World’s top cities to live in!

... and Munich ranked 4th place!

Mercer is a worldwide consulting firm based out of NYC that is known for its services in the human resource area. They are also known for their research around the quality of living worldwide. And in 2019 I like their findings very much:

Here the link to read more

Vienna is the best place to live worldwide!!!!  Zürich is number two. Then you have Vancouver and...  Munich is next!. Yes! Munich is number four in the worldwide ranking of places where you get the highest quality of life!! 

You can read more details in their website and about how you determine quality of living! Hire the link.

Screen shot of Mercer Quality of Life Ranking

Mercer also publishes a worldwide ranking about cities and its level of personal safety. Vienna, Zürich, Vancouver and Munich remain in their top 4 as well. But if you go down the list you may like or NOT what you see. For example: I was shocked to see Barcelona ranking #43 and Madrid #46, which is below cities that I have always considered more dangerous. I always thought these cities were more dangerous than Madrid (#46) and Barcelona (#43)...

- Berlin (#13)
- Singapore (#25)
- San Francisco (#34)
- Lisbon (#37)
- NYC (#44)

Screen shot of Mercer Quality of Life Ranking

After reading the Mercer study I wanted to know if this was a one-study thing or if it was true that we live pretty good in Germany / Munich. Here the result:

- US News ranks Germany as the #10 country worldwide for living

- The CEOWorldMagazine ranks germany as #8 after countries like Finland, Australia or Iceland

- Time Out says NYC, Melbourne, Chicago and London

- Forbes says Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Adelaide 

In brief: we who live in Munich are lucky. If you are a new parent in Munich, you are probably enjoying a year with your baby! A year is 12 months of time when your company and the German government supports you as a mother to take a break from your career and focus on your children. That is amazing! If I were to live in Spain, I would only have four months.

Questions, comments, corrections... just let me know what you think!

Resources for (new or not) Mums in Munich (English & German) - part 1

I have been wanting to write a post about this topic for a while and today is the day. When you learn that you are going to become a parent, or when you have just become one, you experience a sudden need to be informed about 1000 different new areas, for which nor school nor life have (unfortunately) prepared you. For example: sudden infant death syndrome, first-aid techniques, early- stimulation for babies, how to function without sleep, how to make your baby sleep more, breast-feed vs bottle-feed, BLW, etc.

You can always buy books (and I will recommend you a few at the end of this post) but in my experience, what really works is taking to other mums. Yes! people talking to other humans is actually better than reading blog posts alone... so read this one and go talk to  other mums! 

And that's why I think this post can be useful: I am listing my favorite resources for (new or not) mums in Munich.

Resources for (new or not) mums in Munich:

Momunity App - (only German) free and easy to use app. This is like the Tinder for mums. You can find mums in your area, post questions, infos, requests, plans, you can search for topics to learn about what the community have been talking about or advising about a specific topic. If you travel, you can always find mums in the new city (German city) that get together in the park.

Facebook mum groups - (in every language) I am part of a few Facebook parent groups (in Spanish and German) and I totally recommend to find one that fits you (single parent, Spanish/French/Italian-speaking in Munich, in the outskirts of Munich, parents of twins, parents of toddlers, etc.). The main advantage of the good-old Facebook is (for me) that one day you have a question about BLW, you post it and you get answers. The following day you need to sell your Kinderwagen or a wonderful, fluffy, wool coat from X brand, you post it and you sell it. Somehow the parent groups in Facebook work better than eBay itself!

Meetup Munich Moms Club - (in English) they meet in the Cafeteria of Oberpollinger which is called Le Buffet and it is a self-service cafeteria/restaurant, where the coffee is very bad but they have cake (and salads if you are on a diet...) and hot and cold different meals. But the important part is that they have a playground area for children, lost of space for mums with child stuff, it is full with children, so loud and many Munich mum groups meet there. Including the one from Meetup.

If you can only read three books before becoming a parent (and you have nine months, so it should give you time enough... ejem..), then I recommend you read these three: 

And this all from me today. I hope this post was useful and as always if you have recommendations or questions, let me know! :-)

3 reasons to love living in Munich

I turned 40 a few months ago and the Mid-Life crisis hit me hard. Some of my school friends  have made some drastic decisions (one quit a great job -very well paid to become a stay-at-home dad!). For me the crisis is about Germany. I look at my twins and think: -"what am I doing in Munich?"- I used to love living abroad, working internationally... I married a German guy and I used to love living in Munich... but since I am 40, I don't anymore.

My mother says that this Mid-Life crisis is only for modern women, that women in her generation did not have the luxury of having any crisis. She thinks women these days are softer than the women of her generation. She may be right... but no matter why, I have a crisis. And because of this and because for now we are living in Germany, I have decided to make a list of things I used to love about Germany/Munich and that made me happy there. And this is the topic for today's post.

Berlin and Hamburg are so cold, really cold. Munich too but hey! in June the sun shines and you can go to the Isar beach and you sunbathe, you dip a toe or the whole foot in the Isar (or if you are German or with Germans, you may as well get in in full...) and drink a beer in your bikini in the process. It may rain one, two or three days but you still have the full, amazingly warm summer days and nights in Munich. July is also good and August sometimes too. So for someone born by and with the sun in Spain, Munich is the absolutely best option you get when it comes to summer in Germany.

People say Germans are unfriendly... and who wouldn't be? If 9 months of every year life were just sh***t (due to the weather) you would also not be in a good mood! In Munich there are three months of sun and warm spring and summer days. During these days people take their bikes out, go to the park and grill, go the the river and play the guitar, take a swim and what's more important to me: they smile. Germans, well Germans in Munich smile at you everywhere when the sun shines. Bavarians are the most friendly and welcoming Germans of all!

Munich is safe, very safe. Very very safe. And let me tell you again: safe. And like many other German cities has a huge offer for children. In my opinion Bavarians focus on two things in life: one is beer and the other one is children. Not together of course! There are activities, communities, events, podcast, facebook groups, activities in the park, online supporting groups... it doesn't matter who you are and what your kids want or have or speak, in Munich you will find something that works for you and your kids.

Do you have kids? are you new in Munich with kids? want to know more about why Munich is a great place to live? get in touch!!!