After recently spending 7 weeks in the US, trying to decide if we wanted to move back, I realized how much I have changed in my 6 years living in Germany. Life in Germany is so comfortable, easy and relaxed. There is Ordnung to everything that we do here and over time, the rigid rules Germans live by eventually become daily habits, you hardly notice that they no longer bother you, but more that without them you don’t know what to do with yourself. When you leave the country for an extended amount of time you suddenly find yourself aching to get back as quickly as possible.
One thing I reiterate often is that when it comes to travel, half the reason why we explore new lands is to try new foods. Just admit it now. Germany has a hearty cuisine with a plethora of traditional meals. And I’m certainly not gonna lie, I love the food. It’s the best way to understand the culture, the people and the traditions.
It’s common knowledge, or at least it should be, that when you move to another country there are bound to be many, many differences in culture, customs and traditions. But sometimes, you just don’t know HOW big the differences are until you’ve been there long enough to make a huge a** list of all the differences between home and your adopted home country. What American comforts are you willing to give up to live in Germany?
Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. You can feel the magic flowing through the air and the anticipation of opening gifts on Christmas Day inching closer and closer. More laughter is heard off in the distance as more and more people make their way into the cities to tackle their Christmas shopping. Decorative […]
While on our recent trip to the Harz Region in Saxony-Anhalt, we saw Germany’s smallest house in Wernigerode, the oldest house in Quedlinburg and read about the country’s oldest surviving industrial structure in Goslar, and it got me thinking about all the superlatives of Germany we have visited and heard about. So I made a […]
Germans. They’re a quirky bunch! But you gotta love ’em! When you think of them, you probably have the stereotypical German things in your head of a people who produce some damn good cars, love sausages, beer festivals and are always punctual and efficient. After living in another country for a certain period of time, […]
If there is one thing I love about living in Germany, it’s learning about the many historical traditions that are hundreds of years old that are still celebrated with enthusiasm. If there’s a public holiday in Germany, you can bet your knickers there’s a public celebration somewhere. And if you’re in Bavaria, there are even […]
Since moving to Germany 4 6 years ago, I continuously seem to have one main conversation whenever I meet someone new. It goes something like this:
Friend/Student/Stranger: “Where are you from?”
Me: “I’m from California”
Friend/Student/Stranger: “WHY did you move to Germany?”
Another harvest season has come and gone. The hops fields have been cleared, the rows of corn have been harvested, and the fields have begun to be plowed, prepping them for the approach of winter.
When you think about Thanksgiving, you traditionally think of it only as an American holiday celebrated to give thanks for another good harvest year. We carry on this tradition to remember the Pilgrims who gave thanks to the Native Americans for their help through a bitter, harsh winter.
After living in Germany now for almost 4 years, I thought it was time to compile some helpful hints and clarify some things for any future expats out there looking to move to Germany or for people in general hoping to travel here. There is a huge misconception about how Germans are viewed. Most have […]