Recommendations by Jane


Books and Other Items for Expats and Travelers

In our German Way Store you’ll find books, DVDs, travel items, and other products related to living, working or traveling in Germany, Austria and German Switzerland. Below are the personal recommendations from Jane, one of our German Way Expat Bloggers.

Also see: Germany for Beginners: The German Way Expat Guidebook, co-edited by Jane Park. Publication date: spring 2016.

Note: Many of the books and products below are available from either Amazon.com (USA) or Amazon.de (Germany). Please choose the Amazon store that is best for your location.

Jane’s Guidebook Recommendations

The Franklin Speaking Language Translator

The Franklin Speaking Language Translator is one of Jane’s non-book tips. See below for more.

Also see: For Mom and Baby – Jane recommends books and products from Amazon.de, based on these German Way articles: Having a Baby in Germany: Prenatal Care and Having a Baby in Germany: Giving Birth.

SWITZERLAND

Swiss Life: Things I Wish I Had Known by Chantal Panozzo
With her trademark humor, Chantal Panozzo shares her evolution as an American transplant through all phases of withering and thriving as an expat in the extra clean cantons of Switzerland in 30 tightly written essays.
Swiss Life by Chantal Panozzo (Paperback, Amazon.com)
Swiss Life by Chantal Panozzo (Kindle edition, Amazon.com)
Swiss Life by Chantal Panozzo (Paperbook, Amazon.de)
Swiss Life by Chantal Panozzo (Kindle edition, Amazon.de)

Swiss Watching by Diccon Bewes

Swiss Watching is one of Jane’s non-fiction book tips.

Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and Money by Diccon Bewes
“We all know that Switzerland gave us the world of cuckoo clocks, triangular chocolate and penknives, but how about the Toilet Duck, Velcro and LSD? Europe’s landlocked island is a great subject for a cultural anthropologist and Bewes is a perfect guide.” – Financial Times
Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and Money by Diccon Bewes (Paperback, Amazon.com)
Swiss Watching by Diccon Bewes (Kindle edition, Amazon.com)
Swiss Watching by Diccon Bewes (Paperback, Amazon.de)
Swiss Watching by Diccon Bewes (Kindle edition, Amazon.de)

Slow Train to Switzerland: One Tour, Two Trips, 150 Years—and a World of Change Apart by Diccon Bewes
“In Slow Train to Switzerland, Diccon Bewes shows the ‘in the footsteps’ genre in a lighter form through a pioneering 1863 trip by the Junior United Alpine Club – seven English men and women whisked through the snowy peaks by Thomas Cook’s first organised tour of Helvetia. This adventure marked the beginning of the modern tourism industry. An amusing book not least because of the genteel comedy of manners of the English tourists is an offshoot of the fact that Switzerland to the Victorians was as threateningly exotic as Irian Jaya (West Papua New Guinea) is to us today.” –Lawrence Osborne, The New York Times Book Review
Slow Train to Switzerland (Paperbook, Amazon.com)
Slow Train to Switzerland (Kindle ebook, Amazon.com)
Slow Train to Switzerland (Paperback, Amazon.de)
Slow Train to Switzerland (Kindle ebook, Amazon.de)

Rick Steves’ Switzerland 2014
Another reliable and helpful travel guide from Rick Steves.
Rick Steves’ Switzerland 2014 (Paperback, Amazon.com)
Rick Steves’ Switzerland 2014 (Kindle ebook edition, Amazon.com)
Rick Steves’ Switzerland 2014 (Paperback, Amazon.de)
Rick Steves’ Switzerland 2014 (Kindle ebook edition, Amazon.de)

AUSTRIA

Rick Steves’ Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol 2015
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Vienna. With this guide, you’ll explore elegant Vienna–the epicenter of opera, coffee, Art Nouveau, and waltz music. Meander through Habsburg palaces and nibble a Sacher torte in a velvet-lined cafe. In the evening, catch a classical concert, or sip wine with the locals in a traditional Heuriger garden.
Rick Steves’ Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol 2015 (Paperback, Amazon.de)
Rick Steves’ Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol 2015 (Paperback, Amazon.com)

Jane’s Expat Book Recommendations

Raising Global Nomads by Robin Pascoe
Advice from someone who has been there and done that.
Raising Global Nomads (Paperback, from Amazon.com)
Raising Global Nomads (Paperback, from Amazon.de)

Third Culture Kids: Growing up among Worlds by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken
This book comes universally recommended. Luisa Weiss references this in her interview on the GW Expat Blog.
Third Culture Kids (Paperback from Amazon.com)
Third Culture Kids (Kindle edition from Amazon.com)
Third Culture Kids (Paperback from Amazon.de)
Third Culture Kids (Kindle edition from Amazon.de)

A Portable Identity: A Woman’s Guide to Maintaining a Sense of Self While Moving Overseas, Revised Edition by Debra R. Bryson and Charise M. Hoge
A workbook for women faced with having to reinvent themselves while living overseas, written by two former expatriate spouses who are also counselors. The book educates and empowers expatriate spouses to take charge of the changes in identity that occur during an international relocation.
A Portable Identity (Paperback, from Amazon.com)
A Portable Identity (Paperback, from Amazon.de)

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Germany – Culture Smart!

Germany – Culture Smart!
This slim cultural guide was in my briefcase when I started to travel to Germany for business.
Germany – Culture Smart! (Paperback, from Amazon.com)
Germany – Culture Smart! (Kindle ebook, from Amazon.com)
Germany – Culture Smart! (Paperback, from Amazon.de)
Germany – Culture Smart! (Kindle ebook, from Amazon.de)

GERMAN GRAMMAR

Klipp und Klar. Übungsgrammatik Grundstufe Deutsch in 99 Schritten/Ausgabe mit Lösungen – Neubearbeitung
I continue to refer to this book for a quick refresher of German grammar. The explanations are “klipp und klar” and you can can do the accompanying exercises to reinforce the lesson.
Klipp und Klar (Paperback, from Amazon.com)
Klipp und Klar (Paperback, from Amazon.de)

PONS Grammatik auf einen Blick Deutsch
Another handy reference while learning or simply writing German.
PONS Grammatik auf einen Blick (Paperback, from Amazon.com)
PONS Grammatik auf einen Blick (Paperback, from Amazon.de)

Jane’s Miscellaneous Recommendations

Sony camera

The compact Sony RX III Camera is ideal for travel.

Sony RX 100 III
This high quality compact camera will capture your travels and memories without lugging your DSLR everywhere with you. Recently reviewed in the FAZ newspaper.
Sony RX 100 III from Amazon.com
Sony RX 100 III from Amazon.de

Your Very Own Talking Translator
Franklin Speaking Language Translator from Amazon.de
Franklin Speaking Language Translator from Amazon.com
Jane: “I wish I had had this device while learning Korean many years ago!”

Jane’s SuggestionsKindle eBooks (Amazon.com)

COOKING

Crock PotSchmortopf
For a taste of home.
Crock Pot from Amazon.de

ELECTRICAL ADAPTERS

Adapter

Jane’s electrical tip for international travelers: this Satechi adapter and router.

Satechi Adapter and Router
Name a country and this device will be able to give you a lifeline, an electric one that is. This even has an optional router.
Satechi Adapter from Amazon.com
Satechi Adapter from Amazon.de

PlugBug World Adapter/Charger
Ideal for multiple Apple product users, this adapter/charger can recharge your laptop and other devices simultaneously and quickly.
PlugBug Adapter from Amazon.de
PlugBug Adapter from Amazon.com

Universal Travel Charger/Adapter
So many options out there, yet my husband, the consummate business traveler, thinks the older version of the universal charger works best.
eForCity Universal Adapter from Amazon.com

TRAVEL ITEMS

Inflatable Pillow Pagoda
The same travelling husband always travels with this pillow.
Inflatable Pillow from Amazon.com

Gold Toe Basic Compression Socks
He also always has several pairs of these compression socks for those long overseas flights.
Compression Socks from Amazon.com

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones
My husband swears by these. And when he puts them on his head while we are travelling with our three kids, I swear at him. These headphones work so well that he can’t hear me, but he can read my stink eye. If I ever get a pair, I’d get them in white.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones – Black from Amazon.com
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones – Black from Amazon.de
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones – White from Amazon.de

Simran AR 3000-Watt Stabilizer Transformer
Unable to part with your American electronics? This heavy duty voltage converter comes highly recommended by other expats with multiple appliances.
Simran Appliance Transformer from Amazon.com

L.L. Bean Adventure Rolling Duffle
For those annual (or less frequent) trips back home when we want to stock up on all that we’ve missed, we travel with two of these giant duffles. They come in a large variety of sizes and colors.
Rolling Duffle from Amazon.com

L.L. Bean Balanzza Sport Digital Scale
This scale is handy when you’ve stuffed all of your suitcases, including the new ones you had to buy, and need to make sure you haven’t gone over your luggage allowance weight.
L.L. Bean Balanzza Sport Digital Scale from Amazon.com

Funny Magnetic Build It Kits
There is a whole series and many themes (fairies, mermaids, robots, dinosaurs) for these magnet kits. You can choose one for your child and present it on a long translatlantic journey. We sometimes kept two of the sheets at home so as not to lose too many pieces in one go.
Funny Magnetic Build It Kit from Amazon.de
Funny Faces Magnetic Build It Kit from Amazon.com

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Films on DVD/Blu-ray

DVD

The Sound of Music DVD (German Region DVD)
Perhaps this is what planted a seed of Teutonic dreams in the first place.
The Sound of Music DVD from Amazon.de

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