Much like chain emails back in the early 2000’s, some bloggers like to send around “awards” to each other that come with a set of questions for their nominees to answer. I have never taken part in one of these awards yet, but after being nominated a handful of times, I figured it was time to participate 🙂
This particular award is called the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers.” I was nominated by American FaultierConfuzzledom, and Ami in Schwabenland. Each of them created ten questions, but since I am lazy, and 30 questions seem like it would be a lot for people to read, I have selected my favorite from each of my nominators.
I will start with Jennifer’s questions:
How did you come up with your blog’s name?
As many of you probably know, my blog used to be called Courtney the Ami – “Ami” is the German abbreviation for “American.” I really didn’t like the idea of labeling myself like that forever, though, so I changed the name of my blog to Welcome to Germerica – Germerica being the place where German and American culture combines.
What is your dream pet?
Definitely dog. I browse the local shelter’s website almost daily and dream about the day (hopefully in a year) when I finally get a dog of my own. If I could adopt a dog tomorrow, here would be my favorites that are currently at the shelter:


Sam2Sam Kopf


LjubaLjuba Kopf

SallySally Kopf

If you had the change to travel to space, would you go? Why or why not?
Maybe. If it was free (or I was super rich), I suppose it would be cool to look at the Earth from space.
If you had infinite money, what would your house look like?
If I am living with Marco, then I would want a master bedroom with 2 separate en suite bathrooms (think of all the fights that would be avoided). I would also have a big open kitchen – dining room – living room (which is hard to find in Germany). 

eBooks or paper books? Why?
Marco bought me a Kindle when I passed the TestDaF in February 2014. I have never bought a paper book since. I love my Kindle, and since I am a broke grad student right now, I always just download the free books from the Kindle store (at least I am reading something). 
Now for the questions from Beverley:
Why did you start your blog?
I started it once I made the decision to move to Germany as a way to keep my friends and family updated.
What is the best food you’ve ever had while travelling?
In 2012, Marco took me to Freiburg, which is where he used to study. While there, we went to a popular student restaurant called Brennessel. Now, this is a pretty cheap restaurant (they serve a huge serving of Spaghetti Bolognese for 1.80€ everyday from 18-19:30), but the pork chop I had there hit the right spot in an indescribable way. I still dream about the brown sauce that meat was smothered in…

If you could have a second home, where would it be and why?
This is maybe a boring answer, but I would have my second home in Chicago! Preferably one of those multi-million dollar brownstones in Lincoln Park.

If you were a ghost, which place would you haunt?
To this day, my mother still claims that a ghost haunted her childhood home. So, I think I would haunt my childhood home as well. Specifically, whoever is sleeping in my childhood bedroom (I always had nightmares about someone living in that closet).

Have you ever planned a trip just because a book/film was set there?
Not yet, but I have wanting to visit Bruges ever since watching the movie In Bruges.

And from Beth:

What is a blog post you wrote within the last year or two that you really like?

Probably the one about folding vs. crumpling toilet paper. It is such a mundane habit that you never even consider being culturally specific, but it turns out that it probably is! I loved hearing the responses from people about whether they fold or crumple too.

What type of blog post do you find the most difficult to write?
Anything personal or opinionated, which is why I often write more objective/factual posts about studying or living in Germany.
Is there a German TV show you enjoy watching?
Yes! My favorite German TV show is, without a doubt, Tatortreiniger. Don’t mistake it with the long-running German crime show Tatort. Der Tatortreiniger is about a man who cleans crime scenes, where he meets pretty eccentric characters or gets himself into some precarious situations. It’s hilarious. You should watch it (if you know German, that is, because I am not sure if subtitles are available).

Where are you on your journey of learning the language of the country in which you live?
If you were to look at my resume, you would see that I write “proficient” when describing my German fluency. I have passed the TestDaF, I am doing a German-language Master’s program, and I speak German on a daily basis. Am I perfect? No. I still have a lot of room for improvement, but my German is good enough for all of that…

Which dialect (of any language) do you really enjoy listening to?
My favorite German dialect is probably Fränkisch, which is the dialect from the region in Bavaria known as Franken. I think the way they roll their “R” is so cute, especially when they try to speak Hochdeutsch, but retain the rolled “R.” That’s my favorite. Marco is probably disappointed that I am not answering Schwäbisch (his native dialect), but I think it sounds like a dialect for inbred farmers (I apologize in advance to all of Marco’s family).

Now it is time for me to create 10 new questions and nominate new bloggers.

My questions:
1. What is the most unusual item you always have in your carry-on?
2. What is your favorite social media platform?
3. You are going on a weekend getaway 4 hours away. What do you prefer: driving, going by train, or flying?
4. What are you in the mood for: a relaxing beach vacation or a trip to a big city you have never visited before?
5. What is your favorite breakfast food?
6. Have you ever had a vacation destination not live up to your expectations?
7. What is your favorite non-US TV show?
8. You are going out for the evening with friends – what drink do you order?
9. What is your favorite souvenir that you bought on a trip?
10. And lastly, share your favorite inspirational quote!

My nominees:
Sarah at My German Life
San at The In Between is Mine
Caitlin at Life as an Ausländer