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!”.

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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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

I’ve done a good deal of traveling this past year but I can’t believe I hadn’t been to Rothenburg ob der Tauber much sooner, especially because it was just a mere two and a half hour drive from our home.

This town had been described as a fairy-tale like town with a romantic vibe, and it truly was just that. I felt compelled to take photos with each and every step, so badly in fact, that I had to remind myself to put away my camera and fully embrace the moment I was living in. I just couldn’t believe that a place like this actually existed and even more that people really lived in this little town.

The town is home to an imperial castle that dates back as far as 1142 and during the Middle Ages, the Market Square, in the heart of Rothenburg, was a place that held events like markets, meetings, and even executions. However, scattered across this charming little town, you can take in the most breathtaking architecture, which includes the most beautifully colored buildings I’ve ever seen.

One of the most interesting things you can do while in Rothenburg ob de Tauber, is visit the Medieval Crime Museum. The museum is home to exhibits ranging from the most bizarre shame masks to sinister looking iron torture chambers. Without a doubt, Rothenburg’s Medieval Crime Museum has got to be one of Germany’s most unique stops. Not only do they have a creepy line-up of punishment and torture devices on display but they also posses public records regarding some of Bavaria’s most notorious criminals, who took part in scandalous matters from treason, murder, and even witchcraft. Needless to say, a visit to this museum is certainly one to remember.

To lighten up the atmosphere after a visit to the Mittelalter Kriminalmuseum, you can walk on down to the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop. Käthe Wohlfahrt is a famous Christmas shop that you can find in many locations worldwide, however, Rothenburg ob de Tauber, is host to its main head office so you’ll be sure to find one of a kind gifts and souvenirs in all shapes and sizes. After you wrap up your Christmas shopping, stop in to check out the German Christmas Museum which houses an array of Christmas themed items, including ornaments dating back to the 1870’s.

While there are many things to see and do while in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, it’s worth mentioning that there are a variety of wonderful restaurants and cafe’s to choose from too. We ate an amazing little pizza cafe called, Eiscafe-Pizzeria Romathat had the most amazing pizza and chicken cordon bleu that I’ve ever tasted. Next time we go, we were urged to try, Zur Höll, an authentic little German restaurant apparently worth every penny. Speaking of pennies, most (not all) shops and restaurants only take cash, so be sure to have pockets full of euro so you can indulge in all the town’s specialties.

Also noteworthy, we had the opportunity to try Schneeballs while in town. Rothenburg’s (very popular) unique fried pastry dessert that tourists seem to flock to. Unfortunately, we didn’t keep a good eye on time so it was a little after 6pm before we had the chance to try these famous snowballs, which meant that all the little bakeries that sold them were closed (this was a Saturday too). Defeated, we ended up trying some at a local coffee shop and sadly they seemed a bit too dry for our taste, the coffee, however, was amazing. I don’t want to give up on these famous little Schneeballs though, so next time we go I’ll be sure to make it a priority on my list.

While Schneeballs will be high on the list the next time I visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the main thing that I will definitely be taking part in while we’re there (that was highly recommended) is the Night Watchman’s Tour. It’s an entertaining hour long walking tour about the history of the town and starts around 8pm, so if you have the time to stay the night, supposedly, this tour is worth the extra time.

 

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