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!”.

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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Traveling Made Easy

One of the greatest perks about living abroad is that you can pretty much travel (mostly) anywhere you’d like, on the cheap.✈️😃

Back in October, I booked a flight AND a hotel from Frankfurt to London for under 300 euro for an entire four day weekend. 🤗🙏

What!? 😍

Yup.😎🤩

In less than four hours, we could drive to Paris or Brussels. Prague, less than six, and in less than twelve, we could be in Italy! 😍

As a matter of fact, I could have driven to London myself in under eight if I really wanted to. 👩🚗❤ (Yes, there’s a ferry involved.) 🚢👀

We seriously have so many (affordable) options. 💛

Fortunately for us, flights are pretty cheap too so we don’t have to drive everywhere if we really don’t want to. 👍

Oh, and lets not forget to mention all our options with the train. 🚂😃

So I guess my point is, if you ever have the opportunity to live abroad for a few years, you should oh so totally do it. 😍😬👍🙌

Anyway, check out a couple plane pics from my last trip to London (more photos coming soon). 😘

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Sunset in London

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I named him Harry. Of course.

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Andalouse All The Way

When in Belgium… Andalouse!!

This delicious, slightly spicy, mayo like sauce is the perfect topping for those perfectly crispy on the outside but perfectly potato-y on the inside, Belgium Fries. 😍

So what makes French fries from Belgium so extra special?

Two simple things.

They’re fresh, never frozen and they’re fried at the perfect temperature, twice.

This combination creates the most incredibly delicious fries you’ve ever had. Top with mayo or andalouse and you have yourself the most incredible snack you’ve ever had your hands on.

Check out the photos below from our very first trip to a Belgium french fry shop in Brussels. 😊

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