Expat Life in Germany

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

St. Paddy’s Day Shenanigans

Apparently a love of Ireland is alive and well in Göttingen.  On St. Patrick's Day in Germany, folks come out in droves 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 ...

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 ...