My 4 Year Expat Anniversary!

Four years ago today, I flew to Germany on a one-way ticket and haven’t left (for more than two weeks) ever since. And this past year of my expat life has been the biggest one yet! When I first came to Germany in July 2013, my main motivation was to pursue my Master’s degree. Well (spoiler alert!), I accomplished that at the end of 2016, which meant that I had to decide whether I would go back to my home country or stay in my adoptive one. If you know anything about me, then you know this decision wasn’t very Continue Reading

Tex-Mex Pizza with Hot Dog-Stuffed Crust | “American” Food Taste Test

Once every couple months, each of the German discount grocery stores (Lidl, Aldi, Penny, etc.) has an “American week” where they sell American-branded food products. These specialty weeks are a great opportunity for us American expats to pick up typical American goodies like salted popcorn and peanut butter. However, they also carry some food abominations that even the US hasn’t even had the audacity to create. Penny’s most recent “American week” included this masterpiece, and I just had to try it  out: Tex-Mex Pizza with Hot Dog-Stuffed Crust This mix of American/Mexican/Italian/German cuisine was so baffling, I posted a picture Continue Reading

An American’s Experience with German Public Healthcare

When I began my master’s studies in Germany, I also enrolled in German public healthcare. At that time, I wrote a (somewhat naive) blog post about my first experience with German public healthcare. This is an update to that post. Since I was a student at the time, I was only paying the student rate for public healthcare (about 80€ per month). Since I also have a chronic disease, I was taking much more out of the public healthcare system than I was putting in. While most German-taxpayers were compassionate and understanding of my situation, I did piss a few Continue Reading

Finding a Full-Time Job in Germany (a Foreigner’s Experience)

Hey guys, guess what…. I OFFICIALLY HAVE A BIG GIRL FULL-TIME POST-GRADUATION JOB!!! pic.twitter.com/F3eZAA0zJE — Courtney (@courtneydmartin) March 24, 2017 That’s right, after graduating with my Master’s degree from a German university in December 2016, I finally found a full-time job in my field! In fact, today is my first day at my new job (wish me luck!). Wanting to be as real with my readers as possible, this post will review my experience with applying to and interviewing for full-time jobs in Germany. First, the hard facts:Length of my job search: 3 monthsNumber of jobs I applied to: 24Number Continue Reading

Our Germerican Wedding Reception

I married my German husband on December 30, 2016 in a beautiful wedding ceremony in the Lüneburg Water Tower. After the ceremony, we celebrated our marriage in a small reception in the historic Lüner Mühle – a restaurant and hotel located directly on the river in an old mill built in the 14th century. The celebration actually began with a short reception on the top of the water tower, which is where we met our guests after the ceremony. Marco’s father, an avid flag collector, also gave us our first wedding gift! 😀 Couples that get married in the Lüneburg Continue Reading

Our Germerican Wedding Ceremony

On December 30, 2016, I married my [German] husband in a small civil wedding ceremony in Lüneburg, Germany. Since we had planned a winter wedding in Northern Germany, we were never expecting nice weather. In fact, the days prior to the wedding were the typical gray, cold, rainy weather we are used to. However, the skies cleared for one single day in late December, and that was the day of our wedding. The ceremony was held in the city’s historic water tower. My husband, Marco, arrived at the venue before me and greeted our guests as they arrived. This was Continue Reading

How I Found a New Apartment in Germany

After graduating with my Master’s degree, I felt like I was moving into a new stage of my life. I’m no longer a student. I will soon begin a full-time job. I’m married! To mark this new stage of life, I also decided it was time to move. So, that’s what I did! Unfortunately, I live in a very popular city where there are a lot more people looking to rent apartments than there are apartments to rent. With a little patience and a lot of luck, however, I was able to find an amazing apartment. Here is how I Continue Reading

5 Reasons NOT to Study Abroad in Germany

Reasons Not to Study Abroad in Germany

I’m not going to sugar coat things. While the experience of studying abroad in Germany can be amazing, it is not for everyone. So, especially if you are considering pursuing your entire Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Germany, maybe you should first consider these reasons for NOT studying abroad in Germany. I studied abroad in Germany for one semester during my Bachelor’s and then came back to Germany to complete my entire Master’s degree. And while I write a lot about all the great things about studying abroad in Germany, I think it’s important that I tell you the not-so-great Continue Reading

Floating Candles | Mistranslation Monday

One afternoon, not too long ago, I was browsing Pinterest with my girlfriend from Lithuania (as stereotypical ladies do). And as you can imagine (and as evidenced by my other Mistranslation Monday posts), mistranslations are quite common when us two non-German women spend the day speaking German with each other. Anyways, as we were browsing Pinterest, my friend found a lovely centerpiece that we thought would be perfect for a winter wedding. It looked something like this: After thinking about all the different flowers and greenery we could put in the water, we starting talking about where we could buy Continue Reading