It’s been four months since we arrived in Munich, and while we haven’t really gotten to know many Germans well, we’ve gotten to know a few things about Germans — the good, the bad and the puzzling.
Two of the main reasons we moved to Munich were 1) all of the fun things you can do in the city and surrounding lakes and mountains, and 2) all of the time off that people get to do them.
In many ways, we feel lucky. Torsten has a new job he likes, and we live in an apartment most Münchners would envy, in one of the nicest neighborhoods of a city that’s regularly ranked one of the world’s most livable.
But of course, we grumble.
So far, almost everything has been going our way (yay!), but more recently, we’re starting to experience facets of real life in Germany (doh!). Continue reading “Real life sets in”
It’s been 30 days since we touched down in Munich, and it’s been a blur.
Moving to another country with just two suitcases and a backpack of camping gear has opened our eyes to how much is involved in setting up a new household. Continue reading “A grueling day at IKEA”
We don’t really have friends yet in Munich, but every week — thanks to the meet-up groups we’ve joined — the invitations roll in.
We got the Nymphenburg apartment we wanted, which makes us happy. But now we have to furnish it, from scratch, and we’re feeling overwhelmed.
The verdict is in: Both Torsten and Catiana say it’s time for Beth to speak German every day, even to Torsten.