course, this is no longer the case and you can find apartments and beautiful neighborhoods on both sides of the city.

Must Visits

One of the hippest neighborhoods in Cologne is the Belgian Quarter. There you will find the Aachener Straße, one of the most popular streets in the city, with chic cafes and trendy stores. The locals also call it the heart of Cologne. It is multicultural and reflects the cosmopolitanism of the Rhinelanders.

At the same time as being cosmopolitan, the people of Cologne are rooted in their traditions. The numerous breweries, which also characterize the image of the city, offer both the traditional Kölsch (a special type of beer), as well as traditional dishes, which are usually served by the so-called Köbesse (semi-friendly waiters). But with time, you get used to them.

Cologne is an exciting city, especially for those with an interest in the field of media. Several TV stations are based here, so there are lots of interesting jobs in this industry in particular. Of course, Cologne also offers perspective jobs in other areas.

Cologne does not have to hide culturally either – the most impressive sight is the Cologne Cathedral. Today, it is hard to believe that the Cologne Cathedral in its current form was only completed in 1880. Its architecturally uniform image and quite weathered face make it appear older than most parts actually are. Construction of the Cologne Cathedral began in 1248, and after the presumed relics of the Magi were brought to Cologne from Milan in the 12th century, Cologne developed into a highly frequented pilgrimage site. The old cathedral, which had been standing since 870, was no longer able to cope with the crowds. The style of the new cathedral was to be French Gothic. The cathedrals of Amiens, Paris and Strasbourg served as models.

Museum Ludwig and Roman-Germanic Museum

Not far from the Cologne Cathedral are two of the city’s best-known museums: the Museum Ludwig, dedicated to 20th and 21st century art, and the Roman-Germanic Museum, dedicated to the archaeological history of Cologne. With its extensive Pop Art collection and the third largest Picasso collection in the world, as well as numerous Expressionist, New Objectivity and Russian Avant-garde paintings, the Museum Ludwig is one of the most important art museums in the world and one of the best Cologne sights in the old town.

No less interesting is the Roman-Germanic Museum. On more than 4,500 square meters of exhibition space, you can discover the Roman city history of Cologne.

One of the most diverse sights in Cologne is the Old Town, located in the city center. Not only are the best Cologne sights located here, all within comfortable walking distance from each other, but the city center also stands out for its unique houses, gastronomic and cultural scene and wide shopping offer. Especially famous are the Old Market, Hohe Straße and Schildergasse.

The most famous of the seven Rhine bridges is the Hohenzollern Bridge. Built between 1907 and 1911 to replace the increasingly overloaded Cathedral Bridge, it was the only one of the Rhine bridges in Cologne that was not destroyed by bombs during World War II. The Wehrmacht preferred to do that itself, to make it harder for Allied troops to cross the Rhine. After the war, they rebuilt it as a railroad and pedestrian bridge only. Cars have no access here. However, what the Hohenzollern Bridge is most known for are the love locks, which now number over 500,000. The bridge is one of the main attractions in Cologne for couples.

The Fifth Season: Carnival in Cologne

If you plan on living in Cologne, you can’t miss the fifth season. Carnival, or Shrovetide, has a long tradition in the Rhineland, which can be traced back to the Middle Ages and had a peak especially in the early modern period. Even then, people dressed up and performed carnival games. Today, carnival is associated primarily with costumes, carnival speeches and the Rose Monday parade. The “fifth season” begins every year on 11.11. when at 11:11 a.m. in the old town, accompanied by carnival music, the “Cologne Triumvirate” is introduced. However, it then still takes a while until the world-famous street carnival begins. It is not until the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, Women’s Carnival (which is usually sometime in February) that the big party actually begins. Then, the first big carnival celebrations take place and the streets are filled with revellers and party animals.

But be warned: Men should be careful when visiting the Weiberfastnacht. It is customary for women to cut off men’s neckties!

Public Transportation

The public transport network in Cologne is well established. The streetcars in Cologne also become the subway on many routes. This efficient and comfortable transport system in Cologne has 34 subway stations and 11 different lines. The trains in Cologne are also called S-Bahn (urban railroad), which is also very well developed with its 5 lines. The S-Bahn trains almost all stop at the stations of the Deutsche Bahn and the different Park&Ride parking lots on the outskirts of the city. In addition, there are about 50 bus lines that travel throughout the city. Thus, living in Cologne can be easily managed without a car. In addition, there is the airport Cologne/Bonn “Konrad Adenauer”. It is an international commercial airport in Cologne, located 12 km from the center of Cologne and 16 km from the center of Bonn.

Cologne’s Culinary Culture

Living in Cologne has something to offer for everyone in terms of cuisine. Be it the numerous breweries, the traditional dishes such as Himmel und Äd, (heaven and earth) a traditional dish of mashed potatoes mixed with apple pieces. Often “Himmel und Erde” is served together with bratwurst, bacon and roasted onions, but also with fried liver sausage or black pudding.

There is also international cuisine in Cologne, from sushi to French to Creole. This selection of restaurants reflects the openness and internationality of the city, which makes it easy to settle down and start a new life in Germany.

We hope this city guide has been helpful to you in getting a better picture of what living in Cologne is like. Should you visit or make this beautiful city your home, we wish you all the best!