One Year in Germany!

Quite by accident, the end of May has become our official unofficial moving-aversary. This time last year, we were leaving the Netherlands for Germany, but this time seven years ago (🤯), we were leaving Pittsburgh for the Netherlands! In honor of our one-year Deutsch-aversary, I wanted to do a little reflecting. What do we really […]

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January 2021 Joy Report

Whitney's 35th birthday.

January always feels like a long month. Do you agree? Oddly, January 2021 has flown by! Perhaps it’s the monotony of lockdown life. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. A quick update on life here in Munich. We’ve been in partial lockdown since the beginning of November and a […]

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December Joy Report

Happy Birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! I drank too much last night….that’s the end of this post! 🤦‍♀️😆 Jussssttt kidddinnnggg…about it being the end of this post. Happy New Year! Anyway, I’m rounding out 2020’s joy reports with a double-joy-whammy! First up are a few things that made me happy in December, but […]

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November Joy Report

Partial lockdown is boring. Don’t get me wrong – I think it’s the right thing to do, and if I’m being honest, we’re pretty boring people on a day-to-day. I do miss the gym, though. We’re pretty creative in our 30 sq meters (300 sq feet) but it not quite the same as a bouldering […]

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October Joy Report

So, October was…going! Honestly, with the job and residency drama behind us, we’ve just chugging along this month. Getting into our new routine, appreciating the mundane daily life, enjoying the fall weather and colors. And then the unexpected happened. My trivial October joys were greatly overshadowed by one event – the loss of my cousin, […]

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September Joy Report

A large pretzel and cheese dip.

Yes, I’m a day late. I just wanted to make sure I incorporated the entire month of September for the most accurate reporting, ya know? Anyway, quick update on Munich life, then on to the joy report! It’s been in the American news lately that the numbers of coronavirus cases in Europe are increasing, which […]

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The Truth about Moving to Munich

Shane leaving for work on his bike.

I’m just going to come out and say it. Moving to another country is nothing like the movies. Sure, you can sell your things, pack your bags, and take off for that new life abroad, but generally speaking, you won’t be staying longer than 90 days or legally working without some sort of residence permit. […]

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Germany: Three Month Impressions + August Joy Report

Entrance to the Mini-Hofbrauhaus

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in Munich for three months. Even harder to believe that Shane still isn’t working, but that’s a post for another day (I don’t have nice things to say, and we need the good karma). A month into our German expat adventure, I wrote about my (our) first impressions. […]

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