Category: Life As an American Expat

How to Properly Watch Germany win the 2014 World Cup

I will honestly admit that I did not grow up a soccer fan.  In the US, soccer is a very popular sport played by kids, as proven by the popularity of the "Soccer Mom".  But, as kids grow up, they seem to stop playing soccer and move on to other interests.  And, the best teams ...

I Have Learned Why in America that Sometimes It Is Necessary to Press #2 for Spanish

This is a follow-up post to my earlier one regarding the challenges of learning German.  I wanted to have a separate post that related to that topic, as this topic warrants its own preaching moment from my soap box....so, here it goes.... There is a famous quote by Mark Twain that goes like this: “Travel ...

Do You Know What the Longest German Word Is? Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz — Yes, German Is Easy!

YES!!!  This is an actual, real German word!!!  So, you can imagine where the topic of this post is going to go -- LOL!! BLOG POST PREFACE:  While I complain here about how hard it is to learn the German language, I can understand how hard it is to learn English also.  I mean you ...

See the German Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Ludwigshafen, Germany

The month of December is a wonderful time in Germany.  Most Christmas traditions we have in the States originate from Germany.  The Christmas Tree, most Christmas Carols, the types of Christmas decorations....even the tradition of Santa Claus has been influenced by German tradition. Almost every village in Germany has a Christmas Market (called Weihnachtsmarkt in ...

See the German Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Neuleingen, Germany

Thanks to our friend Gesine, we visited a very unique Weihnachtsmarkt today. Almost every village, town, and city has their own Wiehnachtsmarkt (or Christmas Market). Some cities have several, and they are open through the day and into the evening from the end of November until Christmas. Most have vendors selling crafts, foods, candy, etc ...

This Is Why Autumn Is My Favorite Time to Visit Germany

Autumn is a beautiful time in Germany! The change in color is amazing with the leaves blending in perfectly with the architecture of the German timber buildings. There are hundreds of vineyards where we live, and all of the grape leaves have changed into this golden yellow color. These pictures were taken by Amanda's Mom, ...