Finding an Apartment in Germany

Marco and I will get the keys to our new apartment tomorrow, October 31st! So before the craziness of moving and unpacking and organizing and decorating begins, I will take this moment to describe what it was like finding an apartment in Germany. Here are some aspects of the apartment hunt I experienced in Germany, how they compare to finding an apartment in the U.S., and which country makes it easier. Searching for an Apartment Online ✓ Germany Marco and I mostly searched for apartments in the Internet. By far the largest database of apartments is on Immobilien Scout 24. The apartments Continue Reading

How to Make Wurstsalat #2

Marco and I decided to try making Wurstsalat again. This time, however, we had to do it without the pre-sliced Lyoner that we picked up last time in Southern Germany. Instead, we got Fleischwurst. I did some research to figure out the difference between Fleischwurst and Lyoner, and here is what I found: Fleischwurst, known as German Bologna outside of Germany, differs from traditional bologna due to various seasonings, most typically from garlic being added to the recipe. Other varieties, such as the French variation “Saucisse de Lyon,” which is known as Lyoner in Germany and Switzerland, usually do not Continue Reading

Moldy Salami

There is nothing that makes me happier to be living in Germany than the moldy salami (sorry, Marco). This may be a bit of an exaggeration, but when I was back in the U.S., people would often ask me, “Courtney, what do you miss most about Germany?” After contemplating this question for a few days, I came to always respond, “The moldy salami.” While I am sure this kind of meat does exist in some kind of specialty meat shop somewhere in the U.S., it certainly isn’t readily available at the local grocery store. During the few trips to the Continue Reading

My Addiction: Nutella and Peanut Butter

It’s been rainy in Lüneburg lately, and as I have sat inside working on my computer, I have developed a new addition: peanut butter and Nutella. Well, as you can see from the picture I don’t actually have Nutella, but rather the store brand “schoko-creme”. This is basically Nutella and a milk creme swirled together (really delicious). Also, you can see that Germany doesn’t really do peanut butter. It is typically marketed as “American food”, which you can see by the American flag on the jar and the fact that it is in English. So basically, I just dip my Continue Reading

My German Language Course Visa

About 3 weeks after I applied for my language course visa (Sprachkursvisum), I got a letter in the mail that I can pick it up at the registration office. I think it looks really cool. Notice how they even put a hologram of my face on it? Since my visa is valid for over 6 months, I have to carry the plastic ID card, the paper stating what my visa allows me to do (Zusatzblatt), and my passport. I understand why most people opt to get the sticker in their passport instead, but since my visa is for 6 months+, Continue Reading

My First Time Making Wurstsalat

One of Marco’s favorite meals and a common dish in Southern Germany is Wurstsalat. This translates to sausage salad. Sounds great, right? Well, if you aren’t a meat-lover, you will probably not find this recipe or these pictures very appetizing. I have grown to love this dish, though. So while we were visiting Marco’s family, we picked up some pre-sliced meat to make Wurstsalat when we got back home. Wurstsalat is usually made with a type of bologna known as Lyoner. We purchased turkey Lyoner. I then began thinly slicing a block of Emmentaler (Swiss cheese). When Wurstsalat is made Continue Reading