Germany is beautiful. I mean, really beautiful. The landscape in the Eifel is like something out of a fairytale. Beautiful forests, bright blooming flowers, powerful rivers snaking their way through hillsides dotted with tiny villages. The colors of everything are more vibrant. The grass is greener, the sky is bluer, the flowers are bolder. And… Read More Lions and Tigers and Hookers….Oh my!
Back in Texas, about the only time you would catch me eating sausage was when I would float the Guadalupe River in late summer. We’d drive down to New Braunfels, stop off at the last Wal-Mart before the turn-off, and load up on Bud Light Lime (don’t judge me) and summer sausage. The first time… Read More Let’s Talk Sausage
The internet is littered with horror stories about Americans trying the German saunas for the first time. They’re overwhelmed. They’re uncomfortable. They’re totally lost. And while we tend to focus on the fact that those first-time experiences were negative – albeit highly entertainingly negative – what gets lost is the fact that many Americans are… Read More Where the Brave People Go
New Year’s Eve in Germany is celebrated much like it is in the States: parties, all-inclusive events, formal galas, board games with family, champagne, etc. But while the main elements are the same, you might not be aware of some of the smaller details that are rather unique to Germany. So, here are four things… Read More A New Year’s Eve Kit for the Expat in Germany
Buying Christmas gifts for your family and friends can be difficult enough, but what about when it comes to people you don’t know quite as well – who also come from a different culture? What if it’s your German landlord – your German neighbor – your child’s German teacher at school? Sometimes it can be… Read More Five Christmas Gift Ideas That Will Make Any (Eifel) German Smile
It’s All the Same, Right? Christmas is my favorite holiday, and as magical as it is in the States, it’s even more magical here. The Christmas markets, the snow, the castles, the Glühwein – I love it all. But, I was surprised to learn – first through dating my German husband and then with the… Read More Five Differences Between German and American Christmas Traditions
Because There’s No Wrong Weather, Only Wrong Clothing Ever since moving to Germany, I have struggled with staying warm in the winter. My husband is always telling me that the coats I brought from Texas just don’t work for German winters. We even tried to go shopping for cute coats when we were in Texas… Read More Choosing the Right Coats for German Winters
Shows You Should be Watching (Even if You Can’t Speak German) It’s no secret that one of the best ways to gain insight into a culture and its language is by watching originally made TV shows. But sometimes that can be difficult because you don’t always know what’s good – or even what’s out there… Read More 5 of the Best TV Shows to Learn About German Culture
Things We Do That Baffle Germans Living in a foreign country teaches you so many things about its people, its customs, its passions, and its history. It can also teach you about its language and government. But what I find is often overlooked is just how much living in a foreign land teaches you about… Read More Confusing American Behaviors?
Der Integrationskurs For a lot of people who move to Germany, completing an Integration Course is a condition of renewing their initial Residence Permit. There are probably exceptions and variations, but the majority of people – whether moving to Germany or staying here after getting out of the military – will start off with a… Read More A Beginner’s Guide to the Integration Course