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

The Customer Isn’t Always Right

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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?

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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

Top 10 Things I Miss About the USA

This post was originally supposed to be a counterpoint to last week’s Top 10 Things Germany Does Better than the USA. Was. After my husband asked me, “what will you put on there?” I realized I only had a list of four; a real problem when you need six more items to make a top 10 list.

Moving to Germany

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So, I want to focus on the good! I really enjoyed the two weeks I spent in Germany over Christmas break in 2015 and, although I know a vacation is far different than actually living somewhere, I am looking forward to exploring the country, as well as the rest of Europe.