We seem to be getting an earlier start on the Whiny Expat Blogger MeetUp planning this year. Matter of fact, there have already been several proposed locations in the Gathering Ideas thread. So far, the following places have been discussed:
Wine-regions (Rhine/Mosel area – click the squiggle on the map)
Not all of the suggestions have local hosts, so if you know one of those places and feel like showing it off, let us know. We’re entertaining suggestions until March 15. Stop by the forums and tell us what you think!
The Whiny Expat Blogger Meetup this year was a much lower-key affair than it had been in previous years. Part of that might be that all five parties (counting me and Sarah as one) in attendance had been to Prague before. It was very difficult to scare up interest this year, and the schedule just didn’t work out for a lot of prospective attendees.
But even with a smaller group than expected, we still had a great time. Continue reading →
The planning of our annual Whiny Expat Bloggers Meet-Up has been kind of different this year. I tend to think that the nearly nonexistent Spring lulled people into feeling that it was miles away and we were slogging on about it way early. Plus, there was a lingering hangover of fabulousity from WEBMU 2012 Berlin. Now, Autumn is making itself felt and we’re under a month out. So to help with your short-term planning, a small reminder:
WEBMU 2013: Prague! Sept. 20-22
Ok, maybe not so small.
It’s time for WEBMU to take its show on the road! A little Bohemian adventure to cleanse the porky German palate! There will be a firm schedule up shortly in the forums and we’ll have a few hotel recommendations as well.
WEBMU 2012 in Berlin was last weekend (I’m still recovering from it). Given that most or all of the attendees have visited the usual tourist spots in Berlin — Brandenburger Tor, Reichstag, East Side Gallery, etc. — our WEBMU hosts put together a program off the beaten path, concentrating our activities around neighborhoods in East Berlin. My favorite agenda item of the weekend was our visit to the Stasi Museum in Lichtenberg. Continue reading →
Under a month to go — time to firm up your plans for WEBMU 2012 in Berlin! Snooker in Berlin has posted the agenda for our annual expatriate blogger meetup weekend in our discussion forum. We converge on Germany’s capital (for the first time in the history of this tradition) officially on Friday night, September 7th. There’s a pre-event during the day on the Friday, and this year, there’s even a pre-pre-event for those making an extra-long weekend of it (like we are).
It’s not too late to sign up, or swing by and take a look if you’re still on the fence. Visit http://forums.expatbloggersingermany.com and click on one of the buttons under “Howdy, Stranger!” to get started. You qualify for membership if you
live in Germany,
are from somewhere else, and
blog in English
So tell us all those things about yourself when you apply, please. But hurry — WEBMU’s almost here!
Are you interested in attending the expat blogger meetup that’s sweeping the BRD? Then it’s time to check in on the Whiny Expat Blogger MeetUp forums, where the planners are looking for input. If you’re an English language blogger living in Germany and you don’t have an account yet, go sign up already! We need a little input from you and have some more details on what’s in store, so check out the Friday side trip, who’s coming and Hotels threads.
If you’re on the fence about coming, a word of warning: there is a consumer electronics trade show taking place that same weekend in Berlin. As a result, accommodations are becoming scarce. So you might need to decide soon whether you’re going to attend in order to get a room or apartment. That’s addressed in more detail in the Hotels thread.
Any questions? Feel free to ask here or, better yet, in the forums. And I hope to see you all in Berlin!
Well, we sort checked out of the blogging game, didn’t we? Sorry about that.
We have a good excuse, though. All blogging energy has gone toward getting the WEBMU city selection up and running. This year’s candidates are Berlin and Münster, so two very different flavors of meetup are on the table. Do you live in Germany and blog in English? Come on over to the discussion board and sign up. If you already have a login (even from the old board), make your voice heard! There’s room for questions or discussion if you’re on the fence. Be sure to sign in to see the planning and voting topics. Voting will run until Sunday, April 1 (not even kidding), so get your vote in soon. And please, spread the word!
Over on the new meetup board, some discussion is already happening about where this year’s WEBMU should take place. So far, Berlin is the only city in the running. Do you want to show off your adopted hometown? Propose a different location? Or just add more support to the Berlin team? Whatever your proclivity, visit
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to our illustrious hosts for a great weekend of culture, gastronomy, history, and — most importantly, in my book — general merriment. This was the 4th annual WEBMU event we’ve attended, and every year it’s such a pleasure to chat and laugh with those faces and voices we otherwise only get to read.
To everyone who couldn’t make it this year: here’s hoping next year works out for you. This was a blast.