Getting Married in Germany: Registering a Marriage

Over 5 months after our first meeting at the German registry office, my German fiancé and I went back again today to officially register our marriage! As I wrote in my previous post about getting married in Germany, we had to collect the following documents on our own: ✓ Foreign birth certificate with name of parents [with Apostille] & German translation (me)✓ Copy from the birth register (German fiancé)✓ Copy of passport✓ Proof of income Ordering the birth certificate, getting an Apostille for it, and then getting it all translated took the most time, but it was all relatively painless. Continue Reading

My 3 Year Expat Anniversary!

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 I got my German driver’s license! I still don’t use it very often, but at least I have it… August 2015 After working for a full year at the same company, I had my last day Continue Reading

30 before 30, Update #1

I turned 26 last week! Yay! Last year, when I turned 25, I made a 30 before 30 list — that is, a list of 30 goals I want to accomplish before I turn 30 years old. Now is the time to check in and see what progress I’ve made! 1. Finish my Master’s degreeCurrently writing my thesis! Assuming I pass, I will definitely be able to check this off by next year! 6. Read 100 booksLast year, my Goodreads profile was at 56 books. Now I’m at 71, which means I’ve read 16 books in the past year. That’s not a Continue Reading

Forest Kindergarten in Germany

Would you send your 3-year-old to daycare in the middle of the forest? Even in the middle of winter?  The Germans do. Although not the most common kind of daycare in Germany, forest kindergarten (Waldkindergarten) is an increasingly popular form of daycare for young children to play, explore, and learn outside before having to start school when they turn 6 years old. Forest kindergartens have existed in Germany for nearly 50 years and are a state-recognized form of daycare. Today, there are over 1,000 forest kindergartens throughout Germany. For the past three years, I have lived across the street from Continue Reading