Words That Will Never Again Cross My Mind or Lips

The national language of the United States of America is English, but in many parts of the country, a foreigner who didn’t know better might understandably think it was Spanish. When I encountered these Spanish speakers the States, I often found myself feeling frustrated and wanting to say to them, “If you’re going to be in…

Baby Changing Stations

My husband is originally from Landshut, Germany (Germany’s very own LA). Of the few places I’ve had the privilege of visiting in Germany, LA is by far my favorite. Their downtown includes cobblestone streets, shops, an ornate church, a castle, brightly-colored buildings, outdoor cafes, and throngs of people. Something happens to my heart when I…

To my friends and family…

Writing has always been therapeutic for me so I created this blog as a way to keep my friends and family back in the States apprised of the daily goings-on of German life. In the process, I’ve met other fascinating expats that I’ve been able to learn from or vent to. I haven’t shared my name…

How Eloise ended up in the ICU

While 2 hours away from home yesterday, my husband and I passed an ATU (the German version of an O’Reilly Auto Parts store with the addition of a garage and mechanic).  My husband said, “Oh, we just passed an ATU! Normally you need an appointment for an oil change, but do you want to see if they…

Tschüss!

It’s a simple word, tschüss. It means “goodbye” and is pronounced almost like the English word “juice” except instead of a J at the beginning it’s more like a “ch” sound. Though simple, this word is highly important to the Germans to the point of offending them if you don’t say it when parting ways….

Betten, Betten, Betten! (Beds, Beds, Beds!)

German couples have a peculiar custom of sleeping on separate mattresses and using separate blankets. I was completely opposed to this when I heard about it and begged my soon-to-be German husband to at least share a blanket with me, but he didn’t like the idea. To my great surprise, I’ve grown to rather like…

Stereotypical German Conversation

Me to My German Husband: I read an interesting article yesterday about the best times to drink water. It said gravity pulls water to your bladder when you are lying down which is why people often get charlie horses in their legs at night. Their muscles are searching for water. The author said it is…