I’m not an award-winning blogger; I’m incredibly inconsistent with themes, I don’t travel enough around Europe to write posts about travel tips and such (how does everyone else afford it?!), I’m a bit of a homebody sometimes…. I like walking through parks but climbing mountains seems like a lot (more power to those hiking lovers out there though, you amaze me). I once, reluctantly, hiked down a mountain in Lake Tahoe and I thought- well this is a joyful experience. And then I realized I had to hike back up it, and that’s when things got real bad, real fast. Needless to say, after getting back to the top with many trials and tribulations, I opted out of doing that ever again.
I love traveling throughout Europe, but the German and I want to do that together and that is equal to about 2 trips a year. And the American trips are the (naturally) most exorbitant ones, since I don’t really have family or friends that I can stay with comfortably anymore. But all of this is ok, it just means I have a somewhat less exciting blog and expat experience. Add that to my detailing negative experiences that I thought I’d share with people because hey, someone might relate and have advice for me and….. you have the makings of a low-readership, low viewed, not that commented on blog. I wasn’t so self-conscious about it until I saw that quite a few of the blogs I know and read have double the readership, are winning awesome awards (all deserved of course!) and have very little negative things to say about the expat experience because 1. they’re extremely happy, or 2. they don’t get that personal. Maybe these are things I should be doing?
Either way, I changed the name of my blog because I do want to focus on more of the positive stuff like the fact that I married the hilarious German, and although I do have some negative experiences, they don’t make up my life abroad. I hope I never gave that impression either; it can be hard not to talk about cultural problems and misunderstandings when you live in a foreign country, but it is also really funny and exciting to talk about just how different we are all while also being quite the same.
The expat community over here in Germany is a lot bigger than I ever knew! You have CHICKhaus, HENhaus, English Stammtisch…. and people help each other!! When I didn’t know these existed, I struggled for answers to common things so I was usually searching away on Toytown Germany, which I’m told is not so nice, and googling everything. I also contacted other expats and tried meet-ups, and tried to make friends but only one or two ever responded, I think I somehow pushed them away or offended them? I’m not sure, I know I’m really sensitive and come off as overly exuberant with wanting to be friends… at any rate, there are some super nice communities out there that are willing to help and want to meet up! Although if you’re not an idiot like me, you probably found those out a while ago 🙂
Other things: Roxy Renaissance Cinema in Nürnberg is up and going, and having met the owner, by far one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, I just want to say go and support your local cinema! Most of these movies are in their original English and it has this funky retro feel to it that all older cinemas have; also, why not get a group of friends together and dress up in your 20’s best and go see The Great Gatsby there? Think of how much fun that’d be? Also, Columbia Bakery Cafe, which I mentioned last week, in Fürth is awesome. Best bagels and American sweets you’ll find outside of America, (although let’s be serious, it’s just a great bakery in every sense). So here’s what I’m thinking: we should all get together and go see The Great Gatsby wearing some fun outfits after picking up some cupcakes at Columbia… who’s with me?
This was my random post, and thanks to all the readers out there that are with me on this journey of not only being an expat, but as I try to do something different. Please feel free to write comments on any changes you think I should make, and any tips you might have. Thanks very much!!
And as I told The German my plans he only warned me to not make him a celebrity like Britney Spears, but he’s ok with signing autographs.