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Thursday, July 24, 2014

My 1 Year Expat Anniversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of my move to Germany. This has been a very big year for me, and a lot has happened. So, I figured I would take this time to reflect on my expat life so far.

July 2013

  • On July 24th, I flew to Germany on a one-way ticket from Chicago to Hamburg

August 2013


September 2013


  • I started taking a C1/C2 TestDaF-prep course at the local VHS, and Marco gave my first Schultüte after class
  • Marco and I celebrated our 2-year anniversary

October 2013


November 2013



December 2013


January 2014

  • Marco and I celebrated New Year's together for the first time ever! 
  • I experienced the mind-blowing deliciousness of raclette for the first time as well
  • The rear window of Marco's car was mysteriously smashed one morning

February 2014


March 2014

  • I received my results from the TestDaF

April 2014

  • Marco and I celebrated Easter together for the first time

May 2014


June 2014


July 2014

    And now, it is July again already. During this past year, I never actually left Germany one time. I have really adopted it as my home, at least for now.

    As I write this, I also cannot help but to think about what will be included on this list if I make it again one year from now. But my parents are currently visiting for two weeks, so I do not have any time for that right now.

    Until next time...

    12 comments:

    1. This is fantastic! I am not sure how I stumbled on your blog....but I call myself a Germerican. I have lived in the US for the past 20 years and am currently temporarily in London before going back....but best of all: Lueneburg - my hometown :) Awesome.

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      1. Lüneburg is your hometown! How cool!

        Whenever I have visa issues (which happens about every 3-6 months) my German boyfriend and I talk about what we would include in our dream country of "Germerica" (which has all of the best things from the U.S. and Germany). You would be welcome to come live there with us ;)

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    2. C1/C2? Wow, dann kannst du Deutsch ja fließend! Respekt! I love the idea of summarizing a year like that! What it is you're going to study at Leuphana? I thought about studying there myself once as Lüneburg seems to be so beautiful!!

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      1. ;) Danke! It was fun to put this together and look back on the whole year. I am thinking about studying Kulturwissenschaften. Nothing is 100% yet, but we will see... Lüneburg is definitely a beautiful town.

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    3. I remember reading about some of those experiences you mention! love your summary I'll consider it for our expat anniversary in october! :)

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      1. It definitely made me realize why I love blogging. It was so nice to just look back at my archive of posts and see when all of the big events of the past year happened!

        I look forward to reading yours in October ;)

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    4. Eeeek happy anniversary! You've accomplished a ton in a year. Will your masters be in German?

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      1. I haven't committed to a program yet, but all of the ones I applied to are in German.

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    5. Laughing @ Germerican ... My german bf and I joke about how in America we say "I'm german, Italian etc..." So german bf said "what would our kid be?....hence Germerican." And I agree we need to have a new country named Germerica!

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      1. Yeah! Everyone is welcome, and visas aren't required!

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    6. This is such a sweet post! I almost started tearing up thinking about my own Germany experience. Good luck in the future!

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      1. Thank you so much! It is crazy to think back to all of the ups and downs. I hope you have had many more ups than downs in your journey ;)

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