Employment in Germany: The Arbeitsamt

What is the so-called “Arbeitsamt” and how can you benefit from it? By Elisa Stella of ELP-Expat: Expatriate Support Expats in Germany > Expat How-To Guides for Germany > Employment: The Arbeitsamt Germans commonly refer to their government-run employment service … Continue reading

ELP-Expat: Expatriate Support in Düsseldorf

ELP-Expat supports expatriates and their employers in the Düsseldorf, Germany region. We help facilitate the integration process related to: public authorities, translation, relocation, family services, job search, and cultural match. Who am I? I am Elisa Pugliese, trilingual in German, … Continue reading

My Düsseldorf

Introduction Elisa Pugliese (aka Elisa Stella) is an Italian-born expat living in Düsseldorf. Below she shares her personal guide to Düsseldorf: “My Düsseldorf.” Düsseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen), is a very livable city, ranked 6th in the Mercer … Continue reading

Alexander von Humboldt: Why Do We Find His Name All Around the Globe and Even on the Moon?

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf Let’s start at the beginning. There are several special reasons I wanted to read this new Humboldt biography. When I was still teaching German, my high school in … Continue reading

Elvis Presley in Germany

Elvis Presley as a US Soldier Stationed in West Germany: 1958-1960 When Elvis Presley walked off an army troop ship in Bremerhaven, West Germany on October 1, 1958, he was only 23 years old. It was his first (and only!) … Continue reading

Marlene Dietrich

Maria Magdalene Dietrich (1901-1992) • Film goddess and tarnished angel “The Germans and I no longer speak the same language.” — Marlene Dietrich in 1960 after a sometimes stormy reception in her native Germany. (Quoted in Blue Angel by Donald … Continue reading