German Weddings Part I

The Rings Every American girl grows up dreaming of having a big, shiny diamond placed on the ring finger of her left hand someday. She probably won’t ever ask, “Why the left hand?” or “Why a big diamond?” All she knows is that she wants one desperately. At a young age she might twist a…

You put the emphASSis on the wrong sylABBle

About a year into our marriage, my husband shared with me that I had hurt his feelings on several occasions by telling him to shut up. He had learned that “shut up” was extremely rude so he thought every time I said it I was really disrespecting him. This was our first lesson in the…

Silvester in Deutschland

New Year’s Eve in Germany I realized yesterday that I never took the time to write about the first truly great New Year’s Eve I’ve ever had. The night started with two of my husband’s buddies coming over for dinner. Raclette is such a fun way to spend an evening with friends! A raclette is…

A Tiny Taste of the German Language

As you may know, I’ve been taking online German lessons since September. I love my classes, and my husband and I have already begun to reap some of the rewards of my increasing German vocabulary. I absolutely cannot imagine how exhausting it must be for my husband to constantly have to think and speak in a…

Why Germany is Great

I recently realized that I spend an awful lot of time blogging about the annoying or quirky things about Germans and Germany only to finish each post with, “But I really do love it here.” How whiny and terrible of me to only find things to blog about when I’m annoyed. Germany truly IS fantastic…

Tollpatschig

The day I met her, one of my (now) dearest friends spilled her coffee all over her desk on her first day of work. She nervously laughed it off and I was cordial enough to hide my utter annoyance. “Clumsy!” I thought. “I can’t believe I have to sit next to her!” But it didn’t take…

The Walk

On Christmas Eve (Christmas day for Germans… the 24th to be clear) my husband and I prepared ourselves for a leisurely walk along the river. I put on some comfy lounge/workout pants and was ready to go when my husband decided we should make a last-minute run to Aldi before the walk. Here’s how the…

Communicating with Germans

You can always tell the difference between Germans and non-Germans in this country by the way they communicate. For example, when a German tries to speak to me and I reply with, “Tut mir leid, mein Deutsch ist nicht gut” (Sorry, my German isn’t good), they always respond by continuing to use big words and…

Learning a New Language

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The summer

After months of silence, I’m back to post an update… The summer was difficult. It was one of the hottest summers in years and my city experienced record-breaking heat. My legs swelled up like balloons and my muscles ached all over. I don’t respond well to the heat, and for the majority of the summer…

Our U.S. Trip

This post is a little overdue, but I’m finally taking a moment to sit down and reflect on my trip to the States last month. Though I was excited for the trip, I took with me a load of fears and nervousness… I was afraid it would be too hard to say goodbye again when…

Nearly one year later…

As I write, I’m sitting on the balcony of my new apartment and enjoying the fresh air and smell of blooms from the nearby trees. I see the bees burrow into the wood and hear the birds singing their evening melodies. In approximately 34 hours I’ll be on a plane headed for America. It’s been…