Stories from my life and travels as an American expat in Germany!

Social Norms in America: A Guide for German Expats

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Social norms. Germany and America share a lot of similarities, but there are a few key differences. Are you a German planning a move to America? This post covers the most important social norms to keep in mind as a German expat. After all, as any true German knows…it’s best to come prepared. Also, los geht’s! Fashionably Late If someone…Continue Reading

Making Friends in America: A Guide for German Expats

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Making friends as an adult is hard, but it’s not impossible. Are you a German expat planning a move to America? It may not seem like it right now, but you’re actually in a very good position to make new friends. Yes, even if you’re introverted or shy. Yes, even if you’re “bad at small talk.” The trick is that…Continue Reading

Culture Shock: A Quick Guide to Germany

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Culture shock. It happens to everyone. Well, everyone living in a new country, anyway. I definitely experienced my fair share during my first few months in Germany. Are you planning a move to Deutschland as well? Nothing beats experience, but with a little preparation, you can make your own move to Germany go as smoothly as possible. Here are some…Continue Reading

Frankenmuth, Michigan: Little Bavaria, Big Kitsch

Frankenmuth, Michigan is a small town settled in 1845 by German immigrants from Bavaria. They had come on a mission to convert the local native population to Christianity, and had sworn to remain loyal to the Kingdom of Bavaria. To this day, Frankenmuth continues to pays homage to their roots, even though the Kingdom of Bavaria is long-gone. This tiny…Continue Reading

Don’t Stand so Close to Me: Personal Space in Germany

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Personal space is very important to your average American. Maybe it’s because we’re used to having (or coveting, in the case of many city dwellers) a lot of space. Either way, we don’t like to be near strangers; hell, many of us don’t even hug close friends or family. We say hello from a respectable arms’ length away and wave.…Continue Reading

Amsterdam: Two Days in the City of Canals

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Amsterdam: a city best-known for legal prostitution and pot. As a potential visitor, you might find yourself wondering: IS there much to do if I’m not part of a British stag party? As it turns out, yes! There’s so more to this legendary city than just the red light district. There are great restaurants, amazing breweries, beautiful parks, unique shops, and…Continue Reading

Food Fight! Supermarkets in Germany VS America

German supermarkets grocery stores

At first glance, supermarkets in Germany seem quite similar to their American counterparts. Grocery stores like Real and Rewe look just like any Kroger or Meijer back in my home state of Michigan. Aldi looks a lot like, well…Aldi. Sure, sometimes the layout may be a bit different, but it’s basically the same, right? In many ways, yes. There are…Continue Reading