Expat Life in Germany

Useful info & resources from 3 years in Germany | Banking, housing, immigration, transportation, pets, taxes & more

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Germany

Almost every year, Travis and I celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th.  Neither of us is of Mexican descent, but like so many holidays we have in the States, it's one that grew from our large immigrant population and one that many Americans celebrate.  In Mexico,...

How scary is a trip to a German dentist?

One of the hardest things we've discovered about moving to a new country, particularly one in which we don't speak the language, is finding new medical professionals.  Since we rarely go to the doctor and haven't had dental insurance since we left the US, we w...

Drawing Pysanky for Ukrainian Easter

As Americans, we've always celebrated our Easter holiday toward the end of March or some time before April 24th.  This year, the holiday arrived quite early, on March 27th.  It was a long weekend, so we spent it exploring the stunning city of Prague.  But desp...

A Stroll Around Kiessee, “Gravel Lake”

As the grey months of winter dragged by in central Germany, our Oru kayaks remained boxed and ready in the guest bedroom, waiting anxiously for spring.  With some help from a few Google searches and informative emails from different departments of Germany's to...

Misadventures in German Underwear Shopping

Does anyone else hate shopping for clothes?  It can't just be me... To be fair, it isn't Germany's fault.  This all started a long time ago in a country thousands of miles away.  I realized today while digging around in old photo albums to send one to a f...
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Two Small Potatoes, Plus One Korean

When I look back over my site calendar for the month of April, it's the emptiest month I've had since I started blogging almost two years ago.  What's up with that?!  In a mean-spirited twist of irony, the weather here has been mostly gloriously sunny and warm...

American vs German Culture: To Eat or Not To Eat

Ask anybody what they notice first and foremost about Americans, and one thing that always tops the list is how friendly we are - too friendly.  Creepy friendly.  Seriously, who makes eye contact and smiles at a total stranger on the street?  Only an insane pe...

St. Paddy’s Day Shenanigans

Apparently a love of Ireland is alive and well in Göttingen, Germany!  Folks came out in droves on St. Paddy's Day to celebrate all things Irish.  Not ones to miss the holiday festivities, Travis and I joined a group of folks from his lab to see what the town ...

Deciphering German Curtain Terminology

Eureka, I've done it! I've cracked the top-secret code of German curtain terminology.  I am not a kiddin' when I tell you that figuring out how to buy curtains and make them fit our plain old standard windows has been one of the hardest tasks since our arrival...

The Plissee Project

Now that we have a fully functional kitchen in our German apartment, we moved on to another exasperating home improvement project - window coverings.  It might not be a very exciting topic, but just like with cupboard handles, you realize how important they ar...