Category: Expat Life

Navigating Healthcare in Berlin

By Serita Braxton When I first arrived in Berlin from the US, I was completely overwhelmed and confused by the German healthcare system. I knew that I was required to be covered but I didn’t know the difference between public or private healthcare or whether I was eligible for either. Growing up, I was privileged enough to go from my…

Life After Receiving a Visa

By Serita Braxton If you’ve read the story of how I struggled to become an official Berlinerin then you can probably imagine how extremely excited I was once I had my visa in my hands. It felt like a whole new world had opened up – one full of opportunities, more stability and most importantly, less stress. Unfortunately that quick moment…

A Visa Tale from a Berlin Expat

By Serita Braxton This month marks a year and a half since I arrived in Berlin after a long flight from the United States. Having visited on four separate occasions, I decided this was the city I wanted to start a new life in despite not knowing the language, not having a job lined up and not having an established…