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Sunday, July 24, 2016

My 3 Year Expat Anniversary!

As of today, I have lived for three years in Germany. That's right, it's my 3 year anniversary as an expat! And let me tell you, it was the best year yet!

Now that it has become tradition (1st anniversary, 2nd anniversary), I will now give a run down of all the things I have seen and accomplished in this past year.

July 2015

My German driver's license


August 2015

Invalid German visa


September 2015

  • Marco and I celebrated our four-year anniversary!
Homemade Reese's peanut butter cups

October 2015

USA Haul


November 2015

  • For Thanksgiving weekend, Marco took me on a little vacation to the Baltic Sea, where he asked me to marry him (and I said yes)!
  • By the way, this was also my FOURTH Thanksgiving in Germany! 


December 2015

  • I stayed in Germany for Christmas this year, spending time with Marco's family in Nuremberg (even though they're not from Nuremberg).
  • We spent New Year's Eve at home in Lüneburg, where I did lead pouring for the first time and lit off some fireworks in the street!



January 2016

My Müller meter


February 2016



March 2016

  • I successfully finished my third semester of grad school in Germany! If only I hadn't mistakenly taken a class that didn't end up counting towards my degree, this would have been my very last time taking classes...
  • I also started tutoring two German teenagers (13 and 15 years old) in English this month, which has ended up being a lot of fun!



April 2016

  • Marco and I spent Easter in his hometown in Southern Germany, where I tried driving stick shift again. It went quite well, and I even drove four hours on the Autobahn!
Learning to drive stick shift in Germany

  • I started my fourth (and hopefully last) semester of my master's degree, which means I also started writing my master's thesis!


May 2016

  • Marco and I were quite busy requesting, collecting, and translating documents for our marriage application
A photo posted by Courtney (@courtneydmartin) on



June 2016

  • UEFA European Championships started (but Germany lost in the semifinals)
  • I was nominated for an academic award at my university for the "best foreign student" (spoiler: I won and received the award in July)



July 2015


  • I won the award!




And today, on July 24th, I have reached my 3-year anniversary living in Germany. What a crazy 3 years it has been.

Here's to another great year!

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