Life Lessons Learned Abroad

I never wanted to be a mom. I always said, “All I need are nieces and nephews. Make me an Auntie and I’ll be happy!” Well, in 2008 I finally got my wish when my older sister made me the aunt of a beautiful baby girl, and in 2012 we welcomed my second niece into…

The dreaded German B1 test

Yesterday I took my government-required, German B1 language test, and while it’s still fresh on my mind, I thought I’d share how it went and give some tips to those of you who will need to take the test in the future.  I’ve been super stressed about this test for a long time now, but…

Goulasch Recipe

I am not a food blogger, nor am I a photographer, but a co-worker wanted my German Goulasch recipe, so I picked up my iPhone 4 – yes, 4 – and I started taking pictures as I whipped up a delicious meal. This post won’t be as beautiful as a seasoned (see what I did…

Life Update

When I was a little girl and I dreamed of finding my Prince Charming and getting married, I never even came close to imagining how good it really feels to know you get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend and soulmate. Two months ago my husband and I celebrated our…

The Black Forest, Austria, and Hamburg, Oh My!

I can’t believe it has been nearly two months since my last post. I had been doing so well to regularly update all of my readers about the goings on of my life, and it’s time to (try) and get back in the swing of things. The last two months have been chocked full of…

Kelheim, Germany

Today I thought I’d take a break from the long-winded posts about various culture differences between Germans and Americans and instead tell about my latest outing with my husband (complete with pictures, of course). I’ve mentioned several times in other posts that one of our favorite things to do is pick a town or village…

Driving in Germany

Driving in a foreign country is always a little intimidating. I’ve been to Japan where they drive on the left, in Mexico where they somehow turn two small lanes into three, and in Tenerife in the Canary Islands where the roundabouts alone are enough to make your head spin in confusion! But nothing is quite…

Making Friends With Germans

My German husband and I got married in the States, and a few days later we boarded a plane bound for Germany. Through the whole ordeal, I never once doubted whether or not I’d made the right decision for my life, but that didn’t change the fact that I was overwhelmed. I had quit my job, sold…

My first female check-up in Germany

Fellas, you’ve been warned. If the thought of a woman spreading her legs to get her goodies inspected by a doctor makes you squeamish, then this post is not for you. Avert your eyes, put down the phone, or for the love of God, click on something else! Okay ladies and brave men, I must…

Schönen Feierabend

Germans have a bit of a reputation for occasionally being just a bit morbid or depressing. For example, rather than saying “Time flies when you’re having fun,” the Germans have a saying that translates into English as something like, “Time crawls by when you’re miserable.” A little depressing? Yes. Does it make me giggle? Absolutely….

German Weddings Part III

This will be my final post to discuss German weddings. So far, we’ve talked about the wedding rings being worn on the right hand, and the tradition of Polterabend and sawing a log in half at the wedding, and today I want to talk just a little more in depth about the actual wedding day. In Arkansas,…

German Weddings Part II

In my last post, I discussed the German tradition of wearing the wedding ring on the right hand rather than the left. Today I’d like to take a deeper look into the simplicity of the German wedding rings and further discuss German weddings. While I am not German and have only lived in Germany for 21 months, I…