BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

Right.

Where to even start?

As you might know, and everyone else on the planet, my country aka England, otherwise known as the UK!!?§#!!

Will be leaving the European Union (EU) on March 29th, 2019.

With perhaps a two weeks grace and a new date on October 31st (Halloween) – previously April 12th, (to think of a different Brexit plan) if the withdrawal agreement is rejected by MPs’ in the House of Commons in a few days.

In a few days!

That is, THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE – BREXIT DAY!

Or in the unlikely event that our Prime Minister – Theresa May – does win the support of the Commons when the Brexit deal goes to MPs’ in a few days, then the UK will continue to be an EU member state until May 22nd 2019, to allow necessary withdrawal legislation to be passed.

BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do! Brexit ©AFP

And what a soap opera we’ve found ourselves in!

And why?

Why?

BREXIT!

Article 50 & Brexit in the UK. Everything you need to know! ©Claudio Cadei – CartoonMovement

You know, that time when we triggered that awful document, otherwise known as Article 50, and found ourselves on the road to drifting apart from the EU because we wanted to rule and govern ourselves away from the European tyrant of Brussels.

Oh wait!

We haven’t actually done that.

Now that Brexit & Article 50 has been triggered, as an island nation. We’re out. Alone.

What we have done is to show the world how ridiculous the whole thing is, how utterly clueless we are about what Brexit actually means and how we’ve reduced ourselves to not the Great Britain – the land of fairness, truth and civilised common sense – that we all love and know, but it’s buffoon of an uncle – David Cameron – and the out-of-touch mad aunt – Theresa May – and have become the laughing-stock of our European cousins who are utterly baffled as to why Brexit is even happening.

Brexit! At first, it was quite funny!

At first, it was quite funny.

Brexit! I’m livid with anger and sadness!

Until it wasn’t.

Many people’s lives are affected by Brexit and everything it entails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even I was affected!

After the very disappointing result of the Brexit Referendum in 2016, many of my fellow British citizens began to wonder whether the discussions and talks would lead to a better understanding of British / European relations, or a hardline stance.

Should I be British or European? Can’t I be both!

Luckily, I had the foresight to listen to my instinct and apply for British-German dual nationality just a mere three months after the Referendum took place!

How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!

In fact, as a Brit Abroad albeit a British-German Expat myself, I literally have to explain Brexit to my German friends, colleagues, neighbours, the casual passer-by, and the German press, each and every day!

I literally have to explain Brexit to the German press, each & every day!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner & Kay S. Abaño [www.kayabano.com]
Talking to the German press at Sputnik Kino, for Die rbb Reporter in Berlin!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner / Kay S. Abaño [www.kayabano.com]

Here’s where I talk about it on Die rbb Reporter | rbb – Briten in Berlin und Brandenburg – Deutscher Pass statt Brexit-Chaos or Brits in Berlin and Brandenburg – German passport instead of Brexit-Chaos.

Recording was at the British Shorts Film Festival that took place at the Sputnik Kino in Berlin.

The film is in German, but there’s a possibility to subtitle it, and I guess you can use Google to translate it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was also in the German newspaper – Der Tagesspiegel – (Berlin-Brexit Stories #2 on 15th January 2019 – 17:56), as well as on TV!

If you want to know about Britain, Brexit and British Expats in Berlin / Germany, follow the links indicated.

Let’s Remain! ©John Keeble/Getty Images – AP

And you know what?

Nobody knows why we even have Brexit.

Even worse.

Nobody knows what’s going to happen!

I mean.

NOBODY!

I certainly don’t!

Do you?

I practically live on Twitter these days and the Deal or No Deal palaver is a chaotic mess.

Most importantly, it’s awful and scary for the 100,000+ British expats who live in Germany, the 1.5 million+ British expats who live in Europe, and the 3 million+ European expats who live in the UK.

If you speak / understand German, watch the video below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And let’s not even get into the issue of Northern Ireland, otherwise known as the border that separates Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, or better still the Backstop!

Let’s not go there!

Watch this video instead!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regardless, of what has happened, I’m still a very proud British person.

There is no doubt in my mind that regardless of the dismal politics, I love both England – my original birth country, and Germany – my adoptive new country, and I don’t see why I should have to choose, as I have spent a lot of my life and money, in both.

In fact, I’ve written about both how to be British and how to be a German.

And, I’m not alone!

Put the kettle on. We’re going to be here all day! How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

Basically, I can be both British and German, and to effectively have the best of both worlds!

And while the UK is still in the EU, I certainly can!

And if you fit all the criteria, so can you.

Click here for all the details on how to be a German and on how you can apply for dual citizenship, if you’re British and live in Germany!

If you’re British, & have the opportunity to apply for European citizenship anywhere in the EU, do so as quickly as possible! ©Dr. Meddy – The Cartoon Movement

Now for British citizens living on the European continent, and European citizens living in the UK, what’s next, is a constant worry, and I attend many a meeting, press sessions and network groups, on this very question.

If you are British, and have the opportunity to apply for European citizenship anywhere in the EU, do so as quickly as possible as the clock is ticking, and even though there might be an extension on March 29th, April 12th, May 22nd, or even October 31st, those dates will be upon us sooner than you or anyone else anticipated, and then it will be too late.

If you’re a British national of Irish descent or anybody born in Northern Ireland, you have the right to acquire Irish citizenship, so if there’s a whiff of Irishness in your ancestral tree, go and get it!

I can’t tell you what to do and where to choose, but I can give you some simple tips and guidelines as to how to apply for German citizenship, if you’re British.

If you’re not going down that road, read on:

WHAT DO I DO IF I’M BRITISH AND HAVE NO WAY TO OBTAIN DUAL CITIZENSHIP, PERMANENT RESIDENCE OR ANY OTHER THING?

I’m not a lawyer, so you should seek legal advice!

Don’t panic! Here’s what to do!

Before we go any further, let me make it clear that I am not a lawyer, so if you need legal advice, go ahead and contact an expert specialised in naturalisation / citizenship matters. This post is based on information that was personally sent to me by the British Embassy in Berlin, the updates for British citizens living in Germany / British citizens who live in the EU / other parts of Europe, and my personal experience as a British Expat in Berlin. I assume no liability for the accuracy of the enclosed data.

Right, now that’s out of the way, let’s go on.

BRITAIN IS LEAVING THE EU – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Brexit! Britain is leaving the EU – What you need to know!

There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Germany while the UK remains in the EU.

While the government continues to negotiate EU Exit, you should:

VISAS AND RESIDENCY:

You need your passport if you want to live in Germany & you must register within 14 days of arrival if you want to stay longer than 3 months!

You must register at your local Einwohnermeldeamt (registration office) within 14 days of arrival if you are staying in Germany for more than 3 months.

In some places the Einwohnermeldeamt is known as the Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR), Bürgerbüro or Bürgeramt. When you change address in Germany you must deregister from your old address and register at your new one.

  • An overview of all Einwohnermeldeämter is available here
  • The UK and EU have agreed the full legal text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement in principle. The agreement on citizens’ rights would allow UK nationals to stay in their Member State of residence after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019
  • The German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community published a website with information for UK nationals in Germany on 21 December 2018
  • In all EU Exit scenarios, UK nationals living in Germany will need to apply for a residence permit from their local Foreigners Authority (Ausländerbehörde).
  • Some Foreigners Authority Offices are already planning a procedure for voluntary registration/application before the UK’s exit from the EU
  • Read guidance on German Foreigners Authorities

FOR BRITISH CITIZENS WHO LIVE IN BERLIN, PLEASE READ!!

Love conquers all. We had controlled rent, but we didn’t have a bathroom in Berlin!

According to the Berlin Foreigners Authority, up to 8,000 of approximately 18,000 UK nationals living in Berlin, have registered with them online. This is the first step of the application process for a residence permit, which all UK nationals in Berlin will need to acquire after the UK has left the EU.

  • If you are a British citizen and also hold the citizenship of any EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you DO NOT need to make an application
  • If you are a British citizen or live with a British family member, you must register
  • No additional documents are required at the moment
  • Online registration and application submission is free of charge
  • There will be a fee after your application has been processed
  • Everyone who has registered via the online application form will be contacted and invited for an appointment from April 2019 onwards
  • Should the UK’s departure from the EU be stopped, all data gathered by the Berlin Foreigners Registration Office on the online form will be deleted immediately
  • NOTE: After completing your online registration you must save a copy of the confirmation and print it out. This confirmation serves as proof of your registration and your lawful residence in the territory of Germany. Don’t forget!
  • Print it out!
Bring along all your documentation! How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

APPLYING FOR GERMAN-DUAL CITIZENSHIP:

  • If you would like to apply for German dual citizenship, please read my article on how to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Dual Nationality first!
  • Here are the official conditions to apply for German citizenship
  • In the UK, there are no restrictions on dual nationality however, Germany only allows dual nationality in exceptional cases, including for EU citizens. According to the draft national Brexit law, in a deal scenario, UK nationals who have applied for German naturalisation and fulfilled all conditions before the end of the implementation period (31 December 2020), would not have to give up their UK nationality in order to obtain German nationality. Phew!
  • In addition, as part of it’s no deal preparations, the German cabinet on 12 December 2018, adopted a draft Social Security Transition Brexit law, which would ensure that any UK national who has applied before 29 March 2019 for German citizenship and met all conditions on that day, but whose application has not been processed yet, would still be able to retain his or her UK nationality when accepting German nationality
  • After the transitional period, it is likely that any UK Citizen who applies for German citizenship will not be able to retain their dual citizenship, and will then have to choose one or the other
  • Get on it with it then, and quickly!

HEALTHCARE:

BREXIT and healthcare! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!
  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019, your access to healthcare is likely to change. The NHS has more information about healthcare for UK nationals living in and visiting Germany
  • The UK government has or is seeking agreements with countries, including Germany, on healthcare arrangements for UK nationals after 29 March 2019
  • The Federal Ministry Labour and Social Affairs has detailed information about German social security, including health insurance. This document details out the different health insurance systems, who is insured and for which treatment
  • If you are resident in Germany, you must register with a Krankenkasse (health insurance company) – in the usual way through your employer – to access healthcare
  • You can choose to be either state insured (gesetzliche Krankenversicherung) or privately insured (private Krankenversicherung), if your income allows it
  • All employees are allowed to choose their own health insurance provider. You can also ask your employer’s HR department for healthcare information
  • You can find information about English-speaking doctors in Germany in the link
  • You should also check your prescriptions are legal in Germany

  • Up to 29 March 2019, you should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC. Your UK-issued EHIC, will be valid only until 29 March 2019
  • If you plan to visit Germany on or after 29 March 2019, you should continue to buy travel insurance for the health treatment you may need, as you would for any non-EU country

S1 FORM – HEALTHCARE PAID FOR BY THE UK:

BREXIT and healthcare! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!
  • You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Germany and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit
  • You will need an S1 form. You can apply for one by calling +44 (0)191 218 1999
  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, your S1 form may no longer be recognised after 29 March 2019. The German government has prepared a Brexit social security law, which would come into effect in this case. In addition, seeking private insurance also remains an option

WORKING IN GERMANY:

BREXIT! – Working in Germany! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!
  • If you are employed by the German civil service as a Beamte/r, you will need permission to continue your employment after the UK has left the EU. Please see this change to the law governing civil servants and contact your employer
  • If you live abroad and require a Police Certificate from the UK, apply to the ACRO Criminal Records Office
  • A German criminal record check (Führungszeugnis) can be ordered from the local registry office (Meldebehörde). This will be sent directly from the German Ministry of Justice

EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

I’m an MA graduate from the University of Chester. Whoopee!
  • In a no-deal Brexit scenario, if you are a student or trainee receiving a support loan in Germany (BAföG) you can still receive the loan until the end of the course, as long as the course started before 30 March 2019. Contact the Federal Ministry for Education and Research for more information.
  • The European Commission has published guidance on professional qualifications
  • Where UK nationals have already been recognised by an EU country as holding valid professional qualifications, this will remain valid after the UK leaves the EU. The Commission has advised holders of qualifications obtained in the UK before the UK leaves the EU to obtain recognition in a EU27 Member State before 29 March 2019
  • Find information on where to request a recognition of your qualifications in Germany
  • For more information read studying in the European Union after Brexit

MONEY AND TAXES:

How I got scammed in Berlin!

The UK’s exit from the European Union will not change existing double taxation arrangements for UK nationals living in Germany. The UK has a double-taxation agreement with Germany to ensure people do not pay tax on the same income in both countries.

PENSIONS:

BREXIT & Pensions! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

The UK Government will continue to pay state pension, child benefits, and disability benefits to eligible UK nationals in the EU after the UK’s exit from the EU.

SOCIAL INSURANCE / BENEFITS:

BREXIT & Social Insurance / Benefits! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

You might be entitled to German benefits, including:

DRIVING IN GERMANY:

BREXIT & Driving in Germany! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

Holders of UK driving licences who are resident in an EU country should exchange their UK licences for a driving licence from the EU country they are living in before 29 March 2019.

VOTING:

BREXIT & Voting! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

I don’t know about you, but the civil right to vote is so important.

But once the UK leaves the EU, UK nationals will no longer be eligible to vote in local and European elections. The UK pushed hard in negotiations for the right to stand and vote in local elections for UK nationals living in the EU, and EU citizens in the UK, but they will not form part of the Withdrawal Agreement.

PASSPORTS:

A British passport will still be valid as a document. @Reuters

The rules of travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.

  • Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months remaining from your date of travel
  • If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. These extra months will not count towards this, so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel

RETURNING TO THE UK:

Article 50 & Brexit in the UK. Everything you need to know! ©AFP / Getty Images

If you get utterly fed up and decide to return to live in the UK permanently, and it’s not a crime to do so, it’s important you tell the German authorities.

  • You must deregister with your local Einwohnermeldeamt (registration office)
  • You must inform your health insurance (Krankenkasse) of your move
  • You must inform your bank and other financial services
  • You must let local service providers know
  • To move your pension back to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre
  • You will also need to contact the pension services in Germany

SOME VERY IMPORTANT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

If you want to be a German, ask more questions! How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

I’M BRITISH AND I LIVE IN GERMANY. SERIOUSLY, WHAT NOW?

The Tall Young Gentleman and the Boy Scouts of America – Troop 46 – Berlin. Having German, British, American & French dual citizenships / double nationalities, works just fine!

If the Withdrawal Agreement is implemented, a 21-month transitional period will begin once the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. The transitional period will end on 31 December 2020. During this transitional period the UK will in principle, be treated like a member state of the European Union thus, EU rules on freedom of movement will continue to apply during this period.

WHAT HAPPENS IF BRITAIN LEAVES WITHOUT A DEAL?

 

 

 

 

 

In the event of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, no British citizen of course, will be required to immediately leave Germany.

Germany is planning to implement a three-month transitional period, which may be extended. During this period all British citizens who are entitled to freedom of movement within the EU and their family members will be able to continue to live and work in Germany as before, without a residence permit.

However, in order to be able to stay in the long-term, all British citizens will be required, before the end of the transitional period, to apply to the competent foreigners’ authority for a residence permit and, if they have not already done so, to register with the registration authority at their place of residence. They have permission to stay in Germany while their application is being processed.

I HAVE A BRITISH PASSPORT, CAN I STILL TRAVEL THROUGH EUROPE WITHOUT A VISA, AFTER BREXIT?

Get a train ticket and travel through Europe!

Umm!

It depends!

The European Commission has proposed granting British citizens visa-free travel to the EU for short stays (of up to 90 days in any 180-day period) that is, on the condition that the UK grants visa-free travel for all EU citizens too.

However.

If there is still No-Deal, British tourists face having to apply for a visa at a cost of up to €60 or £52, to visit most of mainland Europe!

This might come to pass if UK citizens wish to enter the Schengen area because of heated discussions mired in a dispute with Spain over whether the British overseas territory Gibraltar could be described as a “colony” or not!

If no solution can be found, the UK will be left in legal limbo as it is not on the list of countries where a visa is required to visit the EU, nor on a list of countries with an exemption!

It could mean UK citizens heading to Europe for Easter having to pay for a Schengen visa or be left waiting for a bilateral deal.

In a tit-for-tat move, EU citizens coming to the UK would face a similar scheme. Further down the line, the EU is proposing an electronic visa waiver system valid for three years at €7.

There is still the issue of how travellers will be treated when they arrive in Europe.

As of now, Portugal is the only EU state so far that has said it will create a third lane at airport passport control to speed Brits through. Without a deal, British visitors face having to queue with all other non-EU passport holders.

I HAVE GERMAN AND BRITISH CITIZENSHIP. DO I HAVE TO GIVE ONE OF THEM UP?

I love both England – my original birth country, and Germany – my adoptive new country, and I don’t see why I should have to choose! ©Reuters

Nope!

As a German citizen you are naturally permitted to reside in Germany without a residence permit. Even if you are a citizen of another EU member state, you are still entitled to freedom of movement. And that does not mean that you have to give up your British citizenship.

I’D LIKE TO STUDY IN THE UK. WHAT RULES WILL APPLY TO ME?

An English Education – The misadventures of a post-graduate student at the University of Chester.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs’ has information supplied by Wales, Northern Ireland, England and Scotland about the possible consequences the UK leaving the EU will have, as regards to tuition fees and student finance for students from EU member states wishing to study in the UK.

There is no further information as of now.

WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO DO AN ERASMUS SEMESTER IN THE UK AFTER BREXIT?

If you’re an Erasmus student, you can travel even cheaper!

At this point in time it is still impossible to say whether the UK will stay in the Erasmus+ Programme and what the UK’s future status will be. That will all depend on the outcome of the withdrawal negotiations between the EU and the UK.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ORDERLY AND A DISORDERLY BREXIT?

BREXIT! March for your rights!

Aha!

On 29 March 2017, the British Prime Minister – Theresa May – notified the European Council of the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the European Union. This launched the official process of the UK’s exit from the EU, including negotiations on a withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK.

There are two very different possible scenarios:

If a withdrawal agreement is ratified, then a transitional period will enter into force, ending on 31 December 2020. During this transitional period, the UK would continue to comply with EU rules and pay its financial contributions to Brussels. However, the UK would no longer be represented in any of the EU’s bodies.

After the end of the transitional period, new rules would govern the UK’s relationship with the EU.

On 15 January 2019, the British Government failed to win a vote in the House of Commons on the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, this means that the British Parliament has not agreed to the deal currently on the table.

If no withdrawal agreement is ratified (hard Brexit / no-deal Brexit), the UK will automatically cease to be a member of the EU.

As of 30 March 2019 (two years after triggering Article 50 to launch the Brexit process), the EU would have to treat the UK as a third country and the EU rulebook (“acquis”) would no longer apply to the UK.

This would have wide-ranging consequences for citizens, businesses and public administration. The UK would no longer be part of the European Single Market and would have to trade under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules instead.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY APPLICATION FOR NATURALISATION?

Oh no! I’ve got to do the Naturalisation Test, & learn stuff!

Applicants who file an application for naturalisation before the date on which the UK leaves the EU but who do not receive a decision until after Brexit, are to retain their previous German or British nationality if they have fulfilled all the other criteria before the Brexit date. Multiple nationality will be accepted in such cases.

WILL AIRLINES IN THE UK STILL BE ABLE TO FLY TO GERMANY? AND WILL GERMAN AIRLINES BE ALLOWED TO FLY TO THE UK?

Ryanair – A no-frills budget airline. Is it worth the plunge?

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK will automatically leave the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) on the day it leaves the EU. Discussions are currently being held on what measures can be taken to avoid the resulting disruption to air traffic.

In December 2018, the European Commission put forward a proposal for a regulation which grants British airlines air traffic rights for flights from the UK to the EU and vice versa – up until 30 March 2020. The condition being that the UK grants European airlines the same rights. Consultations on the proposal are still ongoing in the EU.

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WHAT’S THE “BACKSTOP” THAT EVERYONE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT, IN A VERY WORRIED WAY?

 

 

The backstop is a fall-back solution in the event that, after the UK leaves the EU and the transition period ends, no solution can be found by which to avoid a hard border between the Republic of Ireland (an EU member state) and Northern Ireland (part of the UK).

The backstop agreement (officially the Northern Ireland Protocol) is intended to protect the Good Friday Agreement, which brought peace to Ireland after The Troubles.

Up until 1998, the British part of Ireland was ravaged by the bloody Northern Ireland conflict. The signing of the Good Friday Agreement, 20+ years ago, marked the end of that conflict.

Reconciliation between the conflicting parties was also helped by the fact that European integration meant that the border between the British and Irish EU partners ceased to be of relevance.

With the UK’s exit from the EU, the question has arisen as to what to do about this in order to avoid a return to a “hard border” on the island.

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR THE UK TO EVER REJOIN THE EU?

BREXIT! The UK can ALWAYS rejoin the EU. But it won’t be easy!

Of course!

However, under Article 50 paragraph 5 of the Treaty on European Union, Britain would be subject to the very long and complex procedure for joining the EU.

And each and every EU member state would have to agree to the UK rejoining the EU once again!

Oops!

I’m exhausted.

That’s it for now!

See you in Berlin!

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BREXIT! DON’T PANIC IF YOU’RE BRITISH & LIVE IN GERMANY. HERE’S WHAT TO DO!

BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

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BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

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BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!
  • Are you British? What does Brexit mean to you?
  • Do you want to be a German citizen?
  • Are you looking to change nationalities because of Brexit?
  • Have you applied for Double Nationality / Dual Citizenship, or are you going the whole hog?
  • How has Brexit affected you as a British person living in the EU?

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How I went to 8 exciting countries, went to India, lost my luggage & got trapped and confused in Delhi!

How I went to 8 exciting countries, went to India, lost my luggage & got trapped and confused in Delhi!

Happy New Year everyone.

It’s officially 2019!!!!!

My goodness!

2018 was a very good year!

But first, let’s take a walk down memory lane of all the countries that I went to last year, and what I did. According to my statistics, over 120,000 people read my blog in some form or other, last year.

120,000 people!!

I don’t know how I managed that as in most cases I only managed to write one (1) or two (2) articles per month!

And why pray?

Because I started a new job!

And the job itself includes quite a bit of travelling too.

However, it’s really exciting, and I like it very much!

To think I only started this blog a little over five (5) years ago. Isn’t that marvellous?

I would just like to thank some very important people – YOU!

Thank you so much for reading, making comment, and sticking with me. I love you all!

So let’s do this.

Here we go!

THE 8 COUNTRIES THAT I WENT TO LAST YEAR WERE:

  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Sweden
  • Romania
  • Germany
  • India

BELGIUM:

Have you ever been to Bruges. In Belgium!

I love travelling with our son, and even though he’s 16 now (gulp), it won’t be long until he’ll want to be travelling with his friends.

In Northern European countries that age tends to be between 16 and 17 years old, as young people are more independent, and their parents liberal, tolerant, and open-minded.

In that wise, every January, The Tall Young Gentleman and I, spend some quality time together either visiting some dubious destination, or skiing!

This time around, I decided to take him to Bruges.

In Belgium.

But did I tell you that I flew there.

Via a budget airline.

And not just any airline mind you.

But Ryanair!

Gulp!

Ryanair – A no-frills budget airline. Is it worth the plunge?

Belgium has had trouble with terrorism in the last few years, as have many other European countries, but it’s a developed country, with an advanced high-income economy, very high standards of living, friendly locals, interesting food, and is relatively safe and peaceful!

Having said that, Belgium has seen the flourishing of major artistic movements that have had great influence on European art and culture, with architecture and paintings being especially astounding, and historically relevant.

Mussels served with a huge bowl of frites, chips or fries!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Bruges – Jan 2018

One of those places is Bruges.

We had a lovely time!

Here’s what I wrote:

THE CZECH REPUBLIC:

Staroměstská – Old Town – Happy Birthday to me! Victoria in Prague
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Czech Republic – December 2018

I love going to the Czech Republic.

Especially Prague!

After all, once upon a time, I used to live there!

Not only that, but I went to the Czech Republic this year, not just once, but twice!

Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec – Ossuary – Kutná Hora

I went to a little place called Kutná Hora!

Kutná Hora otherwise known as Hory Kutné or Kuttenberg is a city in Bohemia and is famous for it’s silver mines and the Sedlec Abbey – which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, – otherwise known as the Church of Bones!

Last year, there was so much going on last year that I forgot to write about ’em. Oops!

I did push out photos and videos on Facebook & Twitter.

If you don’t want to miss out, follow me on Twitter here!

In front of Charles Bridge – Karlův Most – Happy Birthday to me! Victoria in Prague
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Czech Republic – December 2018

Here’s what I wrote previously…

Explore Hansa with me!
5 enchanting Hanseatic cities from Sweden, Estonia and Latvia!

Last summer was extremely busy.

And why?

I went on a media trip to Sweden, Estonia AND Latvia!

Quite frankly, they really need no introduction because I have written extensively about them before, but if you’re here for the very first time or simply need a reminder, here are the articles I wrote previously.

Phew!

ESTONIA:

Explore your taste buds & create an inspiring gastronomical experience on the HANSA Culinary Trip!

Here’s what I wrote:

LATVIA:

Explore HANSA at Pils krodziņš Pils Ķēķis in Valmiera – Latvia!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Latvia – August 2018

Here’s what I wrote:

SWEDEN:

Explore HANSA with me on the island of Visby in Gotland for Medieval Week in Sweden!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Sweden – August 2018

Here’s what I wrote:

WHY DID VICTORIA GO TO SWEDEN, ESTONIA AND LATVIA?

A first time beginners’ guide to the ITB Berlin: 10 tips to help you prepare. Bam!

Well, you all know how I love going to the ITB Berlin – the international tourism trade fair, otherwise known as the Internationale Tourismus-Börse!

And for those of you who don’t know, the ITB Berlin represents B2B, hotels, tourists boards, tour operators and providers, airlines, transport operators, responsible travel organisers, information technology experts, social media bloggers, and anybody else interested in travel and tourism.

It’s also the world’s leading travel industry think tank, in which the convention trade fair establishes itself as the industry’s main knowledge platform, with top-notch presentations on global trends, travel innovations and path-breaking events for the entire tourism industry!

Happy bloggers at ITB Berlin – ©Natalie Deduck – Loveandroad.com

It’s one of the highlights of my year, and one of the places that I tend to meet contacts and plan where I’m going to travel to during that year, or the following one.

In fact, my first media trip ever, was sent to me by the virtue that I was chatting to a media person from Atout France – the France Tourism Development Agency!

My first press or FAM trip ever to Nord-Pas de Calais otherwise known as, Northern France!

I didn’t know that at the time, but she was so impressed, that she sent me a FAM Trip invitation to Nord-Pas de Calais.

I thought I was going to Normandy!

Haw! Haw!

I was the only press / blogger person there.

And well as the only British person too!

I had a fantastic time!

Reindeer in Finland.

A year after, I met another contact who invited me to use their sailing cruises. I didn’t have the time to sail extensively, but I did use the services of TALLINK SLJA LINE to cross from Estonia to Finland.

A Swedish hotdog in Stockholm – Sweden!

A year later, that very same person invited me to fly to Sweden and do a couple more cruises. I still wasn’t able to go since the timing wasn’t right, but she introduced me to a contact from Visit Stockholm instead, and before you knew it, both The Tall Young Gentleman and I were in Stockholm for the very first time!

Is it any wonder that this year, someone else reached out and invited me to a very interesting event, so interesting in fact, that how could I refuse?

The event in question was called Explore Hansa!

Explore HANSA

WHAT IS EXPLORE HANSA?

Explore Hansa is a partner project consisting of nine (9) small and enchanting Hanseatic cities from Sweden (Visby), Estonia (Pernau and Viljandi) and Latvia (Cēsis, Koknese, Kuldīga, Limbaži, Straupe and Valmiera), but due to a lack of time, we were only able to visit five (5)!

I went on the THE CULINARY TRIP route that went through Viljandi (Estonia) – Valmiera (Latvia) – Cēsis (Latvia) – Koknese (Latvia) and Visby (Sweden), to explore one’s taste buds of seasonal local produce and create an inspiring gastronomical experience

Aha!

You can guess which one I chose!

What an event!

Exciting stuff!

Yeah!

ROMANIA:

I went to Romania. It didn’t wow me!

I bet you weren’t expecting this!

I won’t apologise for it!

When coming to The British Berliner, you expect a clear description of the places that I travel to, and my thoughts.

And that is exactly what I gave you!

I said it didn’t tickle my fancy!

I stated that I simply wasn’t overwhelmed.

Or fascinated.

And sad to say.

I wasn’t even impressed.

I’m yet to find when it ever became a crime to like everywhere.

You just can’t!

So, what happened?

Romania – A blend of European history, with distinct reminders of a socialist past!

Here’s what I wrote:

GERMANY:

How I got scammed in Berlin!

This blog.

My blog.

The British Berliner

Has been in existence for over five (5) years.

My first ever blog post was in late October 2013, and what a post!

I’m still getting comments and hate mail about it, and why is that so?

28 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Berlin, I’ll never let you go!

Well, check it out for yourself and tell me what you think.

In fact, why not make your own comment. And the title of said piece – Germany is Boring! 

Oops!

If only people would actually read things…

Ah well!

Berlin – very British – rbb

The fact is, I’ve been living in Germany for over 16 years. Yes, 16 years!

Gulp!

Who would have thought that not only would I be living in this wonderful city – Berlin, but I would be married to a German bloke to boot!

If anyone had told me this years ago, I would have laughed in their face!

The Music Producer at Piccadilly Gardens – The Northern Quarter – Manchester

And even though I’m British, and I’ve been living here as an expat for years, it never gets old. In fact, I still feel as if I’ve only just got here!

We’re not leaving!

I’m a very proud British person.

There is no doubt in my mind that regardless of the dismal politics, I love both England – my original birth country, and Germany – my adoptive new country, and I don’t see why I should have to choose, as I have spent a lot of my life and money, in both.

In fact, I’ve written about both how to be British and how to be a German.

And, I’m not alone!

Should I be British or European? Can’t I be both!

However, after the very disappointing result of the Brexit Referendum in 2016, many of my fellow British citizens began to wonder whether the discussions and talks would lead to a better understanding of British / European relations, or a hardline stance.

Indeed, I even told a reporter of the Bloomberg newspaper that the only way you would get me out of this country, would be kicking and screaming!

But the writing on the wall was crystal clear, that British – European relations was not going to get better anytime soon, but effectively worse.

So at the end of 2016, I changed my mind, and decided to apply for dual-nationality.

Basically, I want to be both British and German, and to effectively have the best of both worlds!

And while the UK is still in the EU, I certainly can!

The Tall Young Gentleman and the Boy Scouts of America – Troop 46 – Berlin. Having German, British, American & French dual citizenships / double nationalities, works just fine!
At least, I got a tiny Naturalisation/ Einbürgerungs pledge ceremony & was full of smiles by the time I got outside the Bezirksamt Pankow von Berlin – Pankow Town Hall!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – Berlin – The British Berliner

Yes!

It happened!

OMG!

So there you have it.

I’m a real British – German now!

Here are the following posts I wrote about Germany:

How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!
I bet you wouldn’t mind calling this sexy hot German guy!

GERMAN CULTURE:

BERLIN CULTURE:

The British Berliner is 5 years old. Hurrah! Let’s jump up and down and scream!

BERLIN:

Oh yeaaaah! Berlin baby! I’ve been living here as an expat for 16 years. I know Berlin that’s why I am The British Berliner! So without further delay, here are the lovely posts that I wrote in 2018 just for you:

INDIA:

When the airline lost my luggage on the flight to India – Incredible India!

I went to India!

I’ve been to India before.

And I thought I was prepared.

Haw! Haw!

But I wasn’t ‘cos we were tested before we even landed, when the airline lost our luggage!

Perhaps India has changed!

And for those of you who are over 30 (ahem!).

This blog and the next couple of months weeks, is for you.

India isn’t easy, but if you want to go there.

You can!

If you’re really nervous, I offer a consultancy, and can help you organise or advice you on many parts of your trip to India!

For more info, click here!

Here’s what I wrote:

EXCITING NEWS! I’ve been invited to the Royal Wedding Reception of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle! AND. I’ve got a new job!

Here are the posts that I wrote about Britain, being a British expat, and the United Kingdom as a whole, or where I was featured for 2018:

I didn’t do too badly, me thinks!

OTHER STUFF!

Me being thoughtful during a Live TV broadcast in Germany, and looking as if I’m about to sing!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I’m going to be on TV again!

It’s going to be in connection with Brexit and British Expats in Berlin / Germany.

And recording will be at the British Shorts Film Festival taking place at the Sputnik Kino in Berlin from 17.01.19 – 23.01.19. I’ll be there all evening , so if you’re in town, come by and have your say.

The programme will be shown on – Die rbb Reporter | rbb on 20.02.19 at 21:00

 

Exit vom Brexit – Wir sind die neuen Germans! / Exit from Brexit. We are the new Germans!
The British Berliner BAMS I – ©Axel Springer

The work of a lifestyle, expat, travel blogger is never done, so I’ll leave with you with some of my most inspiring motivational posts!

The British Berliner is 5 years old. Hurrah! Let’s jump up and down and scream!
And while we’re at it – 7 other common travel scams to avoid!
How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!
I’m a big advocate for smart travel and that includes safety and security.
TBEX @travellingcolognian.com
How I went to 8 exciting countries, went to India, lost my luggage & got trapped and confused in Delhi!

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For how to start your own blog, click here, how to protect your family and possessions when you travel, click here, how to book hotels, hostels and apartments with reservations free of charge, click here.

If you need inspiration as to where to travel, click here. If you want to see my TV / media appearances, newspaper articles, and awards, click here.

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How I went to 8 exciting countries, went to India, lost my luggage & got trapped and confused in Delhi!

In short, I had a blast in 2018, and there’s many more exciting things about to start for me in 2019!

I love the life of the roving journalist and blogger about town.

I have a family and I have a life. Most importantly, I’ve already found my home-base – Berlin – and I’m extremely happy with where I am and who I am.

27 fantastic posts!

Thank you so much for your support everyone. 2018 was a great year. Here’s to the next.

Bottoms up!

I'm not really a beach person as I prefer mountains and rivers or beach destinations that have more than the sea to recommend them! Me at the Grotto in the Algarve!
I’m not really a beach person as I prefer mountains or beach destinations that have more than the sea to recommend them!

I have so much to say, so I will be sharing some of my travel destinations for 2019 with you very soon.

It”s a New Year. Hip! Hip! Hurrah!

How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!

If you want to be like me when you grow up – a well-respected smart British – German blogger, all you have to do is to get yourself a website host such as Blue Host, and open up the website of wordpress.com.

It’s really easy and can be done in all of 10 minutes!

Here’s a simple guide I wrote, about how to start a blog!

WordPress.com

Not only that, if you start a new blog in 2019 starting today, there’s an exclusive sale for 20% off WordPress.com!

For the 20% discount, use the coupon code. Click here!

  • Dates: Monday, January 14th – Monday, January 20th
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If you’re still having problems or would prefer a step-by-step live guide, I offer a personal consultancy which can be done in either English or German!

Speaking of languages, have you seen my language tab at the top of the page?

Now you can switch my post to any language you desire!

Nifty!

HOW I WENT TO 8 EXCITING COUNTRIES, WENT TO INDIA, LOST MY LUGGAGE & GOT TRAPPED AND CONFUSED IN DELHI IN 2018!

How I went to 8 exciting countries, went to India, lost my luggage & got trapped and confused in Delhi!

This article is not sponsored, and the enchanting countries that I visited in 2018, were all my very own!

I’m going to be on German TV again!

I went to Norway. Watch out for the details!

I’ll be continuing my How To Visit India posts later in the month!

I’ll be at the British Shorts Film Festival taking place between 17th – 23rd January. If you’re an aspiring film-maker submission is free of charge, so hurry!

I’ll be at Berlin Fashion Week taking place between 15th – 18th January.

I’ll be at the 69th Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival taking place between 7th – 17th January, 2019. If you want to attend or join in, registration is now open!

Save the Date!

I’ll be there. Will you?

If you’re not in Berlin in January, then where the hell are you?

January is going to be splendid!

See you soon!

How I went to 8 exciting countries, went to India, lost my luggage & got trapped and confused in Delhi!

Watch this space!

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A win-win for all!

Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.

I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

Let’s get ready for 2019!

Thanks a million!

How I went to 8 exciting countries, went to India, lost my luggage & got trapped and confused in Delhi!

Where did you travel to last year? Are there any particular posts that you enjoyed? Let me know in the comments below!

See you in Berlin.

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