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Friday, July 24, 2015

My 2 Year Expat Anniversary!

Today marks 2 straight years of living in Germany! While I feel like I should say something like, "The time has gone by so fast! I can't believe it's already been two years!" I am actually feeling the opposite. It's more like, "Only two years? I feel like I've been living here for at least 5!"

I suppose that is just because of all the things that have happened in these past two years. I flew to Germany on a one-way ticket on July 24, 2013. If you want to see a review of everything that happened in my first year, check out my one year anniversary post.

Here is a look back at my second year in Germany.

July 2014

  • My parents visited for two weeks, and we made a lovely tour through Germany
  • Germany won the world cup! Best of all, this happened while my parents were here, so we all got to celebrate together

August 2014

September 2014

  • I celebrated my 3-year anniversary since coming to Germany for the first time to study abroad in 2011!

October 2014

November 2014

December 2014

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

April 2015

May 2015

June 2015

  • Marco and I tested our American and German dialects
  • I got all of my grades back from my first semester of grad school, and I did (actually a little bit better than) average!

July 2015

And here we are in July 2015! I am done with classes for my second semester, but I still have 6 term papers to write (wish me luck and lots of productivity). It's crazy to think about how different my life is right now (read: more stressful) than one year ago. But I am very happy to be where I am, and hope that my update in one year from now will include finishing up my Master's degree and getting ready for a successful job hunt!

Here's to another great year in Germany!


            1. Hi Courtney,
              I've been reading your blog for a while now as it is just so smooth to read, and I love your stories!
              Reading this post, I just realized I came to Germany on the exact same date as you :) I worked in the US for a year and came back on July 24, 2013.. I thought this was pretty funny haha :)
              Tons of luck for your term papers, I know how much work that is.. ^^
              Love Franzi xx

            2. Thanks for the compliments!

              Funny that we traveled on the same day (between the two best countries in the world ;) ) 2 years ago!

            3. Waay!! Congratulations! You've been in Germany about a month longer than I've been living in Ireland, and reading your updates here it just sounds so similar! Hahaha congratulations and good luck on everything! (I'm struggling to finish my Masters dissertation in Ireland right now!! - good vibes appreciated here too xx)

            4. Lucky! I still have a year to go. But good luck on finishing your thesis, and (I assume) beginning the job hunt very soon!

            5. Haha thanks!! Well, actually, I accepted a slightly more than part-time offer at the dance studio where I've been working here the last year, and I'm going to freelance as a sound engineer (I'm doing Music Tech in college). But I'm actually going to start my own company hopefully by January as well, so luck is definitely still needed <3 <3 haha What are you studying??

            6. Starting your own company?! I wish you the very best of luck!

              I study digital media, and have been working for the past year at a school at my university that offers open online courses. Who knows where the job search (which will start in a year) takes me though :)

            7. Ooh nice, sounds like great work! Ah sure, if there's one thing I've learned while living in Ireland is that decisions don't necessarily need to be set in stone years in advanced the way we do back home. Hahaha here, opportunities arise every day that need an immediate answer, and it's so easy to be facing a huge change - like moving apartments or jobs - that are meant to happen within a month or even a week that you have no IDEA what's going to happen. hahah Wishing you all the luck too xx

            8. Happy two year anniversary! Time really does fly by!

            9. Congratulations! The toilet paper thing made me laugh - I've had many discussions about it.


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