Top 40 Reasons You Know You’re an American Living in Germany

After living in Germany for over three years now there are some things that let you know that you’ve completely settled into your new environment. While we’re all human, Germans tend to do some things just a little bit differently than Americans.

Here’s my top 40 reasons how you’ll know you’re an American living in Germany, in no particular order:

1. You now squeal with delight and say “Tschussie” instead of goodbye.

2. You can go an entire meal off of one sip of still water.

3. You know the difference between “still water” and “water mit gas”.

4. You crave mayo with french fries instead of ketchup.

5. You no longer need Google Translate to read a menu.

6. You carry multiple reusable bags with you no matter where you go.

7. Your favorite sit down restaurants and open-air cafes are now considered your “fast food”.

8. Driving to Amsterdam or Prague is considered a day trip or a cheap weekend getaway.

9. You know to do all your errands on Saturday because nothing will be open on Sunday.

10. You can endure more than 20k steps on any given day, easily.

11. You know you’ll have to seek out and wave down your waiter if you want to pay the bill.

12. You’ve learned to eat slowly and enjoy the restaurant experience without feeling rushed.

13. You think Hershey’s chocolate tastes a little tart now.

14. You look forward to every single fest.

15. You know what “pork chop on a stick” is.

16. You forgot what a garbage disposal was.

17. You don’t expect ice in your drinks anymore.

18. You have to choose between two buttons to flush the toilet.

19. You know to always carry coins with you if you want to use the restroom in public.

20. You shop mostly at Ikea for your home furnishing and organizing needs.

21. You no longer laugh at the word “ausfahrt”.

22. You have more souvenirs than you know what to do with.

23. You plan all your driving routes around ESSO stations.

24. You forgot what it’s like to “pay at the pump”.

25. You know better to use the crosswalk and wait for the little green man.

26. You call the United States “the States”.

27. You eat gelato no matter what season it is.

28. You look forward to Christmas Market season.

29. You know the perfect place to buy fresh flowers.

30. You say “hallo” or “guten morgan” when you see people instead of “hello” or “good morning”.

31. You can find round trip flights for a family of five to Dublin for under 500 euros.

32. You’re a recycling professional now.

33. You know where to find the best döner kebabs in town.

34. You have a trip planned to another country for every three day weekend.

36. You think rolladens are the best invention ever.

37. You are no longer shocked that beer is cheaper than a glass of water.

38. Your windows are open all year round, and you’re a pro at tilting them opened.

39. You know how to survive summers without air conditioning.

40. Your kids scream silly little things like, “but I don’t want to go to Paris again!”.

Frühstück in Germany

Frühstück may sound like a challenging word but it simply means “breakfast” in German.

Frühstück here in Germany isn’t quite like your traditional American breakfast but that’s okay because it’s pretty darn delicious!! 😋

On this particular day, I decided to order the “pancakes” at which point the waitress decided to kindly warn me that, “it would not be like you would expect, it’s more like grandmother made them.”

Well, I’m not sure whose grandma made these “pancakes” but I sure would love to have her in my life!

These were absolutely delightful and paired very well with the dreamy, creamy vanilla sauce that accompanied it. They almost reminded me of a crepe, except these were a little bit thicker and a tiny bit fluffier. *drool*🤤

Lets also note that the perfect amount of powered sugar sprinkled delicately on top of the freshest fruit truly brought this breakfast up a notch. Pretty sure I’m going to start doing this at home to dress up all my meals. 😉

The french toast was incredibly delicious, too. They almost tasted like a fried funnel cake except these had a yummy raspberry jam surprise inside. 🥰

My heart is happy. ❤️

5 Things I Love About Eating Out In Europe

While there are many things that I love (and have grown to love) about living in Europe, today I’m going to talk about five things that I truly enjoy about dining out here in Germany.

Let’s just get straight to it, shall we?

 

5 Things I Love About Eating Out In Europe

 

1. Fine Dining.

Every dining experience is a “fine dining” experience whether you’re eating a burger and fries or an exquisite delicacy from a top rated restaurant. The food is always fresh and the presentation is always stunning. It’s as if they are backstage practicing diligently and precisely how to gracefully glide each plate out of their angelic little hands like a delicate ballerina in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Not only that, but they present it to you as if it is such a gift to be able to serve you with the most exquisite dining materials. Plates, bowls and knives, oh my! Oh, and their mesmerizing, exotic, deep heavy accents only add to the beauty of the presentation that they display before you. “Madam, here is this fine plate that you shall be eating off of tonight, it is paired elegantly with the fork and the knife so that you have a plethora of options as you dine on your delicious feast this evening. Please enjoy every morsel and dream of me as I twirl away to the exit music that will begin to play as I drift away slowly to the next table.”

At least that’s how it mostly goes in my head. 😉

2. Open-Air Cafes.

Almost every single restaurant has the option to eat outside and the scenery is always breathtaking. Eating outside isn’t just “eating outside” it’s much, much more than that. It’s as if you’re sitting in a magical fairy-tale garden as the wind gently kisses your face all whilst the smell of freshly baked breads and perfectly aged wines dance around you. Not only this but gargoyles and cherubs sit closely nearby, nestled tightly on each massive towering building, admiring you as you dine. Just knowing that they are there, existing, as you fill your belly, brings comfort and joy to your soul.

3. Dog Friendly (and I don’t even have a dog).

There’s no better feeling than having a furry companion by your side as you enjoy a comforting meal made by someone else’s hand, even if it’s not yours! I’ve not only seen dogs outside of the cafes snuggled quietly near their owner’s feet, but I’ve also seen dogs inside some restaurants (be sure to call ahead), sitting obediently and patiently while their owners happily mingle and dine. It’s quite the sight to see. The server immediately offers to bring a bowl of fresh water and always seems genuinely concerned about the pups overall well being. It’s truly heartwarming to see. There’s also just something about having an animal nearby, something calming and therapeutic simply hovers in the air around you. It just makes the room so much more cuddly and cozy.

4. No Small Talk.

This was something that I gradually learned to love the more times I went out to eat here in Germany. The waitress couldn’t care any less about how you feel about the weather, how many children you have or don’t have, or what kind of church you go to or don’t go to. Germans believe in relaxing and enjoying a meal without any disruptions, so you’ll never find the waitress hovering over you or coming back to check on you way too many times with a handful of small talk ready to go each time. You could be in a restaurant at the same table for over five hours and no one would bat an eyelash. As long as you’re enjoying your meal and having a good time, that’s all that truly matters. Now on the flip side, if you’re in a hurry, be sure to learn the subtle art of flagging down your waiter because otherwise you’ll be sitting there for a lifetime waiting for your bill. The majority of the time, however, I’m not in a hurry and it’s so relaxing and refreshing to know that we aren’t going to be timed and hurried out of the room simply because it’s the rush hour.

5. Tipping For Smiles.

No matter what I tip, from my experiences anyway, the waiter or waitress is always overly thankful and grateful for my generosity. So overly thankful, in fact, that it always feels like they are giving me an acceptance speech as if I’ve handed them an Oscar for their award winning performance. Tipping really isn’t a big thing here in Europe because the wait staff is paid well for their service. In the States, it’s quite the opposite and so waiters and waitresses rely heavily on their customer’s tips. However, here in Germany, it doesn’t matter if I give one euro or five, the server is always incredibly satisfied with my generosity and has always thanked me graciously for anything extra that I add to the bill. Even though it’s not custom here to tip generously, I always tip my waiter at least 15-20% because I am so very grateful for their time.

So there you have it, my top five things that I love about my dining experiences here in Europe. Enjoy the photos below of some of the meals I’ve thoroughly enjoyed while living here in Germany.

Until next time,

Tschüss!🖤

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A little pizza restaurant in Wiesbaden. Those olives, I dream about (and I don’t even like olives).
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Cafe and Bar Celona downtown Nuremberg, Germany.
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A restaurant down in Rudesheim am Rhein. The yogurt dressing is so mouth watering delicious.
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Little Italy, downtown Wiesbaden. The most heavenly Gorgonzola gnocchi ever plated.
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One of the best schnitzel’s I’ve had since moving to Germany.
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One of my favorite meals at Brauhaus Castel in Wiesbaden. There’s a baked potato in there somewhere.

The Night Watchman’s Tour: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

If you’ve ever wondered if an actual fairy-tale town existed, then wonder no more!

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is an actual town that exists in Germany and it’s filled to the brim with all the beautiful, lovely little things that live within your fairy-tale dreams.

Not only is this town something out of a dreamland, it is also most commonly recognized as one of the best medieval towns in Germany. Check out my other post from our last visit, specifically to the torture museum.

This visit, we decided to settled in for The Night Watchman’s Tour at 8 o’clock on the dot with Hans Georg Baumgartner and he did not disappoint. If I remember correctly, it was about 8 euro per adult and children under 12 were free. You don’t pay beforehand as he relies solely on the honor-system, and so he accepts your cash only payment at the end of the tour.

The tour (yes, in English!) lasted about an hour and was filled with great detail and witty humor, the perfect combination for a guided history walk around this dreamy picturesque town.

Check out this little snippet I took of The Night Watchman:

 

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One of the oldest structures in Rothenburg, now a restaurant. One of the stops on the tour.
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Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019.
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Eyes closed! Oops! but my only photo taken with The Night Watchmen, a must!
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Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019. LOVE these little restaurants!
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Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019.
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Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019.
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The Night Watchmen. Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019.
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The Night Watchmen Tour. Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019.
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Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019.
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The waiting point for the tour. Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019.
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Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019.
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Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019.
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Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019.
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Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019.
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Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany. 2019.
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One of the most popular spots to snag a photo in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. 
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Our day trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
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A view from walking Rothenburg ob der Tauber’s city wall.
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Part of Rothenburg’s city wall
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. 
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Adorable hotels are scattered throughout the city. 
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Another view from walking Rothenburg ob der Tauber’s city walls.

 

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A plethora of delightful cafe’s and restaurants to choose from while visiting Rothenburg.
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The most amazing vanilla ice cream with hot raspberry sauce from a local cafe. 
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Group photo from our visit to Rothernburg ob der Tauber. 

 

Las Adelitas. Prague, Czech Republic.

Who travels all the way to Prague for Mexican food??

THIS GIRL!! 🙋‍♀️

Twice now.

And I’d go again in a heartbeat.

The street tacos are the best I’ve had in all of Europe and when you’ve lived in Europe for almost two years without real authentic Mexican food anywhere in sight, you drive to Prague for the best tortillas ever.

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And when you’re done eating those heaven like tortillas, walk on over to Angelato for a scoop or two of the best pistachio and stracciatella icecream in all the land. 😍

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Musée de l’Orangerie

Days before embarking on a trip to Paris with a friend, a coworker immediately suggested I visit the Musée de l’Orangerie, one of her absolute favorite museums in Paris, France.

Being a huge impressionist fan, she knew I would thoroughly enjoy the large display of Claude Monet paintings hidden inside.

Long post short, I absolutely adored this museum and highly suggest you stop in for a visit the next time you’re in Paris.

Below is a quick video and a few pictures to show you just how wonderful this little underrated museum actually is.

 

 

 

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Musée de l’Orangerie
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Musée de l’Orangerie

 

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Eiffel Tower: Nighttime Edition

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France is a gorgeous sight to be seen during the day, however, at night it truly lights up the sky (and my heart!) ♥

Check out my personal video (and photos) below…

 

 

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😍 I am absolutely in love with this view. Can you believe this was taken with my cell phone?
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Another view of the Eiffel Tower from a nearby bridge.
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Paris, France. April 2019.
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Eiffel Tower. April 2019.
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Eiffel Tower. 2019.
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Stunning. Paris, France. 2019.
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I adore this bridge perspective. April 2019.
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Paris, France. 2019.
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Sparkly!! 😍
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Paris, France. 2019.
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A walking view of the Eiffel Tower.
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Street view of the Eiffel Tower.
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Love this daytime view of the Eiffel Tower.
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Paris, France. 2019.

 

 

 

Charles Bridge. Prague, Czech Republic.

Prague has easily become one of my faaaaaaavorite European cities to visit. Great food, amazing sights, and amazingly affordable.

What more could one ask for?

One of my favorite things to do in Prague is to walk the Charles Bridge.

This bridge is anything but average. It’s a whopping 2,037 feet long and 33 feet wide. Yes, THAT big. Its presence is massive and absolutely incredible and worth each and every little step you take on it.

Construction on this bridge started waaaaay back in 1357 and took about 45 years to complete. Throughout the years, the bridge has suffered severe damage and has undergone several repairs and about 100 years ago or so they officially blocked off the bridge to traffic and it became a pedestrian only bridge.

There are 30 massive statues placed all along the bridge, however around 1965, the statues were replaced by replicas, one by one. The originals, however, were relocated to the National Museum in Prague.

While there are several statues on the bridge, there is one statue in particular that draws a lot of attention. The statue of St. John Nepomuk. Legend has it that if you rub the falling priest on the statue, that not only will it bring you good luck, but it will also promise your safe return to Prague.

How fun is that!? Well, not for the falling priest, I guess. 😐

Check out my pics below of my most recent trip back to Prague and to the Charles Bridge.

🖤Nae

 

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THE Twinings Tea

Remember back in December when I went to London?

No?

That’s because I never posted about it. Oops!

London was amazing, y’all! As if I even needed to say that.

My very first stop, of course, with my tea loving self, was the Twinings Tea shop right in the heart of London.

Can you believe this place has been around for more than 300 years!?

Like, what?!

That’s a LOT of tea! (and yes, they sell coffee too!) 😊

I got to sample different flavors of tea from their Loose Tea Bar and then stuffed my carry-on with as much tea as I could. 😅

Check out the photos below and then stay tuned for another post with the rest of my photos from my London adventures.

❤️, nae

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Entrance. 1706!
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You can book your very own tea experience!
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You can buy different flavors by the packet.. or the box!
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My friend got me these! 🤩
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My stash! LOVE all of these but the Lady Grey is my ABSOLUTE favorite. 😍
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Of course I bought this, too! A must for any tea lover.

 

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Tips.
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TIP box.
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😊
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Daniel Twining, second head of firm.
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Love that the shop was also set up like a mini museum.
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Tried the Green Tea Mango to go. 😋
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I also purchased one of those tote bags. 😍 Of course. 😉

You Are Here

I’m not a big Starbucks fan (mainly because I don’t drink coffee plus I find it easier to just make my own tea), however, I have family and friends that loooove Starbucks and that’s exactly how I discovered these little gems while living abroad.

Thanks, friends.

These are from the Starbucks’ “You Are Here” collection and I absolutely adore the graphics on these. Isn’t this the most adorable design ever?

I haven’t started collecting these (simply because I don’t have the cabinet space- ha!) but I’ve been oh so tempted for quite some time.

As you can see, I finally broke down and bought the Disneyland Paris one, because, you know, why not?🤷‍♀️🤩

Hopefully I maintain some self control and don’t start collecting more. 😅🙈

Either way, these are such a wonderful souvenir idea that I just couldn’t resist.😍

*update* I just bought a “Germany” mug.

So it begins.

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Second update*** I just bought the one in Prague! Ahhhh

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