Expert in the City: An Interview with Sascha Liebhardt
May • 22nd, 2018
by the Expat in the City Team
Our Expert in the City today: Sascha Liebhardt
Who are you and where are you from? Since when are you in Munich? What do you do?
Sascha Liebhardt, straight out of Munich since 1970. Starting in 1988, I went on my European tour and lived in Oxford, London, Vienna & Milan. After my return to Munich in 1999 I worked new economy and old economy and started to teach at universities of applied of science. In 2014, I co-founded New European College in Munich of which I am the managing director and owner.
In what way did Expat in the City connect and inspire you?
Having lived more than ten years abroad, I have a good understanding of what it means to be a stranger in a strange country. From the small peculiarities, you don’t get served at your table in a British pub, to the Kafkaesque Italian bureaucracy, there were many instances where I would have been very thankful for some guidance. With studying and working abroad becoming a regular part of our lives, Expat in the City supports newcomers in adjusting to their new home (and trust me the Germans have their own set of cultural and administrative peculiarities).
What would your advice be to expats in Munich?
As the Germans seem very austere at first, it is important to look behind the façade. In public, the Germans seem reserved and serious, but once you get to know them they open up and you will discover that opposite to public opinion, they do have a good sense of humor.
Surfing on the Eisbach in the heart of the city.
What does best define Munich for you?
Surfing on the Eisbach in the heart of the city – 365 days, 24 hours per day you will find surfers riding the wave.
It is the prime display of the beauty of Munich’s nature and it perfectly shows how distinctively different Munich is.
Places or things you love in the City:
Apart from the above mentioned Eisbach at the entrance to the southern part of Munich’s gigantic English Garden, it is the many parks you find in Munich. In every part of town, within a 5-minute walk, you will find a park in which you can enjoy Munich’s beauty.
Thank you for your time, Sascha!
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