As of today, I have lived for three years in Germany. That’s right, it’s my 3 year anniversary as an expat! And let me tell you, it was the best year yet!

Now that it has become tradition (1st anniversary, 2nd anniversary), I will now give a run down of all the things I have seen and accomplished in this past year.

July 2015

My German driver's license

August 2015

Invalid German visa

September 2015

  • Marco and I celebrated our four-year anniversary!
Homemade Reese's peanut butter cups

October 2015

USA Haul

November 2015

  • For Thanksgiving weekend, Marco took me on a little vacation to the Baltic Sea, where he asked me to marry him (and I said yes)!
  • By the way, this was also my FOURTH Thanksgiving in Germany! 

December 2015

  • I stayed in Germany for Christmas this year, spending time with Marco’s family in Nuremberg (even though they’re not from Nuremberg).
  • We spent New Year’s Eve at home in L├╝neburg, where I did lead pouring for the first time and lit off some fireworks in the street!

January 2016

My M├╝ller meter

February 2016

March 2016

  • I successfully finished my third semester of grad school in Germany! If only I hadn’t mistakenly taken a class that didn’t end up counting towards my degree, this would have been my very last time taking classes…
  • I also started tutoring two German teenagers (13 and 15 years old) in English this month, which has ended up being a lot of fun!

April 2016

  • Marco and I spent Easter in his hometown in Southern Germany, where I tried driving stick shift again. It went quite well, and I even drove four hours on the Autobahn!
Learning to drive stick shift in Germany

May 2016

  • Marco and I were quite busy requesting, collecting, and translating documents for our marriage application
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    June 2016

    • UEFA European Championships started (but Germany lost in the semifinals)
    • I was nominated for an academic award at my university for the “best foreign student” (spoiler: I won and received the award in July)

    July 2015

    • I won the award!

    And today, on July 24th, I have reached my 3-year anniversary living in Germany. What a crazy 3 years it has been.

    Here’s to another great year!