Life in Germany

I've been living in Germany for over 4 1/2 years. I moved from Canada to Stuttgart, Germany for my then German fiance. We had met on vacation while shark diving and after 2 years of long distance, we decided to take the plunge.

One year later we were married and move to Munich, which in all honesty, I like much better than Stuttgart since it’s closer to the mountains and it’s such a green city. Plus there are lots of cute cafes, which is very important to me!

After 4 1/2 years, I now call myself a Germadian.  Part German, part Canadian where I take the parts of each culture that works best for me.

There’s so much I can say about German culture and living in Germany. I’ll be continuing to add to this section, so check back regularly for updates.  I share these stories in hopes that my experience will help prepare you or help you adjust a little easier to life in Germany.  Know that you’re not alone.  I’ve been there.  I’ve struggled with learning German, and what I’ve perceived as coldness and odd behaviours. I’ve had days where I’ve cried out What have I done? But for the most part, those days are well behind me.  I’ve adjusted really well to living in Germany, in large part to these expat tips.  Take a look and let me know what you think.

In the meantime, I’ll share with you one leave you…I’ll call it incident… involving having surgery in Germany, where I quickly realized just how different health care is in Germany compared to Canada.

If you enjoy my Life in Germany stories, I’d be grateful if you would share it with your fellow expats or family members!

  • Inspired travel: outdoor fitness equipment in city parks like in Gmund am Tegernsee in Germany

Inspired Travel: Could City Parks Solve the Obesity Epidemic?

Could free outdoor fitness equipment in city parks help solve the obesity epidemic? This round of travel inspiration comes from a city park in Bavaria, Germany.

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The Shy Girl’s Guide to the Naked German Sauna

I'll admit it.  I'm a prude when it comes to being naked!  That might be fine in Canada where I'm from, but in Germany where I now live?  It's a little bit odd! My German

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Spring Fever: Why Germans Don’t Feel Frisky!

While Canadians get spring fever, Germans don't. They get Frühjahrsmüdigkeit, or spring tiredness. Turns out they're not the only ones! Find out why:

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How To Thrive As an Expat in Munich

Specific tips on how to thrive as an expat in Munich. I've lived here for over 3 1/2 years and love it! Here's how I've created a life in Munich that I love.

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4 Years of Travel Blogging and Living in Germany

In celebration of my four year blog anniversary I share what life is really like living in Germany, how it is being married to a German and making a living as a travel blogger.

Celebrating Canada Day as a Germadian

Today is Canada Day. While I will always be Canadian, I have changed. Yet I'm not German either. I've decided to be Germadian, a combination of the two.

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Germans Aren’t Romantic and Other Misconceptions

When I was in my 20s I would have considered German romance boring, in my 30s it became sexy!

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The Bavarian Dish I Will Not Be Trying

I have discovered one Bavarian dish that makes even Leberkäse (Liver cheese), look good -Sour calf lung dumplings. Guten Appetit ?

Our Take on Canadian-German Wedding Traditions

Our take on a Canadian-German wedding involved log cutting and the Viennese Waltz but no dish breaking or bride stealing.

German Culture: My Awkward Social Encounters with Germans

I consider myself to be a socially adept person - then I moved to Germany, immersed myself in German culture and it all changed....

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Is Trollinger A Bottom of the Barrel Wine?

Is Trollinger a bottom of the barrel wine? It depends who you ask. Locals will say it tastes like strawberries, while expats refer to it as "cough syrup."

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Käse Spätzle: German Mac and Cheese

Käse Spätzle is a speciality found in southern Germany. I think the best description for it is "German mac and cheese". Whatever you call it, it's delicious!

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Celebrating German Unity Day…Or Not

My surprise that German Unity Day (Oct 3rd) celebrations are surprisingly difficult to find in Germany.

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Barefoot Park – Germany’s Quirkiest Attraction?

You don't have to walk over fire, but you do walk over pieces of glass - barefoot. Could you master the trail at Barefoot Park?

An Expat’s Response to “Germany is the least funny country in the world”

To the 30,000 people who responded that "Germany is the least funny country in the world" I say you haven't spent enough time in Germany to see that Germans can be funny!

Celebrating Birthdays in Germany vs Canada

Tomorrow is my birthday and it would be the first time I'm celebrating it in Germany, except that I'll be in Winchester, England. But if I was celebrating it in Germany, there are four things that would be different...

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Maypole Celebrations in Germany

If you happen to see a giant tree colorfully decorated tree in May, chances are it's not a Christmas tree but a Maypole, so why not check out the Maypole celebration going along with it?

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Why My First Visit to a German Sauna Will Be My Last One

My first visit to a German sauna, will likely also be my last one. After finding out that everyone is nude, I needed to overcome my prudish tendencies.

Culture Shock in a German Hospital

Would you use a bed pan in public? Just one example of culture shock I experienced in a German hospital.

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Why I’m Afraid to Have Surgery in Germany

Would you want to be change your clothes in front of a stranger? I don't, which is why I'm afraid to have surgery in Germany.

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Why I Was Scared to Buy a Wedding Dress in Germany

I know the wedding dress is one of the first things brides-to-be start looking for, but I avoided it and was actually dreading it...because I was afraid of German sales clerks.

Celebrating Old Womens Day in Germany

Old Woman's Day is actually a day of Girl Power, I could hardly wait!

The Charming Disappearing Houses in Northern Germany

One of my favorite type of traditional house found in Northern Germany is in danger of disappearing - the thatched roof house.

Cultural Assimilation – Why I Refuse to Live on the Fringe

I thought I was doing a decent job of culturally assimilating into Germany - then I used the criteria I use to judge immigrants to Canada on culturally assimilating and realized I failed miserably.

Food And Drink in Germany Vs. Canada

There are many similarities between food and drink in Germany and in Canada but the longer I stay in Germany, the more subtle differences I notice.  Here are my top ten food ...