The expatriate who chooses to blog often has another another reason, on top of his or her usual motives. Your blog connects you with a community that speaks your own language, and understands the odd circumstances in which you often find yourself.
Five years ago, in Germany, a group of bloggers took those connections offline. They met, and firm friendships were forged. They shared many of the delights of living in Germany, like the beer. They shared many of the frustrations of living in Germany, like the Kreisverwaltungsreferat. They pondered how to explain their lives to the folks back home, who are sometimes perplexed by quaint German customs like infrastructure investment, public-option health insurance, and bicycles.
But most of all, they talked, ate, drank, and laughed. It turned into an annual event, the Whiney Expat Blogger's Meetup.
It's a fantastic get-together. And this year it's in Munich.
For anyone in Germany who blogs in English, I encourage you to attend.
You'll meet people from all walks of life, old and young, families and single people, gay and straight, expats and immi-pats. We've put together a program that includes tours, (optional) cycling, biergartening, kid's activities, and a smattering of nightlife.
If you're a blogger in a German-speaking country, you'll need to register at the Expat Bloggers in Germany website. Look forward to seeing you!