Living in Germany definitely has it perks. After being here for almost 16 months, I've learned to love some of the German ways of living. I'm still getting used to following rules, turning my bicycle light on at night and not recycling on Sunday. Overall this country has some pretty great things about it and I feel lucky to experience them. As the time goes on, I'm learning to appreciate what I once thought was a "weird German thing" and even becoming more German like myself.
Welcome to my first series of "Life in Germany", this will be a monthly update of any and all things Germany. It's an idea I have had for a while and is long overdue, better late than never?
One of my favorite things about living in Germany is by far the Autobahn. Before I moved to Germany, I thought the Autobahn was just one road somewhere in the middle of Germany. Kind of like a touristy spot where people rented BMWs and drove fast.
Living abroad has been amazing, so don't get me wrong by the title of this article. However, I find it important to share that it is not always eating gelato and riding my bike with a baguette under my arm through Germany. Living abroad is full of those magical moments, but also the frustrating ones, too. Sharing with you all the 5 hardest parts of living abroad this past year.
I am a firm believer that growth doesn't come without discomfort. If we stay in our safe, content places, how will we push ourselves in ways we can't imagine? How will we learn new things without falling a few times? One of my favorite authors, Brené Brown talks a lot about vulnerability. Here's one of my favorite pieces from her most recent book:
Living abroad has been one the most incredible decisions my husband and I made and definitely the most life changing. There are hurdles that come with this new life. But overall, with an encouraging family, a few good friends, preparation, and the right mindset making the transition of living abroad is totally doable!
When we moved to Germany this was one of the first questions we asked ourselves: "Should we travel by train or by car during our time in Germany and Europe?"
After a lot of research, asking a few European friends, and weighing out the pros and cons, we came up with what works best for us when it comes to traveling through Germany. Sharing with you the pros and cons of each and how we made our decision!
It’s been a little over one month since we packed our bags and moved to Germany. Looking back on our first week here seems like ages ago in a lot of ways. We've learned so much already, made a handful of mistakes, and embarrassed ourselves more times than I'd like to admit.
It is with great excitement that we announce our upcoming move to Germany this August! About 3 months ago, Michael was offered a job in Maritime Law for a company based out of Leer, Germany.