Who am I? My name is Ellie and live in Nürnberg, Deutschland, with my hilarious German husband.  I’m a pastry chef and a librarian. Also, I’m a bit of a writer (at least when I work at it).

Here are some factoids about me, I:

  • can be a bit of a homebody, and sometimes I get ideas to knit and paint. These are all very bad and dangerous ideas, and if I ever write that I’m thinking of taking up these hobbies, please remind me of this.
  • hate peas, the smell, the look… everything about them.
  • would unfortunately be the good-intentioned villain in a superhero movie.
  • make up songs throughout the day just to annoy The German. For revenge, The German pretends not to hear or understand English sometimes just to annoy me. It works.
  • spend an inordinate amount of time laughing about odds and ends, that out of context looks quite strange. If you ever meet me and I’m laughing about something, just laugh along so I feel like less of a weirdo.
  • love Star Wars, Star Trek (although not religiously), Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, everything X-Men, Dune, the Marvel universe, Batman….. I do not like Superman though, go figure.
  • am that person at the party that usually doesn’t understand the joke, but laughs as if I did and then thinks about it for hours later.
  • can talk about food, baking. cooking and such till I’m blue in the face. I read Bon Appetit, and spend a crazy amount of time in the kitchen perfecting a recipe.
  • am always on the lookout for new friends, so feel free to message me/comment, and I will get back to you!

39 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Ellie!
    I’m looking to move to Germany to be with my German boyfriend this coming summer and I’ve been googling around to get some information and I stumbled across your blog…First let me just say I love it! I totally identify with you (and appreciate you interest in TV-Gilmore Girls etc) but I was wondering how you went about getting a work visa?
    I’m 22 and just graduated from college. I’m trying to get my TESOL certification so I can come and teach English. It’s just so overwhelming….bahhhh.
    Best Wishes!

    1. Hey Carly!
      Well I applied to English speaking jobs just before I left and scored an interview for after my arrival. The whole thing was very risky haha. I got the job though and my boyfriend and I, and my job and I, did all the paperwork for the visa. After three tedious months of waiting and doing paperwork, it came through and I got the three year visa. I feel really lucky. However, you will have a much easier time at it than I did if you have your TESOL; there are so many schools wanting to hire English speakers and in fact all of the other expats I know are freelance English teachers. Their process for a visa is a little less intense than mine. AND say you move here and you don’t have your TESOL yet or a job yet, take German classes. They’ll give you a temp visa for that.

      Good luck!!! If you move here, I hope you let me know and if there is ever anything I can help with you, let me know that too. Best wishes!

  2. Hey Ellie, awesome blog! I’m looking for young Germans to appear in a new documentary for MTV…could I email you a bit more information? Hoping you may be able to put me in touch with a few!

    1. Thanks very much! Sure, I can think of a few young Germans you might be interested in. I’ll send you an email.

  3. Hi Ellie. Hpe you enjoy your time in Germany. I am planning to move back to Germany in 2 months, lived near Munich for almost 3 years and will come to Nurnberg. Can you let me know some details about living in Nurnberg and working there? Finished my bachelor degree in Marketing and Masters Degree in Management (In germany, but in english) so my german skills are not that great unfortunatelly.

    How are the rents there in terms or prices? Looking for a 1-room apt, maximum 500E/month, is it doable? Also, the jobs there, were you able to find jobs without being fluent in German? Just discovered your blog and probably you wrote about these issues but figured I could also ask here. Thanks a lot!

    1. My response would be to use resources for expats to answer your questions. Although I can be somewhat helpful, I cannot tell you the specifics about your chances of finding a job or the typical rent…. so http://www.expatica.com/de/essentials_moving_to.html
      You should be able to find some answers wandering through sites made for this purpose. Good luck!

  4. Pretty entertaining blog. Have a question for you. After I finish school I’m thinking about moving to Germany and I’m a white man interested in black women and was curious what are the chances ( I’m not sure if this is the correct term for the question) of me meeting a black woman over there?

    1. Ha! I’m also not sure how to respond to that- thanks for giving my blog a gander and the chances (I’d say) aren’t that high. There are black women over here, but mostly they are Africans, and I’m not entirely sure they would identify themselves as African women. Know what I mean? If you are looking for black American women, then you’d especially have a rough time of it.

  5. Hello Ellie,

    Thank you for your honest raw outlook on leaving in Germany. My family recently moved to Bonn. My husband took a post-doctoral position. It’s been hard to adapt to the new culture shock and having limited American friends. So I enjoy reading your blog. It’s makes it easier to relate to others experiencing living aboard. Best wishes.


  6. Hey Elie!
    Well, I just read a bit and I really enjoyed\related. I’m also a “non-German” who lives in Germany. Actually I’m also married to a German and since I moved here, me and my wife have all sorts of weird experiences and we decided to write about it, and maybe, just maybe, we can find someone to laugh about it together.

    Have a good one,


  7. Hi Ellie! Your blog got referenced to on toytowngermany and that’s how I found you! I enjoy your stories 🙂 I read your latest post today. I, too, moved to Germany for love – except my husband is actually American, just working here in Nuremberg. About 2 years ago too! And nah, still not feeling at home. But I’m an avid home baker too, so having a passion to indulge in helps 🙂 I felt like I related with you today through your writing so I wanted to leave a note

    1. Thanks so much for your note! I know at some point this might feel like home to us, hopefully sooner than later. If you ever want to meet up, feel free to message me at aliedow@gmail.com.

  8. Hey Ellie!
    I found a link to your blog while lurking on Toytown. I swear, some of your posts made me feel like I was reading out of my own diary! I’m a half-Filipino/half-white New Englandah living in Nuernberg with my German boyfriend of (nearly) 4 years. I love my international friends that I’ve met through the university, but after over a year here I’m itching to get to know some other US expats–especially since I’m planning on making my stay long-term.

    Feel free to get in touch!

  9. Hi Ellie,
    I really enjoyed reading some of your blog. I also married a german and have beem living here for a little over two years. I currently live far enough away from the Stuttgart area for it not to be considered an “international hotspot”. I appreciate your take on things which are hard for me to put into comprehensible thoughts. I look forward to your next musings and getting to chat on here a bit.

  10. Dear Ellie,

    we read your blog with interest. We are an international team of filmmakers who would like to bring to your attention our documentary-feature film ‘I (HEART) BERLIN which is a road trip journey from Berlin (Germany) through to several Berlins in the USA.

    It is the first movie to show and document German-American culture to an old and young audience all over the world. Our film takes you to 14 different Berlins in the United States introducing their American inhabitants. From the largest Amish community in the States, Berlin Ohio, via Berlin, Massachusetts, to New Berlin, Texas: on this journey you will meet the most amazing people: a cowboy, a linguistic professors, a fighter jet pilot instructor, a dairy farmer, a speech writer, a funeral home owners and many more.
    I (HEART) BERLIN is an investigation in to the very heart of German descendants in the US and the importance of their roots today.
    Seen that you’re an American ‘expat’ living in Germany, we think that our docu is of great interest for you.

    For any further info about our project, please do check our film webpage (http://iheartberlin-documentary.com) and Indiegogo campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-heart-berlin-film/x/4409442).
    It is greatly appreciated if you can spread the word around about I (Heart) Berlin and support us. You find us on Twitter & Facebook: https://twitter.com/MindpuzzleFilmshttps://www.facebook.com/IheartBerlinfilm

    Many thanks,
    The team of I (Heart) Berlin.

  11. Hello und Guten Tag! 🙂

    Since your blog is about life in Germany/ German culture I thought you might be interested in my YouTube channel (MeisterLehnsherr) on which I teach about the German language and culture!

    Here are some of my more recent videos:

    10 Things I Hate About Germany (10 Things I Love About Germany comes next week):

    How to be German:

    German Slang Letter J (Breaking Bad Edition):

    10 German Chocolates:

    Learn German for Beginners – Lesson 01 – The Alphabet:

    Thank you for your time! I’d really love to hear your opinion and feedback! Find me on Facebook if you like: https://www.facebook.com/GetGermanized

    Kind regards,

  12. Hey Ellie,

    My name is Jemma Macmillan and I am part of the marketing team for Cape Town Opera.
    Cape Town Opera is staging an all-african cast production of the original opera Mandela Trilogy at the Deutches Theatre from the 4th to the 15th of June.
    I would like to get the word out about the Opera so everyone involved has a great time and any ex-pats living in Munich have the opportunity to experience this wonderful show.
    Would you be able to advertise or write about this Opera on your website? Any mention would be fantastic, and I (and the whole opera cast) would be very appreciative.

    For more information please visit http://www.mandelatrilogy.co.za or
    or don’t hesistate to get hold of me


    Jemma Macmillan

  13. Hi Allie… I found your blog through Liv’s and was reading a bit… I am so sorry about your experiences in German Hospitals… as a tourist who was born in Germany (but doesn’t speak the language) I’ve never had a bad experience or encounter in the 3 times I’ve visited in the last 10 years… but there was this one Russian lady at the car rental place that had nothing good to say about Germans or Germany, LOL.. hopefully she’s found a more agreeable place to live by now.
    I look forward to future blog entries and your unique take on life in Germany. My family and I… (wife, 2 daughters, and grandson) are planning a trip in August staying near Würzburg and I’m sure we’ll be visiting Nürnburg at least once during our stay.. one of my favorite places to re-visit.
    You have a beautiful baby,
    All the best,

  14. Hey Allie,
    I just read your blog. Its so interesting, i am a german myself and can see that some aspects are kind of different from an american perspective =) just different I guess…
    I am currently writing on my master thesis about the image of and the feelings towards germany and the effect on ones intention to (re)visit germany or recommend germany as a travel destination. My target group are americans (as you guys apparently make up 10% of the tourists in germany… =) ) and I was wondering if you could be so kind as to provide some of your friends with the link to my questionnaire… I would highly appreciate it and it will only take 5 minutes max to fill it in….
    if you have any questions concerning the area of mainz.. or ever plan to visit somewhere here.. let me know… i will happily answer you questions or give recommendations…

  15. Hello, Allie! I stumbled across your blog as I was googling mine and found yours to be hilarious! I haven’t read through all of your posts and so I don’t know where in the States that you are from, but I am from New England. Anyway, I am just happy to have found another expat with a sense of humor who is blogging about their experiences in Germany. Keep it up and who knows; maybe we’ll run into each other someday. Mergentheim and Nürnberg aren’t that far apart. Tchuss!

  16. Hi Allie, I am an American living in Memmingen. My husband is a native German and I can relate to your blogs. We have only been here since June and I am trying to find an international community here in the Memmingen area. If you know of any, I would love to connect. Thanks for your blog, it is helpful!

  17. Hi, Allie… oh well, I have a long distance bf from Germany.. and I find him very attractive and intelligent.. it just that he is peculiar sometimes and quite childish.. so sometimes we argue but then we just both laugh after.. I wonder why he forgets my name, he said that name is not important coz he always call me ‘love’ or ‘sweetheart’, he said that relationship is more important.. I find his views very difficult to understand coz I came from the Philippines so here, we value the names of each other.. I just want to ask if this is normal?thanks for your help. hope u will reply soon..

  18. Dear Ellie,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Germany, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

  19. Hi. Interesting blog you got here. You’re quite the writer. I live in Germany with my German girlfriend as well, and find ze Germans to be nice and fun people who only open up after some time. I only have one question though: why the pea hating? :O

  20. Hi Allie!
    This is the first time I’ve commented on a blog, but I stumbled across yours and it’s fantastic. My husband and I moved to Nuremberg 8 weeks ago, and I’m definitely experiencing a lot of the things you have written about. If possible, could I shoot you an email with some questions?

  21. Hi Ellie, I am writing to you from Expatica. We have read and enjoyed your blog and would like to discuss reposting some of your content (our site receives about 3 million views per month). Please do send me an email if you are interested.

  22. Dear Ellie,

    I contact you regarding my email below for an interview for ExpatFinder.com.
    I would like to know if you could complete the attached questionnaire. Like I told you previously, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website and this interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers.

    Best regards,

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