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!
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...