Expat Life in Germany

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

Deciphering German Curtain Terminology

Eureka!  We've done it!  We'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 as expats in ...

The Plissee Project

Now that we've finished putting in an entire kitchen in our German apartment, we've 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 impor...

Our Einbauküche Is Finished!

Hey, you guys remember that funny little notion of the German Einbauküche?   By "funny," I don't mean funny haha. I mean funny peculiar. Well, last night Travis and I put the finishing touches on our brand spankin' new kitchen.  It's now 100% complete - fully...

Our 2-Week eBay Shopping Spree

Well folks, it's impossible not to laugh a bit in irony when we look back at our household purchases for the last couple of years.  Nineteen months ago, we sold almost everything we owned in the United States to move to Switzerland.  We found a gorgeous three-...

Pucker Up, Fair Gänseliesel

One of Göttingen's most well-known landmarks is the Gänseliesel, the famed Goose Girl.  Located downtown in the walking district, the statue is centered within a stone fountain.  Capped with ornate metal vines and leaves, the fair maiden has been at the heart ...

German Visas Are Officially Ours

Earlier this month, we had our second appointment at Immigration in downtown Göttingen to finalize our residency in Germany.  During our initial visit in November, we were approved for visas but were told we'd have to wait several weeks longer than expected to...