How We Met (His Side)

My German fiancé and I met five years ago in September of 2011 during my study abroad trip to Germany. Last week, I told my side of the story. As promised, this week is Marco’s turn. Without further ado, here is Marco’s side of the story, written by the man himself: The night I met Courtney started when I went to watch soccer at a sports bar with a few of my coworkers. VfB Stuttgart was playing SC Freiburg. I just looked it up online, and it looks like Stuttgart won (although I don’t actually remember the game). After the Continue Reading

Our 5th Anniversary | How We Met (Her Side)

I met my German fiancé five years ago, in September of 2011. In those five years, we survived a long distance relationship, moved in together, got engaged, and are now planning our wedding! The one thing that I have never talked about on this blog, though, is how we met. Today, I will share my side of the story. Then, if you come back next week, you can read Marco’s side.  I came to Germany for a semester-long study abroad program on August 30, 2011. Although I was at a German university, all of the Americans took classes together. So, Continue Reading

When a German Tries to Fill Out a Map of the USA

There are 50 states in the USA. Do you know all of their names? Do you know where they all are? I had my German fiancé fill out a blank map of the U.S. to see how well he knows my home country. To start off with, Marco had nothing but this blank map of the U.S. and a pen. The first states he filled out were the ones he had visited: before we met, Marco had already taken two U.S. vacations to Florida and New York. Since we have met, he has been to Illinois four times. Other easy ones for Continue Reading

Getting Married in Germany: The Required Documents

If you didn’t already know, I am getting married! Since I am marrying a German in Germany, however, this process is much more bureaucratic than romantic (at least for now). The German fiance and I scheduled our first appointment at the local Standesamt (registry office) for Monday, February 15th at 10:00 a.m. This made for a very exciting Valentine’s Day, as we were anticipating what would happen on the following day. What documents do we need to get married in Germany? Will I need to go to the American embassy? How much money will it all cost? Can we set Continue Reading

Marrying Young in Germany

If you didn’t already know, my German boyfriend asked me to marry him, thus becoming my German fiancé. Exciting, right?! While I have received nothing but congratulations and excitement from my family and close friends, I have noticed some questionable reactions from some of my German peers. Marco and I have been together for nearly 5 years. We love each other. We have decided we want to be together for the rest of our lives. So, he asked me to marry him. But that’s not the part the Germans have a problem with. The problem is that I am only 25 Continue Reading