So if my calculations are correct…this is my 50th post! 😁🎉
It just so happens that I’m also going on my 18th month of living in Germany- a whole year and a half! I thought I’d take a minute and reflect on everything I’ve learned in this time, and so in lieu of a formal post, I present instead a listicle: 50 Dos, Don’ts, and Nuggets of Wisdom from the past year and a half. 😉
1.) If you plan on moving to Germany, DO consider learning a little German before arriving. 😅
2.) If you’re an expat, DO let yourself feel overwhelmed at times. Learning a new language and adjusting to a new culture is hard! But it’s possible!
3.) DON’T let yourself get discouraged. Ever.
4.) When you’re about to enjoy a meal, DO say “Guten Appetit!”
5.) DON’T say “Friss das, du Schlampe!” 😵
6.) DON’T settle for the first opportunity that comes along, whether it be a new apartment or a new job. Take the time to make sure it’s the right choice for you!
7.) DO make friends with Russians. The Cold War is over people, and they’ve always got vodka on hand! 🇷🇺
8.)DO eat paella, at least once in your life.
9.) DON’T forget to dress up for Halloween! #nevergrowup
10.) DO sports! It’s a great way to meet people and stay in shape (I could stand to do more too 😅)
11.) DON’T try to play Underwater Rugby unless you can hold your breath at 12 feet deep for 30 seconds 😰
12.) DO learn some idioms! They’re fun and funny- i.e. Putzteufel and Giftzwerg 😂
13.) DO go to the international orientation, even if you’re not international.
14.) DO be aware of earthquakes and hurricanes, because ~surprise~ they happen in Germany of all places.
15.) DON’T forget about where you came from! This means celebrating Thanksgiving abroad, fellow Americans! 😋
16.) DON’T be afraid to ask for help!
17.) DO go to the Christmas Market!
18.) DO go to the Castle Christmas Market! For God’s sake, GO!
19.) DON’T take your family for granted, especially if they’re nearby. 😊
20.) DO drink Glühwein.
22.) DON’T drink Glühwein though if Glühbier is available. 🍻
23.) DON’T, I repeat, DO NOT drink Eierpunsch. 😝
24.) DON’T get in between two Spanish people who are having an argument. 😅
25.) DO go see a movie every once in awhile.
26.) But DON’T go alone! 👯
27.) DO try to go to church on Sundays, especially if you’re Catholic and you know the mass like the back of your hand. Free German class, and you’re winning points with Jesus 😇
28.) DO be warned that Germans can’t make lines, and therefore communion is rather stressful.
29.) DON’T work on New Year’s Eve! Even if you’re getting overpaid- start the New Year off right by being with friends!
30.) DON’T believe the Bleigießen.
31.) If you have the opportunity to slide down a snowy mountain on your back like a penguin…DO it. 🐧
32.) DON’T be a hater!
33.) DO/DON’T Karneval…still on the fence about this one. 😂🎉
34.) DON’T go into the sauna in Europe, unless you’re ok with being totally naked. No pants allowed! 🙈
35.) DO respect your elders, especially if they remember the war. 😳
36.) When staying in a hostel, DO make friends with the others there.
37.) DO send postcards/letters/things made of paper that require stamps!
38.) DON’T even think about travelling through Europe and skipping Prague. 😍
39.) Beer gardens are the best gardens. DO be sure to know where the closest one is, at all times.
40.) DO visit the little places, like Würzburg and Speyer!
41.) I know it’s hard, but DO share your Skyline Chili. 😅
42.) When in Amsterdam, DON’T forget to eat at FEBO, and DO join a game of Disco Bingo!
43.) DO ride through the Mosel valley on your bike. 🚴
44.) DON’T drop the jar of honey that you just got as a gift 5 minutes prior…
45.) DO learn how to make Käsespätzle, Borscht, and Gumbo from scratch. 😋
46.) DON’T forget to Skype with loved ones!
47.) DO be sure to read for pleasure.
48.) DON’T drink more than three coffees a day! 😬
49.) DON’T sweat the small stuff. (Duh.)
50.) DO. Just do it all. When it comes down to experiencing something new, or playing it safe…well, how lame is it to be safe all the time? 😂
Also, unofficially at #51, I’d like to add that maintaining a blog is a great way to retain all of these things I’ve learned. If you find yourself abroad, consider blogging too! Thanks for reading this far, and here’s to 50 more posts in the future!
Danke für deinen Besuch!