Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What I Love About Living in.......................Erlangen!

Erlangen is a city of about 100,000 residents and many expats. It is about 20 minutes from Nürnberg.  Siemens is a major employer, and many people live there due to the proximity to the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. See the Wikipedia on Erlangen here. 

Name: Andi Hernandez
Hometown: Clarkston MI
Age: 30
Family Status: Married with one 3 year old boy
Occupation: Hair stylist and Make-up Artist
What brought you to Germany? My husband’s job
How long have you been here? Almost 5 years
How did you settle on Erlangen? My husband works in Erlangen and we decided not to get a car so we wanted to be close to work and close to town.
How easy is it to meet people? Other expats? Very easy. Although, I haven’t met so many recently but it’s probably because I already have a pretty set group of friends so I’m not putting myself out there as much.
Favorite things about living in Erlangen? Erlangen is so bike friendly. That’s definitely my very favorite thing. There are so many parks and you are so close to everything. You definitely don’t need a car here.
Kid friendly? School information? The FIS (Franconian International School) is here. My son goes to a German Kindergarten and I find that very nice. I love that he’s learning German.
What do you do on the weekend? We go to the park, go on bike rides, hangout as a family.
Weeknight activities? I don’t do too much on weeknights because of school and work the next morning.
Any negatives about the area? Not really. It’s far from my family in the US.
Transportation? Do I need a car? It’s easier to have a car, that’s for sure, but I don’t need one.
Crime? Sometimes bikes are stolen but it’s really a safe place. I never feel uncomfortable walking alone at night.
Doctors? Dentist? Dr Eva Reinhardt near the FIS is great. For pediatrician we use Maas-Doyle in Tennenlohe or go to the Kinderklinik here in Erlangen.
Hairdresser? Favorite spot for a beer? I do my own hair since I’m a hairstylist myself.
Café for a coffee? Café 3 Zeiten in the Arcaden, Café Mengin has a place for kids to play inside, Sax right next door has a good brunch.
Favorite restaurants? Parmegiano near bohlenplatz is my absolute favorite. We also go to Hiro Sakao for sushi often. Tacos Inc. on Fahrstrasse has the best Mexican food I’ve had in Germany, which isn’t saying that much. There is a food court inside of Neuer Markt, where the C&A is, there there is a really good chinese place called Lin and the best falafel at the Turkish Döner place there. Also, very new, is a vegetarian burger place.
Place to watch a game? Home
Day trips? So many. Bamberg and Nürnberg being my favorites and the most easily accessible by train.
Clothing? I mainly buy my clothes in the US but the Arcaden has several stores that in a pinch I can find something.
Taste of home? There’s a BBQ place in Fürth called Our Place that has great ribs and on certain nights is all you can eat.

Other helpful hints for newcomers? Try to meet other expats. Sometimes you just need to express yourself in your own language and with people of the same culture who understand what you are going through. It can be hard for people at home to understand the small difficulties that really can add up and ruin your day, and also can be hard for German friends to understand as well.

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