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

The Best of Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf deer

By Sunday morning, Düsseldorf was a ghost town. We didn’t see a single person on our way to get breakfast. There were a few other guests getting a bun or coffee, but the place was by no means full. About halfway through our breakfast, another guest sat down and began blasting dance music from a blue tooth speaker while he ate his croissant.…Continue Reading

Strawberry Fields Forever in Germany

German strawberry field

A few weeks ago, we took our bikes to a nearby strawberry field where you can pick your own strawberries. All you have to do is bring your own container, which you have weighed before you begin picking. You also have the option to simply buy a container of strawberries from the shirtless man at the stand, but where’s the…Continue Reading

A Long Weekend in Leipzig, Germany

leipzig

A few weeks ago, we spent a long weekend in Leipzig, Germany. My husband wanted to go to Hamburg, but since we were already there in 2015, I picked Leipzig instead. Don’t get me wrong, Hamburg is great; I think it might be my favorite German city. I want to see as much of Germany as possible, though; so, if…Continue Reading

Visit to the Tierpark Essehof

Tierpark Essehof Meerkats

A few weeks ago, we visited the Tierpark Essehof in (you guessed it) Essehof, Germany. It’s basically like a petting zoo, if petting zoos were fun. Well, I mean; petting zoos are fun for me, because I will take any opportunity to hang out with animals. They’re better than most people, after all. So, I guess I should say “if…Continue Reading

Homesickness: Like the Flu, but Worse

American Homesick Germany

After a month-long hiatus, I’m ready to continue sharing stories and anecdotes about my life here in Germany. I’ve had plenty to write about over the past month but, if I’m being honest, it was hard to find the motivation. As the saying goes, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I didn’t have…Continue Reading

The Customer Isn’t Always Right

customer service germany

If you’re preparing yourself for a move to Germany, or even just a visit, you may have come across complaints about customer service. Or, more accurately, the lack of customer service. I certainly did, which led me to dig a little deeper into the subject before our 2015 visit. Sure enough, googling “customer service in Germany” gets you a lot of results saying…Continue Reading

How Rude! Are Germans too Direct?

direct rude German

If you’ve done any research into German culture, you’ve likely come across blogs, articles and forum discussions on the subject of German directness. Less politically-correct results may even simply state that Germans are rude. It’s a topic of discussion as old as time; or, at least, as old as the Internet’s mainstream popularity. There is a lot of material on the subject,…Continue Reading