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.

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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!

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.

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.

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!

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...

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?

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 ...

Hungry in Germany? Look for a Broomstick!

It was dark outside and I shivered in my coat walking in an unfamiliar neighborhood alone on the look out....for a broom.  Brooms are not so easy to spot when it's dark outside ...

Canadian Habits in Germany

I'm a big believer of the old saying "When in Rome, do as the Romans do", but there are a few Canadian habits that I just can't shake in Germany.