7 Months Living in Germany

Today marks 7 months of living in Germany. I remember writing the announcement post like it was yesterday. I was excited, anxious and scared. And now, 7 months later, I am still excited, anxious and scared.

It has gone very quickly and very slowly at the same time. We’ve been to Salzburg and Prague, gone back to the States (not once, but twice), found an apartment, I quit my job and then found two jobs. That’s certainly enough for an entire year, yet it’s been 7 months and in an entirely different country.

While there have been some negative feelings, like loneliness, the positives of the last 7 months certainly outweigh the cons. In honor of living in Germany for 7 months, I thought I’d share 7 great things about life in Germany.

  1. It has brought Vinn and I closer together. Of course, we have always been close, but when you only have each other, you certainly lean on each other that much more.
  2. Traveling is the best thing in the entire world. I’ve always loved to travel, from the family vacations to Hilton Head to studying abroad in Rome in college. And the importance of travel has grown exponentially since we moved here. I’ve said this before, but we want to take advantage of our time here and really check some things off our travel bucket list. When are we ever going to be able to go to Vienna for 80€ round trip? NEVER. Now’s the time.
  3. Germany is so much more than WWII. Of course, this time period is a major part of history and should never be forgotten. Admittedly, the first thing I used to think of when I ever heard Germany was, “Oh, WWII.” And there is so much more to the culture, the people and the country in general than that. There are monuments here to acknowledge and honor what happened in that time period and many buildings in the area are relatively new because they weren’t finished being rebuilt until the 1960’s. The history is fascinating, yes, but there is so much more to this country. There’s also more to it than beer and pretzels. Even though both are delicious.
  4. The number of Italian restaurants here is astonishing. A lot of Italians immigrated to Germany after the war and a lot of them opened a restaurant. Italian food is our absolute favorite, so there’s no complaints here.
  5. Alcohol really is less expensive than water. Germans, and Europeans in general, love their beer and prosecco. A glass of prosecco will cost 3€ and a large bottle of water will cost 4.50€. We rarely order water at a restaurant for this reason. And why is this a positive? Because who doesn’t want to pay close to nothing for a glass of wine or a stein of beer?
  6. Sundays are really a day of rest. At first, this was really annoying. The grocery store is crazy busy on Saturdays and if you forget something that day, you’ll have to wait until Monday. I have walked out of our apartment on too many occasions on a Sunday, keys in hand, to run to the store, only to realize halfway to the car that it’s not open. Now that I’m used to it, it is really nice to look forward to a true day of rest. Vinn and I look forward to a true relaxation day. Some days we play tennis or go out to dinner but other Sundays we just lay on the couch and take Copley for a long walk. We just enjoy the day. It has become a family day and not a day to get ahead of the work week or household chores.
  7. It feels like home. No matter where I physically live, wherever Vinn and Copley are will always be home. But, Germany itself now feels like home. I have my grocery store, my pharmacy, we have favorite restaurants (and an equally long “black list”), I go to the gym regularly, we play tennis together, we are starting to get a group of friends, everything is now starting to feel normal.

And there you have it. 7 months in and we’re now getting into our groove. I really do like it here and our life is great.

What are 7 things you love about your area or hometown?

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